About Us

Our Staff

Pastor Timothy Smith


Pastor Tim is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (1975) and Nazarene Theological Seminar (1979). He served as a Nazarene Pastor in Downey, CA and Holt, MI before coming to Sparta in August of 1994.  He loves the Scriptures and enjoys loving and caring for people. He is blessed to have wonderful lay-leaders and pastoral staff over these many years. His wife is Nancy and they have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. He is a Chicago sports fan and loves to laugh.





Sherri Chapman- Worship Arts and Administrator


Sherri came to Sparta Naz in December of 2002.  She is passionate about creating a worship experience that will assist people in communing with God through music, drama, and other talents that He has given. Sherri also handles the administrative duties, working with various ministries of the church to fulfill their purposes.  Sherri and her late husband, Don, have two daughters and 5 grandchildren to spoil. 





"Miss Libby" Jensen- Children's Director


Miss Libby graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University (2016) with a degree in Children’s Ministry and Christian Education. She came to Sparta Naz in 2017 as our Children’s Director; she loves to work and build relationships the kids as well as oversee various children’s ministry events. Miss Libby loves to spend time with her friends, family, and their goldendoodle, Tucker! She has been happily married to her husband, Chad, for two years  and is excited to see what God has in store for their future. 


Our Values





                   Living out Faith

                       Edifying others




Our Beliefs

Agreed Statement of Belief

These are the beliefs Nazarene's hold to be true:


1. We believe in one God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

2. We believe in the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

3. We believe man is born with a sinful nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually. 

4. We believe that the finally, impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

5. We believe that the atonement of Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is Justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

6. We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

7. We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

8. We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgement will take place. 




Our Salvation

Preamble and Articles of Faith



In order that we may preserve our God-given heritage, the faith once delivered to the saints, especially the doctrine and experience of entire sanctification as a second work of grace, and also that we may cooperate effectually with other branches of the Church of Jesus Christ in advancing God’s kingdom, we, the ministers and lay members of the Church of the Nazarene, in accordance with the principles of constitutional legislation established among us, do hereby ordain, adopt, and set forth as the fundamental law or Constitution of the Church of the Nazarene the Articles of Faith, the General Rules, and the Articles of Organization and Government here following, to wit:




I. The Triune God

1. We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, Sovereign of the universe; that He only is God, creative and administrative, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose; that He, as God, is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1; Leviticus 19:2Deuteronomy 6:4-5Isaiah 5:166:1-740:18-31Matthew 3:16-1728:19-20John 14:6-271 Corinthians 8:62 Corinthians 13:14;Galatians 4:4-6Ephesians 2:13-18)1

1Scripture references are supportive of the Articles of Faith and were placed here by action of the 1976 General Assembly but are not to be considered as part of the Constitutional text.


II. Jesus Christ

2. We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead; that He was eternally one with the Father; that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say the Godhead and manhood, are thus united in one Person very God and very man, the God-man.

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that He truly arose from the dead and took again His body, together with all things appertaining to the perfection of man’s nature, wherewith He ascended into heaven and is there engaged in intercession for us.

(Matthew 1:20-2516:15-16Luke 1:26-35John 1:1-18Acts 2:22-36Romans 8:332-34Galatians 4:4-5Philippians 2:5-11Colossians 1:12-221 Timothy 6:14-16Hebrews 1:1-57:22-289:24-281 John 1:1-34:2-315)


III. The Holy Spirit

3. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Triune Godhead, that He is ever present and efficiently active in and with the Church of Christ, convincing the world of sin, regenerating those who repent and believe, sanctifying believers, and guiding into all truth as it is in Jesus.

(John 7:3914:15-182616:7-15Acts 2:3315:8-9Romans 8:1-27Galatians 3:1-144:6Ephesians 3:14-211 Thessalonians 4:7-82 Thessalonians 2:131 Peter 1:21 John 3:244:13)


IV. The Holy Scriptures

4. We believe in the plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, by which we understand the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, given by divine inspiration, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us in all things necessary to our salvation, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.

(Luke 24:44-47John 10:351 Corinthians 15:3-42 Timothy 3:15-171 Peter 1:10-122 Peter 1:20-21)


V. Sin, Original and Personal

5. We believe that sin came into the world through the disobedience of our first parents, and death by sin. We believe that sin is of two kinds: original sin or depravity, and actual or personal sin.

