It all started with a prayer…

     Early in 2007 our church family started with a prayer and ended up with our move from Baltimore Avenue to Holland Glade Road – 10 years ago. This was a giant leap of faith.  Since then, we have welcomed hundreds of new members, reached out to our community in countless was through all of our mission areas. 

     None of this could be accomplished without you, our member volunteers in conjunction with our community volunteers. We truly are a church centered in God and focused on Exploring Faith and Embracing Community.


Lord, what do you want to do through me?
Not an Equal Share, but and equal sacrifice.
What is your goal?

  Sacrifice is mentioned more often in the Bible than even prayer. It is defined as something “a worshiper brings to express devotion, thanksgiving or the need for forgiveness.”  To give a sacrifice is to give something of value, and give it with joy. What may not be of value to one could be extremely valuable to another.  To understand this even better, please read Luke 21: 1-4.
Please take a moment to view these videos. They show the heart and soul of Epworth – how Epworth works to be…
You may switch between them, simply click the video link at the bottom.
Take a moment to imagine…
…expanded family ministries creating an environment where children, youth and families can feel supported and surrounded by a community of person who value them. Help us to set the stage for families to be excited about discovering Christ working through them.
…stronger connections with people of color living side by side with us as well as people of other faiths who worship just down the street from us. Help us to bridge the divides that separate us from our neighbors and witness to our God’s desire to see us at one with each other.
…a service of worship held during the week or on a weeknight for those involved in retail business that prohibits them from joining us on Sunday mornings. Help us to give more options for people to be able to worship God and study God’s Word.
…a new partnership with our community outside the walls of our church where we meet together to discuss common needs we all have, and work together to meet those needs. Help us give a new meaning to local missions where rich and poor work together to solve the problems of hunger and poverty.
…a plan for maintenance of our facilities that does not have to be put off because of the lack of funds or limited cash flow, allowing us to present a vibrant and inspirational setting for the ministries that offer healing and wholeness. Help us improve our facility, keeping it safe and inviting for all who walk within our doors.
All these things could be possible if we complete the move to Holland Glade Road by paying off the mortgage. Right now, half of our mortgage payment goes to interest for the bank. Your gift to our Capital Campaign would allow 100% of your gift to go into the equity of Epworth Church to set free those monies to Imagine the Possibilities…

First Step Benchmark – $800,000

This benchmark is a minimum threshold for beginning our effort. This level of commitment will allow us to take big steps toward erasing our church’s debt of $1.2 Million. Our hope is to have commitments at this level in hand very soon.


Challenge Benchmark – $1,200,000

This benchmark will allow us to go even closer to retiring our debt and freeing up funds for family ministries, possible community partnerships and maintenance & repairs. This benchmark will require an extra effort on all our parts to meet the challenge of preparing to strengthen future ministry.


Celebration (or Stretch) Benchmark – $1,400,000

This benchmark will allow us to erase our debt payments and redirect our energies more directly to new ministries and neglected maintenance of our beautiful building. It will be a greater sacrifice for us, but one we can reach as we all work together. This benchmark will require gifts across all members of our congregation at every level but the real reward will be strengthening our ministry for a bold future.

Dedication of the Leaders for the Capital Campaign
at the January 7 Worship Service.
…not all of the Leadership Team is pictured here
Read more about our Consultant
from Horizons Stewardship, Zip Long – CLICK HERE.
Denny St Germain – Co-Chair, Andy Brangenberg – Co-Chair, David Hagelin – Co-Chair, Lauren Stayton, Cathy Benson, Susan Jimenez, John and Linda Ecklund, Nancy Logan, Cathy and Bill Shook, Barbara Kurtz, Sue Brenton, Beth Rinker, Karen McCauley, Miriam Barton, Tom Trlica, Sandy Roberts, Jeanne Jerfsten, Rose Barcelona, Gwen Osborne, Bill Quinn, Brett Svensson, Bob & Marilyn Smith, Evans & Diane Shearon, Mike Tyler, David Garrett, Linda Kauffman, Sue Spencer, Vicky Starnes, Glenn Catley, Franklin ‘Zip’ Long