Love God, Love Others, Serve the World

Our Church

Welcome to Owosso First Church of the Nazarene!
We would love to have you join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 9 or 11 am. If you need help finding us, check out our locationWe also encourage you to preview one of our messages before you come. You can also get to know a little more about our staff.

If you are interested in who we are as a church, you can find information about our Mission, Values, Beliefs, and History below.

Mission

Owosso First Church of the Nazarene was founded in order to:

  • Reach those who are not yet in the family of God
  • Help those who are in the family of God to become reproducing Christians.

We believe our mission as a church is to “go and make devoted followers of Jesus

Values

Seven core values bring clarity to that which matters most at Owosso First Church of the Nazarene.

  1. Worship
  2. Biblical Community
  3. Service
  4. Generosity
  5. Prayer
  6. Holiness
  7. Excellence

These values guide how we fulfill our mission, influencing major leadership decisions as well as everyday ministry plans. They keep us on the path that leads to the fulfillment of our mission.

Beliefs

The Church of the Nazarene has 16 articles of Faith which can be found by visiting our denominational website: Articles of Faith

These articles of faith represent our core beliefs and describe our theological positions on key aspects of faith.

John Wesley, a spiritual father for our denomination, taught:

In essentials…unity
In non-essentials…liberty
In all things…charity

History

The work of the Church of the Nazarene in Owosso began at the District Assembly of 1932. General Superintendent J. W. Goodwin urged each church to organize another church. Rev. A.W. Eastman, pastoring in Durand at the time, urged some of his families residing in the Owosso area to begin prayer meetings in their homes.

From those prayer meetings came the First Church of the Nazarene in Owosso. The church was literally born in prayer. Their first meeting place was in a store building on Main Street.
On March 13, 1933, District Superintendent, Rev. R.V. Starr organized the church. Rev. Clyde Flewelling became the first pastor.

Many exciting things have happened throughout the years, most recently with the arrival of Pastor Brad and Bethany Stockton following the retirement of Pastor Roger DeVore in March of 2013. Pastor Brad was tasked with building a new pastoral ministry team and God in His sovereignty, in response to our praying and due diligence, has given us a great gift in the team that now serves our church and community.

As we move into the future we do so with great optimism and expectation of God’s rich blessing of increase.

As great as our heritage is, our hope is even more exciting. Our job is not yet complete. God still calls us and leads us to reach a desperate and needy world for Him. Again, the writer of Hebrew sets the pace for our congregation. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders…and let.us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrew 12:1-2a)  It has been said that the best predictor of the future is the past.  If that statement is true as it applies to our church, great days are ahead!