5.1. We believe that original sin, or depravity, is that corruption of the nature of all the offspring of Adam by reason of which everyone is very far gone from original righteousness or the pure state of our first parents at the time of their creation, is averse to God, is without spiritual life, and inclined to evil, and that continually. We further believe that original sin continues to exist with the new life of the regenerate, until the heart is fully cleansed by the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

5.2. We believe that original sin differs from actual sin in that it constitutes an inherited propensity to actual sin for which no one is accountable until its divinely provided remedy is neglected or rejected.

5.3. We believe that actual or personal sin is a voluntary violation of a known law of God by a morally responsible person. It is therefore not to be confused with involuntary and inescapable shortcomings, infirmities, faults, mistakes, failures, or other deviations from a standard of perfect conduct that are the residual effects of the Fall. However, such innocent effects do not include attitudes or responses contrary to the spirit of Christ, which may properly be called sins of the spirit. We believe that personal sin is primarily and essentially a violation of the law of love; and that in relation to Christ sin may be defined as unbelief.

(Original sin: Genesis 3; 6:5; Job 15:14Psalm 51:5Jeremiah 17:9-10Mark 7:21-23Romans 1:18-255:12-147:1-8:91 Corinthians 3:1-4Galatians 5:16-251 John 1:7-8)

(Personal sin: Matthew 22:36-40 {with 1 John 3:4}; John 8:34-3616:8-9Romans 3:236:15-238:18-2414:231 John 1:9-2:43:7-10)


VI. Atonement

6. We believe that Jesus Christ, by His sufferings, by the shedding of His own blood, and by His death on the Cross, made a full atonement for all human sin, and that this Atonement is the only ground of salvation, and that it is sufficient for every individual of Adam’s race. The Atonement is graciously efficacious for the salvation of the irresponsible and for the children in innocency but is efficacious for the salvation of those who reach the age of responsibility only when they repent and believe.

(Isaiah 53:5-611Mark 10:45Luke 24:46-48John 1:293:14-17Acts 4:10-12Romans 3:21-264:17-255:6-211 Corinthians 6:202 Corinthians 5:14-21;Galatians 1:3-43:13-14Colossians 1:19-231 Timothy 2:3-6Titus 2:11-14Hebrews 2:99:11-1413:121 Peter 1:18-212:19-251 John 2:1-2)


VII. Prevenient Grace

7. We believe that the human race’s creation in Godlikeness included ability to choose between right and wrong, and that thus human beings were made morally responsible; that through the fall of Adam they became depraved so that they cannot now turn and prepare themselves by their own natural strength and works to faith and calling upon God. But we also believe that the grace of God through Jesus Christ is freely bestowed upon all people, enabling all who will to turn from sin to righteousness, believe on Jesus Christ for pardon and cleansing from sin, and follow good works pleasing and acceptable in His sight.

We believe that all persons, though in the possession of the experience of regeneration and entire sanctification, may fall from grace and apostatize and, unless they repent of their sins, be hopelessly and eternally lost.

(Godlikeness and moral responsibility: Genesis 1:26-272:16-17Deuteronomy 28:1-230:19Joshua 24:15Psalm 8:3-5Isaiah 1:8-10Jeremiah 31:29-30;Ezekiel 18:1-4Micah 6:8Romans 1:19-202:1-1614:7-12Galatians 6:7-8

Natural inability: Job 14:415:14Psalms 14:1-451:5John 3:6aRomans 3:10-125:12-1420a7:14-25

Free grace and works of faith: Ezekiel 18:25-26John 1:12-133:6bActs 5:31Romans 5:6-8186:15-162310:6-811:221 Corinthians 2:9-1410:1-122 Corinthians 5:18-19Galatians 5:6Ephesians 2:8-10Philippians 2:12-13Colossians 1:21-232 Timothy 4:10aTitus 2:11-14Hebrews 2:1-33:12-156:4-6;10:26-31James 2:18-222 Peter 1:10-112:20-22)


VIII. Repentance

8. We believe that repentance, which is a sincere and thorough change of the mind in regard to sin, involving a sense of personal guilt and a voluntary turning away from sin, is demanded of all who have by act or purpose become sinners against God. The Spirit of God gives to all who will repent the gracious help of penitence of heart and hope of mercy, that they may believe unto pardon and spiritual life.

