So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22
The Triune God
We believe that there is One True and Living God. He is holy, all-glorious, unchangeable, sovereign, eternal, immortal, invisible, and He is worthy of all worship. God is transcendent yet imminent, needing nothing outside of Himself yet delighting to reveal Himself and relate to His creation. We believe that God eternally exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. These three are of one essence, yet each executes distinct offices as persons. All three Persons are equal in every divine perfection, and are all equally worthy of glory, majesty, and honor (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Mark 12:29; John 1:1, 1:18, 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14, Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 1:17).
God the Father
We believe that God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all creation. He exercises sovereign headship over all creation, providence, and redemption. By His mercy and grace, He decrees and sends forth the Son and the Spirit. He also hears and answers prayer, and has planned to save from eternal death all those who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ, His Son. (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14-15; Psalm 110:1; John 14:26; John 14:31; Psalm 145:8-9; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 8:6, 15:24, 15:28; Hebrews 10:7).
God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is divine; the eternal Son of God. He is the Creator who also sustains creation by the word of His power. He is the Messiah foretold by the prophets, who brings God’s Kingdom and reconciles sinners to God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life. He took upon Himself full human nature, uniting divine and human natures in one Person, both natures being whole, perfect, and distinct. In the gospel message, we learn that He voluntarily suffered and died on the cross as a substitutionary, wrath-appeasing, atoning sacrifice for sin according to the will of the Father. We believe in His bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven; where He is now our interceding High Priest, Mediator, Shepherd, and King. We believe in the personal, visible return of Jesus (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18-25, 3:2; Luke 24:25-27; John 1:14, 12:15; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:9-11; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 1:1-4, 4:14-15, 7:26-27; 1 Peter 2:24-25, 3:18; Revelation 19:16).
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is divine. He is the Lord and Creator who was promised by Jesus to also be the Counselor and Comforter to all who follow Christ. We believe that without the Holy Spirit people would not be able to glorify God. With the Spirit, we have immense power to obey and honor the Lord. He ministers to every believer by regenerating, indwelling, baptizing, sealing, convicting, sanctifying, and empowering for life and godliness. He gives spiritual gifts to believers to glorify God and edify both the universal and local church (John 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:7-14; Acts 1:8, 5:3-4; Romans 12:3-13; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:22, 4:11-12; Titus 3:5).
We believe that the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God. The original manuscripts were verbally inspired by God, as holy men were moved by the Spirit to record God’s special revelation to man. Divine inspiration extended equally and fully to all parts of Scripture. We also believe that the original manuscripts were free from error. We believe that the Bible is the supreme, authoritative, and infallible rule of faith and conduct. The Bible is the written Word testifying to the Living Word, Jesus Christ. The Bible can be properly understood through careful study under the illumination of the Holy Spirit (Mark 13:31; John 5:39, 16:12-15, 20:31; Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 2:10-12; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Mankind: Creation & Fall
We believe that a historical Adam and Eve were created good and originally lived in perfect communion with God. However, Adam and Eve, by voluntary transgression, sinned. Because of Adam’s disobedience the entire race was alienated from God and all creation suffers from its effects. This results in not only physical, but spiritual death which is separation from God. All human beings, by physical birth, possess a sin nature and are therefore actual sinners in thought, word, and deed; and man, as such, is condemned to Hell and utterly unable to remedy his lost condition by himself. Man’s only hope of redemption is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ alone (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-8; Romans 3:23, 5:12-21, 6:23, 8:18-23).
Mankind: Male & Female
Both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, equal before God in their persons and distinct in their genders. Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order, and resonate in every human heart throughout all time. Ultimately, distinctions in gender display the glory of God; and in marriage, the uniting of a man and woman reveals both the mystery of the relationship between Christ and the Church and also the glorious relationship of leadership, submission, and mutual love within the Godhead.
We believe sexual relationships are to be confined and celebrated solely within the marriage covenant between one man and one woman. The principle of a male headship, which includes a unique, sacrificial and loving leadership, exhibits the character of Jesus. The principle of female submission, which comes from a desire to sacrificially love, exemplifies the church’s relationship to Christ. These distinctions are intended to be applied in the family and in the church – revealing what is good, beautiful, and best for individuals and society at large (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18, 21-24; 1 Corinthians 11:2-12; Galatians. 3:28; Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 2:11-15).
