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We believe the Gospel is the most important thing, and we are determined to know that first and most (1 Cor 2.2). That means we are not a conservative church first, or a liberal church first. We are not a political organization or a movement first. We are not hip or culture warriors first. We are not even Hilliardites first. We are Christians first and most. We believe a church should be so focused on the Gospel that all sorts of otherwise disagreeing people will find themselves worshipping next to one another, bound together by Christ alone.

We hope to see a city full of people who love Jesus, are reconciled to one another, and pursue the common good everywhere.

We believe the Bible is true and is the great story of God's determination to fix a broken world through Jesus (Col 1.19-20). The preaching, teaching, and worship in our church strives to be Biblical in every way.

We love church membership because it is our way of telling you that when you need us we'll be there for you. And we still want you to worship with us even if feel you can't become a member for one reason or another.

We believe Jesus welcomes sinners and pushes away those who think they have no sin. If you are in need of God's grace you are in the right place.

We give a significant portion of our church income away to people and organizations that need it. And we give to the planting of new churches and the revitalization of old ones too.   

We believe a church can connect people in a way that helps a suburb feel more like home, so we have home groups and play groups and whatever else we can do together. God loves a good party (Acts 14.17) so we try to party well. 

We are a church for Hilliard, not just in Hilliard.

We believe God desires a diverse congregation, as close to the Bible's picture of "every tribe and tongue" as possible. If you don't see anyone like you here we sure hope you'll stick around. 

We believe that God gave us the communion meal as a way to remember the Gospel and be spiritually nourished. So we celebrate communion every week.

We host Q/A sessions after sermons occasionally because hard questions should never remain hidden.

We make use of both ancient and modern resources, liturgies, songs, hymns, instruments, creeds, prayers, and anything else we can find that glorifies God and ministers the gospel in our worship. We believe that good music and good words stir the soul, so our worship aims to use the best of both. 

We believe a church should be a force for real transformation with new cities springing from old ones. 

We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). 

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James Kessler (Pastor)
James was born in Columbus but moved often and did not discover the Gospel until he joined a PCA church in Orlando Florida at the age of 13. He attended Covenant College where he met his wife Laura. James went on to attend Covenant Seminary and after graduation served as Associate Pastor at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Ohio for nine years. James and Laura have two daughters: Audrey and Emmaline. In addition to family/princess time James loves writing, coffee, exercise (non-running), and watching other people exercise at The Shoe (Ohio Stadium). 

 

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Heath Zuniga (Church Planting Resident)

Heath was raised in Canton, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. It was during his time in undergrad that he came to understand the beauty of the gospel and then was later set-up to emcee a Cru retreat with his future spouse, Emily. After graduation, Heath and Emily spent time in Venezuela, Seattle and then attended Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. Heath and Emily have one son, Hudson. 

Heath enjoys spending time with his family, running, reading, architecture and has high hopes for the U.S. Men’s soccer team. 

 

Kelly Arehart (New City Kids Director)
Kelly leads New City's ministry to kids. She has years of experience integrating the truth of the Gospel and the love of Jesus for children. At New City we take the nurturing of children very seriously. Kelly oversees our weekly children's church and leads our ministry team devoted to building a place for kids to grow up strong in a community of faith. 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Boucher (City Team Lead)
Our church is committed to leaving Hilliard, Columbus, and the world, better than we found it. We want our city to be glad that we're here even if they never walk in the door of our church. Jacob leads our City team, a group that thinks about project-based ways to bless our neighborhoods. They plan projects, figure out how to make greatest possible impact, and help our congregation connect to those opportunities. 

Jill Harmon (Finance Team Lead)
Jill helps us pursue radical generosity as a church for our city. Way more than keeping "the books," Jill helps us think about our mission in very practical ways. 

Joel Howard (Genesis Team Lead)
Joel is helping to lead our brand new youth ministry, Genesis. They meet Sunday nights at the church house to study God's word, community-bond, and learn about how to be more like Jesus even while you're a student. 

Sarah Stankey (Outreach Team Lead)
If you've spent any time at New City, you know that we want people to "belong before they believe." One way we do that is to throw frequent parties where we can welcome guests and communicate the bigger welcome of the Gospel. Planning that ideal gathering is a huge job and Sarah leads our team dedicated to the task. If something fun is happening at New City, Sarah's team helped us do it. 

John Carl Williams (Setup Team Lead)
Church planting is a weekly swarm of logistics, improvisation, Tetris, yelling, and things working out. It's hard work to create a church every week in the middle of a school building. John leads our team of miracle workers.