(2 Chronicles 7:14Psalms 32:5-651:1-17Isaiah 55:6-7Jeremiah 3:12-14Ezekiel 18:30-3233:14-16Mark 1:14-15Luke 3:1-1413:1-518:9-14Acts 2:38;3:195:3117:30-3126:16-18Romans 2:42 Corinthians 7:8-111 Thessalonians 1:92 Peter 3:9)


IX. Justification, Regeneration, and Adoption

9. We believe that justification is the gracious and judicial act of God by which He grants full pardon of all guilt and complete release from the penalty of sins committed, and acceptance as righteous, to all who believe on Jesus Christ and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

10. We believe that regeneration, or the new birth, is that gracious work of God whereby the moral nature of the repentant believer is spiritually quickened and given a distinctively spiritual life, capable of faith, love, and obedience.

11. We believe that adoption is that gracious act of God by which the justified and regenerated believer is constituted a son of God.

12. We believe that justification, regeneration, and adoption are simultaneous in the experience of seekers after God and are obtained upon the condition of faith, preceded by repentance; and that to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.

(Luke 18:14John 1:12-133:3-85:24Acts 13:39Romans 1:173:21-26284:5-917-255:116-196:47:68:115-171 Corinthians 1:306:112 Corinthians 5:17-21Galatians 2:16-213:1-14264:4-7Ephesians 1:6-72:14-5Philippians 3:3-9Colossians 2:13Titus 3:4-71 Peter 1:231 John 1:93:1-294:75:1,9-1318)


X. Entire Sanctification

13. We believe that entire sanctification is that act of God, subsequent to regeneration, by which believers are made free from original sin, or depravity, and brought into a state of entire devotement to God, and the holy obedience of love made perfect.

It is wrought by the baptism with the Holy Spirit, and comprehends in one experience the cleansing of the heart from sin and the abiding, indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, empowering the believer for life and service.

Entire sanctification is provided by the blood of Jesus, is wrought instantaneously by faith, preceded by entire consecration; and to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.

This experience is also known by various terms representing its different phases, such as "Christian perfection," "perfect love," "heart purity," "the baptism with the Holy Spirit," "the fullness of the blessing," and "Christian holiness."

14. We believe that there is a marked distinction between a pure heart and a mature character. The former is obtained in an instant, the result of entire sanctification; the latter is the result of growth in grace.

We believe that the grace of entire sanctification includes the impulse to grow in grace. However, this impulse must be consciously nurtured, and careful attention given to the requisites and processes of spiritual development and improvement in Christlikeness of character and personality. Without such purposeful endeavor one’s witness may be impaired and the grace itself frustrated and ultimately lost.

(Jeremiah 31:31-34Ezekiel 36:25-27Malachi 3:2-3Matthew 3:11-12Luke 3:16-17John 7:37-3914:15-2317:6-20Acts 1:52:1-415:8-9Romans 6:11-13,198:1-48-1412:1-22 Corinthians 6:14-7:1Galatians 2:205:16-25Ephesians 3:14-215:17-1825-27Philippians 3:10-15Colossians 3:1-171 Thessalonians 5:23-24Hebrews 4:9-1110:10-1712:1-213:121 John 1:79)

("Christian perfection," "perfect love": Deuteronomy 30:6Matthew 5:43-4822:37-40Romans 12:9-2113:8-10; 1 Corinthians 13; Philippians 3:10-15;Hebrews 6:11 John 4:17-18

"Heart purity": Matthew 5:8Acts 15:8-91 Peter 1:221 John 3:3

"Baptism with the Holy Spirit": Jeremiah 31:31-34Ezekiel 36:25-27Malachi 3:2-3Matthew 3:11-12Luke 3:16-17Acts 1:52:1-415:8-9

"Fullness of the blessing": Romans 15:29

"Christian holiness": Matthew 5:1-7:29John 15:1-11Romans 12:1-15:32 Corinthians 7:1Ephesians 4:17-5:20Philippians 1:9-113:12-15Colossians 2:20-3:171 Thessalonians 3:134:7-85:232 Timothy 2:19-22Hebrews 10:19-2512:1413:20-211 Peter 1:15-162 Peter 1:1-113:18Jude 20-21)


XI. The Church

15. We believe in the Church, the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, the covenant people of God made new in Christ, the Body of Christ called together by the Holy Spirit through the Word.

God calls the Church to express its life in the unity and fellowship of the Spirit; in worship through the preaching of the Word, observance of the sacraments, and ministry in His name; by obedience to Christ and mutual accountability.

The mission of the Church in the world is to continue the redemptive work of Christ in the power of the Spirit through holy living, evangelism, discipleship, and service.

