July 28, 2014

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Welcome to the Team FaithWay website! Take a look around and if you have any questions please be sure to contact us.

Team FaithWay is a group of friends and families that wishes to bring glory to God through the starting of churches in the Midwest with the first church opening in a northern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio in March of 2014.  Six of the team members grew up together in Northwest Indiana in the First Baptist Church of Hammond’s ministries, while the other team members moved to the area to prepare for ministry by attending Hyles-Anderson College.  Eventually all of the men of the team came to work in various positions within the ministries of the church and college.

The vision for FaithWay was planted in the heart of Lead Pastor, Ken Schaap, as he prayed about what God wanted him to do in the coming years.  One by one Ken invited several friends and co-workers to prayerfully consider taking their families and moving with him to plant a church in the Cincinnati area.  Each person invited came back to Ken after several weeks of prayer, fasting, and counsel and informed him that they too felt that God was in this plan.

The mission of Team FaithWay is to build a church that honors God, reaches people with the Gospel, and builds believers in their walk with the Lord.  The Foundational principles of the team are found in these three goals:

  • Seeking Christ (Philippians 3:10 “That I may know Him…”)
  • Sharing Christ (Ephesians 2:10 “…created in Christ Jesus unto good works…”)
  • Serving Christ (Colossians 1:18 “…that in all things He might have the preeminence.”)

The team members are currently working hard on raising financial support as well as preparing for their move, selling houses; looking for houses; and searching for the perfect place for church services.

The FaithWay Team is a unique group with each individual bringing his own gifts to complement each other in this endeavour.  You can read more about the individuals here.

Please pray for the Team as they progress forward in attempting to do their part in fulfilling the Great Commission!

A word about our teaching pastor

Jerod Long and I have been friends since grade school.  In fact, we both remember a conversation we had as 3rd-graders when we discussed one day working together as pastor and assistant of a church.  Since then we have been privileged to serve together in a variety of ministry roles.  With our wives’ help, we started a Sunday School class together for newly married couples that eventually ministered to nearly 200 families.  Soon after that, we began producing a radio show that covered relevant topics in today’s world and addressed them from a Biblical perspective.  From there we became co-teachers and sometimes, co-preachers in a number of different venues.  Besides radio, we have taught together in churches, college classes, and Biblical training courses.

It was on our first radio show that a nickname for Jerod stuck.  Off the cuff, without planning it, I referred to him as “the Professor,” and within our church over the next several months that became his second name.  Jerod is without a doubt, to me personally, one of the most gifted students of the Bible that I have known, and therefore, one of the best teachers of the Bible that I have heard.  He has training from the University of Jerusalem in Biblical Hebrew and has taught Bible at the high school level for 7 years.  When he agreed to join me as an assistant pastor in starting the FaithWay Baptist Church, there was little doubt as to what his title should be.  The Apostle Paul said that to some men, the Lord gives the gift of teaching, and then gives those men to a church.  Some denominations insist that every church needs a teaching pastor.  I do not believe this.  I do believe, however, that God has given the FaithWay team a very spiritually gifted teacher.  I am thrilled to have Jerod as our Teaching Pastor from Day 1 of our church plant.  Jerod will be in charge of developing our discipleship program as well as the curriculum of the teaching arm of the church.  To hear some of his most recent teaching and preaching, click here:

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