1. We believe that God created all things.
2. We believe Jesus Christ is the son of the living God.
3. We accept Scripture as God’s Word.
4. We celebrate the Eucharist weekly
5. We practice baptism by immersion also by affusion (pouring) and aspersion (sprinkling). We have a baptismal in the church near the altar but go to the lake to immerse.
6. We recognize and celebrate diversity among all people and within Christ’s Church.
FATHER, MIKE MAXWELL
Father Mike Maxwell was a successful businessman who answered a personal call to ministry. He is a graduate of Texas Christian University and was active in youth leadership for many years.
He is an ordained Anglican priest and founding minister of The Church at Lake Cherokee. Mike is married to Lynda; and they are the proud parents of three children, Brandon, Kady and Dylan and one grandson, Mason.
PASTOR, BILL BLANKS
Bill Blanks joined the church “ministry team” in fall, 2016 coming from First Christian Church, Kilgore having served the congregation for fifteen years. Prior to his ministry in Kilgore, Bill was associate minister at First Christian Church, Tyler and Kings Highway Christian Church, Shreveport, LA.
As pastor in Kilgore – the youngest minister ever to serve that congregation – he’s identified as “… a dynamic preacher, teacher, and visionary leader.” A native of Macon, Georgia and graduate of Barton College, Bill is married to Laura Lea who is director of Crisman School, Longview. They have two children, Noah and Jordan. He’s an avid golfer who also enjoys riding all terrain vehicles and camping with his family.
At The Church at Lake Cherokee Bill has shared responsibilities for preaching, pastoral care, teaching, youth and children’s ministry, education, and small group ministry.
MINISTER, DR. BILL SMYTHE
Bill Smythe is a graduate of Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas and holds masters and doctorate degrees from Brite Divinity School, TCU. As an ordained Disciples of Christ and Anglican minister, he has served churches in Longview, Big Spring, San Antonio, San Angelo and Arlington, Texas.
He has been a minister at The Church at Lake Cherokee since 2008. Bill has three adult children, Jabin, Jussin and Janay, and is the proud grandparent of Brandyce, Jordan and Daley.