Church of the Brethren
The central emphasis of the Church of the Brethren is not a creed, but a commitment to follow Christ in simple obedience, to be faithful disciples in the modern world. As do most other Christians, the Brethren believe in God as Creator and loving Sustainer. We confess the Lordship of Christ, and we seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of life, thought, and mission.
We hold the New Testament as our guidebook for living, affirming with it the need for lifelong and faithful study of the Scriptures. Brethren believe that God has revealed an unfolding purpose for the human family and the universe through the Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament), and fully in the New Testament. We hold the New Testament as the record of the life, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and of the beginnings of the life and thought of the Christian church.
Faithful following of Jesus Christ and obedience to the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures have led us to emphasize principles that we believe are central in true discipleship. Among these are peace and reconciliation, simple living, integrity of speech, family values, and service to neighbors near and far.
The Lynchburg Church of the Brethren began in 1920 with the Reverend I. N. H. Beahm conducting services once a month, usually in the homes of its early members. The church was formally organized in 1921 with 14 charter members.
The first church building was located at 423 Wadsworth Street and was used from 1921 until 1964. Rev. N.W. Crumpacker was called as our first full-time pastor in 1960. The church relocated to its present building at 200 Atlanta Ave. in 1964.
Continuing over 80 years of tradition, our congregation witnesses the Christian faith to the Lynchburg area by following Brethren practices in worship and in lifestyle:
- living the New Testament
- giving service to our neighbor
- observing the Love Feast tradition of footwashing, fellowship meal, and communion.
- believer’s baptism
We invite you to worship with us as we continue the work of Jesus, peacefully, simply, together.
Pastor: Rev. Jack Karpenske
Assistant Pastor: Rev. Jennifer Foust