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About Center Point Church

Center Point Church exists to bring glory to God and to commune in fellowship with those seeking to make Jesus known. We are a Christ centered family of hope pointing others to Jesus Christ.


Mission Statement

Center Point Church, a Christ centered family of faith, glorifies God by inviting others to Jesus and learning together the hopeful life of following Him.


Vision Statement

Center Point Church, as a hopeful family, will engage our community through building relationships with Jesus, pursuing life as He taught, and accomplishing His good work.

Our Values


Worship

Responding to God with all that we are and have.


Prayer

Giving thanks and praise to God while crying for His help, recognizing our need, and His sufficiency.


Foundation

Building our lives on the Bible and living to glorify Him.


Engagement

Telling people who Jesus is and inviting them into a relationship with Him.


Community

Caring for and encouraging others in response to God's love.

Our Beliefs


The Scriptures

We believe in the Scriptures – both the Old and New Testaments – as being verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that the Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters of life and faith (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).


The Triune Godhead

We believe in one true God, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption. We believe that God is the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth and that in His glory He is worthy of all worship and honor (Gen. 1:1, Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Matt. 3:16,17; Matt. 28:19,20; 2 Cor. 13:14).


God the Son

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, God incarnate. We believe that He was miraculously begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary - true God and true man. We believe that He was, therefore, born without a sinful nature and perfectly obeyed the law of God in His life. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ vicariously died for our sins according to the scriptures and that the shedding of His blood was necessary for the redemption of man. We believe that His death paid the price for the sins of all men. We believe in His bodily and glorious resurrection from the grave and in His present ministry in heaven as our Advocate and Great High Priest (Isa. 7:14, 9:6,7; Matt. 1:23, 28:5-7; John 1:1,2; 1 Cor. 15:4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15, 9:14; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18; 1 John 2:1,2; Heb. 4:14).


God the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person equal with God the Father and God the Son. We believe that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; and that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, seals and sets apart the believer to a holy life. At the moment of regeneration He once and for all baptizes the believer into the body of Christ. We believe that the “sign gifts” or “miraculous gifts” (meaning the gifts of miracles, healing, tongues, and interpretation of tongues) were temporary because of their purpose and are not given by the Holy Spirit at this time (John 3:3-6; 14:17,16:8-11; Acts 5:3,4, 5:32; 2 Thess. 2:6,7; Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 6:19,20, 12:13).


Creation

We believe that God created all things visible and invisible according to the account in Genesis. We believe that none of the creation, including that of man, came about by any process of evolution but rather by the direct Word of God (Genesis 1,2; Ex. 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17, Heb. 1:2, 11:3).


Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God and in innocence. However, by his voluntary transgression of the law of God, man fell into sin and incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. All human beings are born with a sinful nature and are, therefore, under the just condemnation of God (Genesis 1:27; 3:1-6, Rom 1:18-25, 2:14-16, 5:12-19, Jer.17: 9).


Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan and that he is the originator of sin in the universe. We believe that he is the god of this age and the head of all the powers of darkness and sin. We further believe that his eternal destination is the eternal lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-15; Eph. 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10).


Salvation

We believe that whosoever by faith apart from works of any kind receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior is “born from above” and instantaneously becomes a child of God. We believe that faith in Christ is the only condition of salvation. We believe that good works and obedience to the Word of God will characterize one who is saved. We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening of the Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior (John 3:3-18, 6:47; Acts 16:30,31; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:4-8; 1 Peter 1:18-25; Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:27-38; Luke 18:13; Romans 10:13; Luke 12:8; Romans 9:11).


Eternal Security

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept eternally secure by the power of God through the sealing of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Christ (John 10:28,29; 2 Cor. 1:21,22; Eph. 1:13,14; Phil. 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:9-13).


The Church

We believe that all believers in this age comprise the church in its universal and invisible aspect and are a part of the Body and Bride of Christ. We further believe in the local aspect of the church, which is the center of God’s methods and plans for this age. The local church consists of a group of born again, baptized believers who have organized themselves according to the scripture for the purpose of edification, fellowship, observance of the ordinances, and evangelization of the world. We believe that the two offices of the local church are those of pastors and deacons (Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:41,42; 1 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 2:19-22; 5:23-32; Col. 1:18; Heb. 12:22,23).


Ordinances

We believe that there are two ordinances given to the local church by its head, Jesus Christ. The ordinances give witness to the death and resurrection of Christ and our identification with Him by faith. These are baptism (immersion of the believer in water) and the Lord’s supper (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41,42; 8:36-39; 1 Cor. 11:23-32).


Eternal Destiny

We believe that those who trust Jesus Christ as Savior are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ and will blessedly and eternally be with Christ. We further believe that all of the righteous will be raised from the dead to reign with Christ and share in His glory (John 14:1-3; 2 Cor. 5:1-8, Rom. 8:16-18; Phil. 1:23). We believe that the lost because of their wickedness and unbelief are under the just condemnation of God and will suffer everlasting, conscious punishment for sin. We further believe that all of the wicked will be raised from the dead to stand before the great white throne judgment of God to receive their final judgment (John 3:18; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).


