Our Beliefs & Denomination

Our Denomination

We are a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church.  The Evangelical Covenant Church seeks to form communities that are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and passionately engaged in Christ’s mission in the world.

The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through a faith with Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.

We are:

  • Evangelical, but not exclusive
  • Biblical, but not doctrinaire
  • Traditional, but not rigid
  • Congregational, but not independent

The Evangelical Covenant Church comes out of historical Christianity through the Protestant Reformation. The denomination's distinctive spirit has been further shaped by our early origins in the Lutheran Church of Sweden, the great spiritual awakenings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the more recent North American renewal movements. The Evangelical Covenant Church is committed to reaching across boundaries of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, and status.

Our Beliefs

Instead of listing bullet points of doctrine, our essential beliefs are summed in what we call the Covenant Affirmations. In other words, these are the things that we say yes to together. Their purpose is to make clear the values and principles that have guided the Evangelical Covenant Church since its founding in 1885.