Our Mission

We exist to be a tangible representation of the Kingdom of God in the Wood River Valley

Belong

We are a welcoming community of grace that seeks to build relationships of love, support, encouragement, and accountability.

Serve

We are committed to meaningful engagement in our community and world. We will meet real needs, empower others, and share Good News in word and deed.

Grow

We will engage our hearts, minds, & hands in the things that matter to God. We will not be religious consumers, but full participants in God's story.

Our Team

Sean and Hollyn Martin have been married since 1998, and they have three decades of ministry experience between them. They both have Masters Degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, and Sean is an ordained pastor. Sean and Hollyn have three awesome kids: Joey, Michael, and Annie. The Martins lived in the Wood River Valley from 2008-2013, and they are thrilled to be back in the place they all consider to be home. When they have free time, you might find the family hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, or snowshoeing!

Karis Kemp and her family have been full time Wood River Valley residents for 6 years. Prior to that she and her husband, Randy, spent time in both Denver, CO and Seattle, WA. She has served in a variety of church roles over the years, most recently working locally as a worship director while pursuing her studies at Fuller Seminary where she is nearly finished with her Master's in Theology. Currently she invests her time as a private music educator and children's librarian at The Community Library. She is passionate about engaging in our community, helping people learn to hear and follow God's voice, gathering with intention, making messes in kitchens, playing outside, and living into the messy journey of following Jesus in today's world. You can find her musings at www.livingliturgy.life.

Serving the Wood River Valley

Our Beliefs

We are a welcoming community that would rather unite around the major points of the Christian faith than divide over the finer points of doctrine. We value conversation and enjoy talking with people who have differing views. We do, however, understand the importance of thoughtful theology, and have taken great care in writing our core beliefs. Just click on the boxes below to learn more!
We believe in one, eternal, knowable, sovereign God. He knows all things, and providentially oversees all things. He is merciful and just, loving and holy, great in power, and good in purpose. His glory is our chief concern.
We believe that the one God eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is a holy mystery that cannot be fully grasped by human minds.
We believe in God the Son, who is one with the Father. Through the Son all things were created. At the time of God’s choosing, the Son became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ, and took on the nature of true humanity. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day, he rose from the dead. Then, he ascended into heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Father, and reigns as the Advocate and Mediator for God’s people.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who is one with the Father and the Son. The Spirit is present with God’s people, and dwells in them. The Spirit, our Counselor, sanctifies us and guides us into truth. The Spirit sends God’s people into mission, and empowers them for ministry and works of service.
Humans are created in the image of God, are designed for relationship with God, and are the objects of His redeeming love. All people have sinned. This results in guilt, death, and alienation from God as well as the defacing of every aspect of human nature. People are unable to save themselves from sin’s penalty and power. They are in need of God’s grace.

We believe that the Bible is the word of God, inspired by God, and written through human agency. It is the final authority on all matters of life and faith. Scripture is God’s self-revelation to humanity. Its authority comes from God alone. Scripture is formative for discipleship, and for corporate and individual worship.
We believe that salvation comes by grace, through faith. Jesus Christ died in our place to pay the penalty for our sins. All who believe in him are declared righteous on the basis of his sacrifice and apart from any human merit.
We believe in the church universal, composed of God’s people in all places and all times. The church is one body, under the headship of Christ. Though our roles in the body are diverse, we are united together in our worship of the Lord and in service to his kingdom.
The sacrament of Baptism is a sign of our inclusion in God’s covenant of grace, and a seal of our righteousness in Christ. The water of baptism signifies God’s cleansing of sin, and the individual’s death to sin and new life in Christ. We believe in one baptism for believers, and for the children of believing parents.

The sacrament of Communion is the sign and seal of our ongoing communion with the crucified and risen Christ. Through Communion, God’s people give thanks to the Triune God for his redeeming work, and remember Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and promise to return.

We believe that Christ will one day return to restore his creation, judge the living and the dead, and establish his kingdom in all of its fullness.

Our Denomination

Though we live in a post-denominational age, we still see value in being connected to a movement that is bigger than ourselves. We are a part of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians for the purposes of accountability, support, oversight, and shared mission. Learn more about ECO here: