We believe in one God who is infinite in power, wisdom and love. God is a spirit (John 4:24) and God is love. “If we love one another, God lives in us” (1 John 4:12). We trust in God as the creator, ruler and sustainer of all things.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Deliverer and Savior of the world. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born into humankind as a ransom sacrifice for our sins. He was fully human and fully divine. He was crucified, died and was buried. He rose from the dead and now lives with God the Father as our great intercessor. He will come again as our high ruling king and judge of all the earth.
We believe in the Holy Spirit as our comforter, guide and strength in life. His presence is evidenced in our lives as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness and temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit also helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26) and affirms the truth of Jesus Christ in our lives.
United Methodists share with other Christians the conviction that Scripture is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine. Through Scripture the living Christ meets us in the experience of redeeming grace. We are convinced that Jesus Christ is the living Word of God in our midst whom we trust in life and death. The biblical authors, illumined by the Holy Spirit, bear witness that in Christ the world is reconciled to God. The Bible bears authentic testimony to God’s self-disclosure in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as well as in God’s work of creation, in the pilgrimage of Israel, and in the Holy Spirit’s ongoing activity in human history.
As we open our minds and hearts to the Word of God through the words of human beings inspired by the Holy Spirit, faith is born and nourished, our understanding is deepened, and the possibilities for transforming the world become apparent to us.
Salvation is the first step in giving over the reins of our lives to the only one who knows the “way” – and this one is Jesus Christ. It all begins with Jesus Christ! If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,‘ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Each Sunday we extend the opportunity for anyone to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Receiving salvation does not require that we be perfect, else, none of us would be eligible. Through his death on the cross and defeating death by rising again, we are offered the opportunity for a resurrected life – no matter what we’ve done or have been through.
If you have already been baptized, your baptism is honored by us. If you have not been baptized and desire to do so, we offer (3) modes of baptism: Sprinkling, Pouring, and Immersion.
Theophilus J. Stanford was born in Dalton, Georgia to Rev. Andrew R. Stanford (deceased) and Ruth P. Stanford. He received his early education in Newnan, Georgia
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986. In 2001, he graduated with honors from Gammon Theological Seminary at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, earning a Master of Divinity in Old Testament Studies and Worship. He continued his studies at Columbia Seminary, where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Church and Ministry in May of 2011.
Dr. Stanford is currently in his 16th year of pastoring. From 1999-2002, he served as Associate Pastor of Worship and Music at Ousley UMC, Lithonia. From 2002-2005, he served as pastor of the Oak Hill Parish, Covington, Ga. From 2005 – 2015, he served as senior pastor at Glen Haven UMC, Decatur. Effective June 2016, he became pastor of the Allgood Road UMC, Stone Mountain. At the district level, he is currently serving on the Atlanta Decatur Oxford Nominations Committee.
In addition to pastoring, he is also an accomplished musician, singer and composer. On May 31, 2016 he was blessed to release his first CD project entitled, Not Your Battle, with Word of Life, a community choir of which he is founder and director.
Dr. Stanford is also employed with Delta Airlines in its Compliance Programs division. He is blessed to be able to lead numerous community outreach events at Delta, such as the annual worldwide coat drive and Breast Cancer Research drive.
Though being bi-vocational keeps him quite busy, his love for all people propels him to spread the word that God’s plans are to prosper us, not to harm us, and to give us hope and a future! Jeremiah 29:11