Leadership & Doctrine

Elders:

Pastor Andrew Willis and his wife, Becki

Pastor Andrew and Becki  

Pastor Andrew Willis

Pastor Willis and Becki have been at Maplelawn since 2007. They have 8 children, and are enjoying their time with grandchildren. On Sundays, Pastor Willis preaches as well as teaches a Sunday School class.

            

Dave and Andrea Johnson

Dave and Andrea Johnson

Dave Johnson

Dave and his wife Andrea have attended Maplelawn for over 20 years and have two daughters. Dave leads the Wednesday evening Bible study and oversees discipleship and outreach.

A favorite passage of scripture of Dave’s is 2 Timothy 3:14-15-

“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. Dale and Lissa have four children.  Dale organizes the prayer team and assists in teaching.

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

“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 over twenty years and have two children. As an elder, Mike leads worship, teaches a Sunday School class, and works with the Sr. High.

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

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

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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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