ABOUT

OUR MISSION

Helping people find NEW LIFE IN JESUS.

 

Our mission at Ashburn is to help people find NEW LIFE in Jesus.

What does it mean to find new life in Jesus? It means that God loves you right where you are, but He loves you too much to leave you where you are. Following Jesus means embracing a life of surrender to Him.  It means that there’s always a NEXT STEP in your journey of faith.  At Ashburn, we are dedicated to help you identify and take your next step in the safety and freedom of community.

 

KNOW GOD

You were created to know God relationally. This is more than head knowledge. The cross show us the infinite lengths God is willing to go to have a close, intimate relationship with us.  Following Jesus means knowing and being known by a God who made us and loves us.

 

GROW IN FAITH

To follow Jesus means becoming more like Him. Your salvation is secure the moment you accept Jesus as your savior, but spiritual maturity is a journey that doesn’t happen alone. Becoming more like Jesus means letting go of your past and growing in faith surrounded by a loving community.  Our Growth Tracks are designed to help you become rooted and grounded in your faith.  Small Groups are the ideal place to develop meaningful relationships and help you apply the Bible to your life through fellowship, study, prayer and discussion of God’s Word. We have four quarter throughout each year to give easy on-ramps for you to connect to community. Our kids’ and students also have small groups that are grade and gender specific.

 

GO & MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Finally, following Jesus means going out into our world, loving our neighbor, and making a difference. We find great joy in giving generously, praying boldly, serving consistently and helping other people start their journey of faith also.

At Ashburn, we are all on this journey of faith together.  We are a living community of faith. Not a building. Not a weekly meeting. A community. We invite you to come be a part.

OUR VALUES

Jesus is our message.  

New life can only be found in Jesus Christ, therefore Jesus is our message.  We are Jesus people, not religious people. Methods come and go, but our message, the Gospel, remains the same.

 

People are our heart.

God loves all people unconditionally. Jesus was willing to reach the broken and bring them home at all costs. Our mission is a reflection of the heart of God.

 

Becoming like Jesus is our aim.  

Jesus’ desire is for every person to be transformed into His likeness.  Intentional discipleship is our process to move the believer toward spiritual maturity and equip them to engage in our Gospel mission.

 

Servant leadership is our identity.  

Jesus taught us to serve.  Every leader is a servant first.  From the parking lot to the pulpit, everyone serves with equal value to our Gospel mission. If you’re too big to serve, you’re too small to lead.

 

Authenticity is our desire.

We are all sinners saved by the grace of God, therefore we make no pretense.  We all need Jesus and are on this journey together.  We pray together. We cry together. We laugh together. We celebrate together.

 

Generosity is our privilege.

Generosity is about giving more than what is required. We see generosity as a privilege. We’re generous with our time, talents and treasure. We go first in our giving. God has given richly towards us. It’s our honor to give back to Him.

 

Excellence is our spirit.  

We are going to always do the best with what we have. We’re on time, engaged and prepared. We don’t do things half way. If we’re going to do it, it’s to the best of our ability.

 

Honor is our calling.

We honor one another. We choose joyfully to submit to the leadership of those God has placed over us, and we honor and care for those God has placed under us.

 

Passion is our pursuit.

Everything we do, we do with passion. From our worship to our service, we do it with Holy Spirit energy. Passion drives us. Passion for Jesus. Passion for people. Passion for His Church.

 

Simplicity is our model.

Busier is not better. Programs and busyness are not the goal; spiritual transformation is. That’s why every program reflects the mission of our church.

 

LEAD PASTOR // TOMMY THOMPSON

Tommy is a native of Tampa, Florida with a passion for evangelism, discipleship, and expository preaching.  Tommy earned a Bachelor of Biblical Studies (BBS) and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Piedmont International University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry (DMin). Tommy has been married to his wife Vicki for over 26 years, and has two daughters, Alexis and Hannah.  Tommy loves coffee and running marathons.

Email: tommy.thompson@ashburnbaptist.com

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ORLAND PARK CAMPUS

ASSOCIATE PASTOR // VERNON C. LYONS

Pastoral Care

Vernon Lyons founded and pastored the Ashburn Baptist Church for 68 years before his recent transition to Associate Pastor.  Pastor Lyons also founded the Ashburn Baptist Bible Institute which continues to this day.

Email: vernon.lyons@ashburnbaptist.com

STUDENT PASTOR // JOSHUA BURKS

Josh K. Burks joined the ministry staff in 2016. He serves as the Student Pastor of Elevates Student Ministries, social media director, and event coordinator at Ashburn Baptist Church. Josh studied at West Coast Baptist College and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Pastoral Theology. He is married to Cara, his high school sweetheart, and they have a dog named Bro.

Email: joshua.burks@ashburnbaptist.com

CHICAGO CAMPUS

CAMPUS PASTOR // JACK STRICKLAND

Jack has been leading the Chicago campus of the Ashburn since January 1999. A real people-person, he has been preaching, teaching, counseling and shepherding the Chicago campus for the last 20 years. His philosophy of ministry is “about people and not about projects”.

Email: jack.strickland@ashburnbaptist.com

SPANISH PASTOR // MILTON ALCENDRA

Milton arrived with his family to the Ashburn Baptist Church in June 2018 to lead the Hispanic ministry at our Chicago campus.

Email: milton.alcendra@ashburnbaptist.com

THE BIBLE

We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures in the original autographs and that these writings being inerrant are supreme and final in all matters of doctrine and life.

GOD

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in Jesus Christ’s deity and humanity, His conception by the Holy Spirit. His virgin birth. His bodily resurrection and His personal, visible return with power and great glory.

MANKIND

We believe that man being created by a direct act of God was a righteous, free, moral being; that he sinned and thereby incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death not only for himself, but also for the entire human race, with the result that we are all sinful by nature.

SALVATION BY GRACE

We believe that Jesus Christ, by His substitutionary death on the cross, made salvation possible for all who will receive Him as their only Savior; that these, who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, will never perish; and that it is utterly impossible for anyone to be saved except by Jesus Christ.

THE CHURCH

We believe that the universal, invisible church is composed of all believers; that the local visible church is a congregation of baptized believers in a particular locality associated for worship, fellowship, service and the observance of the ordinances; that this local church is independent and that the only authority over it is that of Christ and the Word of God.

BAPTISM

We believe that every Christian should be baptized (immersed) in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This outward act is symbolic of the inward work of regeneration and that only the baptism of a regenerated individual is real.

COMMUNION

We believe in the observance of the Lord’s Supper as the symbol of continual spiritual fellowship with our Savior; that it is for believers only, and that by doing this we remember His death until He comes.

THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the final triumph of the church and righteousness at the glorious appearing of Christ, in the resurrection of the dead, and in the eternal blessedness of the saved and eternal, conscious suffering of the unsaved.

 

(This very brief statement of faith is intended to be only a summary of the beliefs of our church and it is to be clearly understood that the complete doctrinal position of the church is set forth only in the entire Word of God.)