Things to Come

We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture (catching away) of the Church. We believe in the personal and pre-millennial return of Christ to earth. We believe in the establishment of the Kingdom of the Millennium during which Christ will reign for one thousand years over the earth in fulfillment of the promises of God’s Old Testament covenant people, Israel (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; Phil. 3:20,21; Acts 1:9-11; Zech. 12:10; 14:4-9; Rev. 20:4-6; Isa. 9:6,7).


Sexual Immorality

We believe that the Bible specifically places man and woman in a biblical, God commanded relationship and that God instituted the marriage relationship between one man and one woman (Gen. 2:23, Eph. 5:22-23), thus, created a model for the biblical family. We further believe that it is God’s design for the sexual relationship to exist exclusively within the context of marriage. We, therefore, hold that it is totally against the command and teaching of the Word of God to change in any way or pervert this order. Thus, we conclude that homosexuality, lesbianism, premarital sexual relationships, adulterous relationships and all other relationships that are contrary to the Word of God are not acceptable as “alternate” lifestyles (Romans 1:18-32).


The Great Commission

We believe in obedience to Christ’s command to preach the gospel to the whole world. We believe that the great commission includes evangelization, Bible teaching, and the establishment of local churches (Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 20:17-27; Rom. 1:14-16; 10:13-15).


The Sanctity of Life

We believe that the Scriptures teach that all human life begins at conception (Jer. 1:5; Ps. 51:5; Luke 1:39-44) and that God is fashioning that life throughout the period of pregnancy (Psalm 139). The Bible places dignity upon the human life because man is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Therefore, we believe that any form of abortion and any form of euthanasia are violations of the sanctity of life and the standard of God and that all life is sacred from conception to death.

Our Staff


Eric Mounts

Senior Pastor

Eric Mounts was raised in Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Cedarville College in 1981 majoring in Business Administration. He was recognized as a third team NAIA All American basketball player in 1981 and holds several records at Cedarville. He graduated the third all time leading career collegiate scorer in Ohio college basketball. In 1982 he married his wife Andi (from suburban Detroit) whom he met at Cedarville. Andi taught physical education and coached for seven years until she had their first child. Eric also attended Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Theology degree (ThM) in 1985 and finished a Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois in 2003. He has served in pastoral ministry for the last thirty two years. He served the Southgate Baptist Church as an associate for four and a half years in the 80’s before serving as the pastor of the Grand Ledge Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan for six years. From 1995 until 2011 he served the Southgate Baptist Church in Springfield, Ohio as the Senior Pastor. He served as the senior pastor at Bible Center Church in Charleston, West Virginia from March 2011 until September of 2015. In March of 2017 he began his tenure as the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Covington, Kentucky.

Eric is the author of In His Chambers, 2017, a ninety one day devotional experience for lawyers. Two other books were published in the spring of 2017, Jack: the legacy of a great dad and his family and Tell Us The Big Story: a seven lesson group study of the Bible’s storyline. Jack is a biography of his father and Tell Us The Big Story is a leader’s guide to the study of the major story line of the Bible for those new to the Bible. Eric’s author website is available at www.ericmountsauthor.com.

Eric and Andi have three grown children. Caleb graduated from Cedarville in 2009 and married Cedarville grad and Southgate friend Emily Alexander in July of 2009. Caleb is director of IT at Ohio Valley Surgery Center in Springfield, Ohio. They are parents of one sweet granddaughter named Vivian Elizabeth who was born in 2016. Ben graduated from Cedarville in 2011 and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University in 2014. He married Lesley Wooten, a commercial loan officer for City Bank, in August of 2014. He serves as an employment lawyer with Littler Mendelson in Columbus, Ohio. Abbey graduated in 2013 from Cedarville with a Nursing degree and is serving children in nursing at Dayton Children’s Hospital. She married Dane Gordon, a director of marketing for R & L Trucking, in April of 2014.


Bill Sherrard

Executive Director

Bill is a native of Taylor Mill, KY and a graduate of Scott High School. He is also a graduate of Eastern KY University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He and his wife Teresa met at EKU where they were both active in ministry through Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as CRU). Bill and Teresa both enjoy the outdoors and exercise. Bill's other hobbies are hunting and farming. Bill and Teresa were married in December of 1985 and have remained actively serving God through the local church in several different ministries. Bill has served in ministry areas from Nursery, Sunday School teaching, Deacon ministry, and Youth Ministry for almost 30 years. He has also done supply preaching in several local churches. Bill and Teresa have raised 3 children. All 3 of their children graduated from Scott High School during which time it was their privilege to open their home to students for Bible study and Young Life meetings. Their three kids are Jackie, Michael, and Timmy. Jackie is a University of Louisville grad and a pediatric nurse in Louisville. Michael, and his wife Max, are Georgetown College graduates and are stationed in Pensacola where Max is a graduate assistant and working on her masters degree, and Michael is in flight school and a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corp. Timmy is a student at Eastern Kentucky University and studying video production. With all their children either gone or leaving their home, Bill and Teresa had been praying and searching for "what God has next" for them. Center Point Church is God's answer to that question!


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