Salvation: The Plan of God
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation. We believe that God rescues those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that He will one day glorify them. In love, God now commands and implores all people to repent and believe on Jesus (John 3:16, 6:35-40; Romans 8:29-30; Ephesians 1:5, 1:11, 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Revelation 5:9).
Salvation: The Gospel
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus and it is the power of God that leads people to salvation. We believe the gospel is not proclaimed if Jesus is not proclaimed, and we believe that the authentic Jesus has not been proclaimed if His substitutionary death and resurrection are not central to the message. For the gospel to be accurate, it must be in accordance with the Scriptures, pointing people to the historical and eternal Jesus Christ who is also the Lord who reconciles sinners to God (Deuteronomy 21:23; John 20:30-31; Acts 5:30, 10:39, 13:29; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Galatians 3:13).
Salvation: Redemption in Jesus
Jesus perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, and performed miraculous signs. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciles to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death, defeated Satan, and brings everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 27:2; John 14:2-3; Acts 1:11, 4:12; Romans 3:21-22, 5:17; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 1 Corinthians 15:55-57; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 2:1, 3:8).
Salvation: Its Conditions
We believe that salvation is found in no one else and nothing other than Jesus Christ. By the sovereign grace and mercy of God, Christ purchased people on the cross. When a person comes to repentant faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, apart from any work or merit, he or she receives all the promised saving benefits of God, including forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We therefore affirm that believers cannot boast in their salvation, but instead boast in Jesus Christ who has become their wisdom, righteousness, holiness, and redemption (John 1:12; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Timothy 3:15; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
When someone trusts Jesus for salvation, that person is pardoned of all their sins and declared righteous in God’s sight forever. This forgiveness and righteousness comes to us not on the basis of our righteous works, because we had none. Instead, this pardon and righteousness comes because Jesus, at the cross, took the wrath of God in the place of sinners and imputed to the believer His own righteousness. Therefore, a believer is “in Christ” instead of “in Adam,” being a part of a new and redeemed race (Romans 3:21-26, 4:5-8, 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
We believe that anyone who is justified is also adopted into God’s family and now possesses the rights and privileges of a child of God. Being a part of God’s family ensures that a believer is included in God’s kingdom, causing us to eagerly await the finalization of our adoption. We believe the doctrine of adoption reminds us that those in God’s family are loved, cherished, and delighted in by God Himself (Ephesians 4:1-5; Galatians 4:4-5; Romans 8:23).
We believe that God’s salvation sets a believer free to worship God in every aspect of their lives. We also believe that God promises to cause a believer to persevere in their pursuit of God’s glory in their daily life. The doctrine of sanctification teaches us that the believer is completely sanctified in this life in that he is positionally set apart unto God as a “slave of righteousness” instead of as a “slave to sin.” This doctrine also teaches us that the believer will be progressively sanctified in this life as he grows in grace and is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 17:17; Romans 6:20-23, 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:24; Philippians 1:6, 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:14; 2 Peter 3:18).
We believe that the Bible guarantees a day when all who believe will behold the glory of the Lord and then experience the redemption of their bodies. The presence of sin will be eradicated at the future glorification when we behold His glory. In that day when Jesus returns, those people whom Jesus has saved will finally be completely free from all of sin’s destructive effects (Romans 8:17, 23-30; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 2 Thessalonians 1:12; 1 John 3:1-3).
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, of which He is the head. Every believer is born again and baptized by the Holy Spirit into this body; thus being children of God, citizens of God’s Kingdom, and members of God’s universal church. The universal body of Christ is organized into local assemblies composed of professing believers in Jesus Christ who seek to pursue Jesus together as disciple-making disciples. Since Jesus is the Lord and Savior of His church, we believe that a truly Christian church centers its pursuit of life and godliness on Jesus Himself. This committed assembly associates together in order to exalt God, edify His church, and evangelize the world. Members of a local church are called to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and to love one another sacrificially and fervently (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-22, 4:2-3; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 10:23-25).
We believe that the ordinance of water baptism is an act of obedience instituted by Jesus Christ. Baptism should be observed solely by all who are true believers in Christ. As a church family, our common practice is baptism by immersion. Baptism testifies to our union with Jesus and to our reconciled relationship with our Triune God. Baptism speaks to one’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and confesses one’s death to sin and newness of life. We also believe that baptism confesses one’s spiritual entrance and union with the universal church, which is also referred to as Christ’s body (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 1 Peter 3:21).