The Church is a historical reality, which organizes itself in culturally conditioned forms; exists both as local congregations and as a universal body; sets apart persons called of God for specific ministries. God calls the Church to live under His rule in anticipation of the consummation at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Exodus 19:3Jeremiah 31:33Matthew 8:1110:716:13-192418:15-2028:19-20John 17:14-2620:21-23Acts 1:7-82:32-476:1-213:114:23Romans 2:28-294:1610:9-1511:13-3212:1-815:1-31 Corinthians 3:5-97:1711:117-3312:312-3114:26-402 Corinthians 5:11-6:1Galatians 5:613-146:1-515;Ephesians 4:1-175:25-27Philippians 2:1-161 Thessalonians 4:1-121 Timothy 4:13Hebrews 10:19-251 Peter 1:1-2132:4-12214:1-210-111 John 4:17;Jude 24Revelation 5:9-10)


XII. Baptism

16. We believe that Christian baptism, commanded by our Lord, is a sacrament signifying acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ, to be administered to believers and declarative of their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and full purpose of obedience in holiness and righteousness.

Baptism being a symbol of the new covenant, young children may be baptized, upon request of parents or guardians who shall give assurance for them of necessary Christian training.

Baptism may be administered by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion, according to the choice of the applicant.

(Matthew 3:1-728:16-20Acts 2:37-418:35-3910:44-4816:29-3419:1-6Romans 6:3-4Galatians 3:26-28Colossians 2:121 Peter 3:18-22)


XIII. The Lord’s Supper

17. We believe that the Memorial and Communion Supper instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is essentially a New Testament sacrament, declarative of His sacrificial death, through the merits of which believers have life and salvation and promise of all spiritual blessings in Christ. It is distinctively for those who are prepared for reverent appreciation of its significance, and by it they show forth the Lord’s death till He come again. It being the Communion feast, only those who have faith in Christ and love for the saints should be called to participate therein.

(Exodus 12:1-14Matthew 26:26-29Mark 14:22-25Luke 22:17-20John 6:28-581 Corinthians 10:14-2111:23-32)


XIV. Divine Healing

18. We believe in the Bible doctrine of divine healing and urge our people to seek to offer the prayer of faith for the healing of the sick. We also believe God heals through the means of medical science.

(2 Kings 5:1-19Psalm 103:1-5Matthew 4:23-249:18-35John 4:46-54Acts 5:12-169:32-4214:8-151 Corinthians 12:4-112 Corinthians 12:7-10James 5:13-16)


XV. Second Coming of Christ

19. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will come again; that we who are alive at His coming shall not precede them that are asleep in Christ Jesus; but that, if we are abiding in Him, we shall be caught up with the risen saints to meet the Lord in the air, so that we shall ever be with the Lord.

(Matthew 25:31-46John 14:1-3Acts 1:9-11Philippians 3:20-211 Thessalonians 4:13-18Titus 2:11-14Hebrews 9:26-282 Peter 3:3-15Revelation 1:7-8;22:7-20)


XVI. Resurrection, Judgment, and Destiny

20. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, that the bodies both of the just and of the unjust shall be raised to life and united with their spirits-"they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."

21. We believe in future judgment in which every person shall appear before God to be judged according to his or her deeds in this life.

22. We believe that glorious and everlasting life is assured to all who savingly believe in, and obediently follow, Jesus Christ our Lord; and that the finally impenitent shall suffer eternally in hell.

(Genesis 18:251 Samuel 2:10Psalm 50:6Isaiah 26:19Daniel 12:2-3Matthew 25:31-46Mark 9:43-48Luke 16:19-3120:27-38John 3:16-185:25-29;11:21-27Acts 17:30-31Romans 2:1-1614:7-121 Corinthians 15:12-582 Corinthians 5:102 Thessalonians 1:5-10Revelation 20:11-1522:1-15)

About Baptism



Christian baptism is an outward sign of what God has done in our hearts through salvation. It means that we accept the benefits of the "atonement" of Jesus Christ. This word "atonement" means that Jesus Christ paid our 'wages' for our sins which is death. Jesus did this by dying on the cross and was seperated from God.  ( Matthew 27:30-49). 

Baptism is done so that the believer may testify or tell others that Jesus has come into their life and that they are now going to follow Jesus and do what Jesus wants them to do. 


What is Baptism?? (Billy Graham) 

  • Baptism will remind you the JESUS CHRIST has washed all your sins away. 
  • You are now part of Christ's people, the church...and Christ loved the church. 
  • Baptism will remind you that Christ has not only taken away your sins, but has renewedor regenerated you, giving you the Holy Spirit to dwell within you. 
  • Baptism is a public indication of your commitment to Jesus Christ. 



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