Our Story

By FAITH Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  - Hebrews 11:8


The journey began in 1996 when two faithful followers were asked to consider planting a Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church in Roanoke.  After much prayerful consideration, they agreed.  Jim Hain, an ordained Methodist minister since 1972, would pastor the church and his wife Loine would co-pastor the administrative portion.  Their daughter, Rebecca, would be the worship leader.  With much help from the rest of their family and some faithful friends, the church was started.  What began as their story has now evolved into OUR story.  We thank them for being faithful.  We are so grateful. 


In the beginning, the service was held in temporary locations.   In 2001, we purchased a former gymnastics facility and renovated the building into what is now our home on Fallowater Lane.  Members of the church completed much of the renovation and we opened the doors in the Fall of 2002.


In the Summer of 2003, Loine resigned from her administrative duties and Darren Potter, an ordained minister since 1997, was added to our staff as an associate pastor.  His role evolved and today Darren continues to serve in his second term as Senior Pastor.  While Jim maintains his status as Pastor Emeritus, he resigned in October 2012.  


As we enter each new year, we at Community of Faith are eager to see transformation in the Roanoke Valley and continue to seek God and serve Him in spirit and in truth. 


OUR CORE VALUES

Experiencing God's Love and Grace:

We value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.


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Believing the Bible:

We value the Bible as God's authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.


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Worshiping God:

We value heart-felt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed and life-changing.


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Following Jesus:

We value whole-hearted obedience to Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.


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Belonging to the Community of Faith:

(...hey, there's a great name for a church!)  We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love and acceptance.


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Witnessing to the World:

We value an active and loving witness for Jesus to all people.


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Serving Compassionately:

We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.


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Pursuing Peace:

We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation and non-violent resolution of conflict.


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Living Simply:

We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously and serve joyfully.


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Relying on God:

We confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.




*Feel free to dig deeper into the history and beliefs of the Brethren In Christ denomination by clicking HERE.