The Lord's Supper
We believe that the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper consists of the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine. The physical elements of food remind us that Jesus is our eternal sustenance and hope. The Lord’s Supper is (1) a continuing rehearsal of being a part of God’s new covenant on the basis of Jesus and not ourselves, (2) a memorial of his suffering and death, and (3) an anticipation of Jesus and His Kingdom to come. It is to be enjoyed by all repenting believers until Jesus comes (Luke 22:19-20; John 6:48-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
The End Times
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return, appearing in the sky and bringing final retribution. The dead in Christ will rise first, and the remaining believers will be caught up together with them to meet Him in the air. When Jesus returns, he will gather together his one bride, the Church, consisting of Jews and Gentiles alike. We affirm that there will be a judgment day when the Lord justly judges every human being who ever lived. The wicked will be condemned to eternal, conscious punishment and death in the Lake of Fire; and the righteous will live forever with God in the New Heaven and the New Earth. Married to Christ as his Bride, the Church will be in the presence of God forever, serving him and giving him unending praise and glory. Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled, and the whole earth shall proclaim the glory of God who makes all things new (Romans 8:23, 11:1-32; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; I John 3:2; Revelation 19, 20, 21).
Preaching & Vision
Timothy Durey has been serving as the pastor at Ventura Baptist Church for 5 years. As an elder, Timothy is the main preaching pastor. He is also involved in training, counseling and casting vision.
Facility & Maintenance
Ben Jacques became an elder of Ventura in the summer of 2016. While he teaches and disciples other individuals in various contexts, he also is responsible for the oversight of the care to our church facility and grounds.
Jim Hemmes has been an elder at Ventura Baptist Church for a number of years. As an elder, Jim’s specific responsibility involves oversight of the church’s finances. He is also actively involved in teaching and men’s discipleship.
Discipleship & Communications
David Pollard became an elder of Ventura in 2016. David oversees various discipleship ministries within the church family, and he also oversees the communication of the church.
Timothy became the pastor of Ventura Baptist Church in 2011. Timothy is particularly passionate about being Jesus-centered and gospel-focused in his preaching. He believes that preaching “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” will result in believers being nourished in the Word, motivated by grace, unified as a body, and filled with sacrificial love toward one another. Prayerfully, through Jesus-centered preaching, people will also see the supreme value of God and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and an all-satisfying relationship with the Lord.
Timothy turned to Jesus at a young age, and he has had a desire to preach God’s truth since he was a child. He went to college immediately following high school to learn more about the Bible, and while in college, he married his high school sweetheart, Tracy, in 2001. God has since blessed them with five exuberant children! Timothy’s hobbies include reading, playing with his children, going on dates with his wife, laughing, and enjoying the company of family and friends. Some ministries that have especially encouraged Pastor Timothy are the following: The Gospel Coalition, Together for the Gospel, and 9 Marks.
Pastor of Discipleship and Communications
David and his wife, Jamie, came to Ventura in the late summer of 2012. Growing up in a Christian home, he never really saw himself getting involved with church ministry, but by God’s grace the Lord radically opened his eyes to see the necessity of spreading the gospel and discipling others. In March of 2014, David accepted Ventura’s offer for him to be the Discipleship and Communications Director. David’s role involves strategizing on how Ventura can be more effective in its discipleship, and he also is involved in overseeing the communications of the church.
David grew up on the mission field of Brazil. At age 6 he made a profession of faith kneeling with his father on the bedroom floor. Although he attended church regularly and was influenced by the Gospel all of his life, David truly felt the Lord’s grip in the final years of college. He graduated from Grace College in Warsaw, IN in 2011 with a business degree and moved to Holland, MI. He and his wife Jamie married in June of 2012 and have been overwhelmed by God’s kindness in plugging them into such a wonderful church family. During that time, David deeply desired to study and understand the Scripture in order to invest in the lives of people around him. He began seminary through online correspondence and is currently studying for his degree. In December of 2015, God blessed David and Jamie with a little baby boy, Brady Phillip Pollard.
Carole has been a part of Ventura for many years. She and her husband, Bob, joined the church shortly after their son-in-law became it’s pastor in 2004. Not long into their time at Ventura, Carole utilized her training with numbers and secretarial skills and became the church’s financial secretary. While she works with numbers, she also is involved in various other office-tasks throughout the week.
Tracy Durey came on the staff at Ventura in the fall of 2015. As the office administrator, she provides organization to various facets of church life and ministry.