What we’re all about
We are a non-denominational church where all people, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey, are welcome to learn about God and how to have a relationship with him. As a Christ-centered, Bible-believing church, we exist to help people reach their full redemptive potential in Christ.
We believe that church ought to be the most exciting and meaningful experience of a person’s week. That’s why we use theatrical lighting, sound, and video. That’s why we have cutting-edge music along with creative and relevant messages that speak to real-life challenges. That’s why we designed and built a kid’s village, theater, and so much more!
We also believe that people need a grace-filled environment where they can meet Jesus and continue on their spiritual journey feeling safe, respected, accepted, and understood. That’s why we are forever committed to offering a place of healing for hurting people, as well as a place of encouragement and acceptance for anyone on a spiritual journey.
Since becoming a follower of Jesus at 23, Randy has had one single passion – to serve Christ and help as many people as possible come to know and follow Him. Randy started out doing construction while pastoring a small church in Middletown. In 1991, he launched FCF with a small handful of Christ followers who shared his belief that Sunday mornings should be the most exciting and meaningful experience of a person’s week and that it’s the job of every church to make it so. Randy grew up in southeast Washington D.C., but now he and his wife Janet enjoy rural life in Emmitsburg with Shilo, their long-haired German Shepherd, as well as a bunch of chickens and a handful of guineas.
Spiritual Formation Pastor
Originally from West Virginia (… mountain mama), Kim has called Frederick home since 1989. After 6 years of teaching special education in Frederick County, she began working for the church and helped launch FCF. After having served in just about every capacity, in 2002 Kim was ordained as the spiritual formation pastor where she gets to pursue her passion for helping people get rooted and grow in their faith. Kim’s other passion: rescuing old dogs☺.
Janet grew up in western Maryland and helped launch FCF in 1991. Janet and her husband Evan raised four boys, Curtis, Grant, Jeff, and Adam, kept ‘em all alive, and now enjoy watching them serve and lead in the church. She is passionate about helping people walk with Christ through some of the most difficult seasons of life. Janet also loves mischief and might steal that cookie off your plate if you’re not looking.
After serving for five years in the SEAL Teams, Thomas moved to Frederick, married Monica, started attending FCF, became a follower of Jesus, had four kids, and is living happily ever after. He is passionate about the local church and seeing people enter into and grow in their relationship with Jesus. He enjoys experiencing life with his family, splitting wood, sitting on his porch swing, and bacon.
Marriage & Family Pastor
Bill and his wife, Amy, have been leading the Marriage & Family Ministry at FCF since 2008. He has four children, one at Ohio State and three still at their home in southern Pennsylvania. Outside of ministry, Bill and his family share two passions: baseball and the outdoors. At any given time, you are likely to find them playing or working around their farmette, on the ball field, or cycling the countryside.
With God’s direction, grace, and help, FCF has grown from an average attendance of about 60 people in 1992 to nearly 1,800 in 2018.
In July of 1991, under the leadership of pastor Randy Goldenberg, a small handful of people embarked on a telephone campaign. They made 22,000 phone calls to Frederick County residents asking if they were interested in a new church forming in Frederick. Over 2,000 people said yes and received several mailings with descriptions of the newly-forming church community.
On October 27, 1991, the first official service of the new Frederick Christian Fellowship Church was held at South Frederick Elementary School. Everyone was so excited that no one took an official count of how many people actually attended the first service!
A year later, we began holding services at Ballenger Creek Elementary School. We continued in ministry there for almost 14 years, until June of 2005, when we moved into our newly-leased facility at the Lynfield Event Complex. With God’s miraculous intervention, we were able to purchase the complex in 2009 and put down roots in God’s more permanent home for us.
With a home base for ministry and campus to grow, FCF Church is excited about reaching more people than ever before!
We exist to help people reach their full redemptive potential in Christ.
To become a biblically functioning community that expresses the heart of God to the people of Frederick.
We believe that Spirit-empowered teaching is the catalyst for transformation in individuals’ lives and in the church.
We believe lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church.
We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure.
We believe the church should operate as a unified community of Spirit-gifted servants led by men and women with leadership gifts.
We believe every aspect of church life should be permeated by love and governed by the balance of grace and truth.
We believe accomplishing God’s purposes calls for Scripture-based risk-taking, flexibility, and perseverance.
We believe that enthusiasm and excellence honor God and inspire people
We believe that the pursuit of full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every Christ follower and will produce generous giving of one’s time, abilities, and money
We believe that life-change happens best in small groups.
What we believe about
God is the Creator and Ruler of the Universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless, human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are supreme objects of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one places faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.