Leadership & Doctrine

Pastor Andrew Willis and his wife, Becki

Pastor Andrew Willis and his wife, Becki

Message from Pastor Andrew Willis      

Welcome to Maplelawn Baptist Church! We are a community of Christians, located in Wyoming, MI, who desire to glorify God by proclaiming His Word, praising His Person, loving His people and serving His world.

We hope that this website helps you get to know us. We invite you to learn more by visiting one of our services where you will be warmly welcomed.

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Elders:            

Dave and Andrea Johnson

Dave and Andrea Johnson

Dave Johnson

Dave and his wife Andrea have attended Maplelawn for sixteen years. Dave and Andrea have been married seventeen years and have two daughters. As an elder, Dave oversees and teaches Jr. High Youth ministry and heads up the missionary board.

A favorite passage of scripture of Dave’s is 2 Timothy  3:14-15 NKJV
“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned [them], and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

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Dale and his wife, Lissa.

Dale and his wife, Lissa.

Dale Ratcliffe

Dale and his wife, Lissa, have attended Maplelawn since 1994. They have been married 27 years! Dale and Lissa have four children. In addition to elder’s duties, Dale oversees Wednesday night ministry for 4th and 5th graders.

A favorite passage of Dale’s is 2 Tim. 1:12b

For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

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Mike Lee

Mike and his wife Elissa have attended Maplelawn for twenty years. Mike and Elissa have been married sixteen years and have two children. As an elder, Mike leads worship, teaches Sr. High and is the church treasurer.

A favorite passage of scripture of Mike’s is Jeremiah 29:11-13

 

Chris Hanna

Chris and his wife Nancy were married in 1995 and have attended Maplelawn Baptist Church since 2014. Chris is the Director of Development and Marketing for Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and is an Adjunct Professor in the Bible, Religion & Ministry department at Cornerstone University. As a non-vocational elder, Chris leads the church’s communications team and is an adult Sunday School instructor.

A favorite passage of scripture for Chris is 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NASB): “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

 

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Doctrinal Statement:

While affirming the supremacy of the Word of God, we acknowledge that historical creeds, confessions, and statements of faith have an important clarifying and unifying power in the life of the Church and in the lives of the individual Christians of which it is composed.  In this spirit, Maplelawn Baptist Church, does formally align itself with the New Hampshire Confession of 1833.

Covenant:

Having been led as we believe by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior; and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

We commit, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines, to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also commit to maintain family and personal devotions; to educate our children in the teachings and discipline of our Lord; to seek the salvation of our family and friends; to walk with wisdom in the world, to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and Christ-like in our conduct; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior, and to avoid all gossiping, back biting, drunkenness, and excessive anger. Furthermore, while we acknowledge our freedom in Christ, we also recognize that certain behaviors and practices, not specifically prohibited in Scripture, should still be avoided.

We further commit to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and to secure it without delay, being mindful of the rules of our Savior.

And we commit that when we leave from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

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