Why here? Why Lake County? Another church? Aren’t there enough? The beginning of this church plant raises these questions and more. We might add our own questions, “How many churches are needed to serve Lake County’s one-half million people?” “Who will speak the good news to the 300,000 or more people not committed to worshiping in Jesus’ name?” We are looking to plant a church in the spiritual void.
Before the recent economic downturn, the Crown Point area saw dramatic growth. As the economy picks up, indications are that significant growth may start again. During this time of population increase, new churches have started. While the population has diversified and grown and the varieties of churches increased, why another church plant? Simply interpreted, the spiritual need continues to outpace population growth.
What is the real opportunity for church planting? “Population growth” is a tempting answer. “Not enough churches” seems compelling. And “not having a certain variety of churches” has an attraction. But ultimately, none of these pass a biblical “smell test” for the key reason to plant a church! The real opportunity is to obey by faith Christ’s directive: “Go… and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Mat 28:19-20 ESV)
We are not content to define the need for a church in secondary terms but can find our fulfillment only in the triune God himself and the grace, promises, and blessings which flow from him. The purpose of this mission is to plant a Christ-exalting, Spirit-dependent, God-glorifying, gospel-saturated, biblically-faithful, presbyterian and reformed church in Northwest Indiana, specifically in the Crown Point, Merrillville, Schererville, and Hobart area of Lake County.
Our opportunity is to glorify God and enjoy him forever!
About Rev. Glenn Jerrell
Glenn Jerrell is the Regional Home Missionary for the Presbytery of Michigan, Ontario, and Northern Indiana in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He began serving the Lord in this capacity after 39 years of ministry in Pennsylvania, South Dakota, New Mexico, and Indiana.
Glenn, a native of New Jersey, was baptized as a covenant child in the Bridgeton Orthodox Presbyterian Church. In college he received a Bachelor of Science degree in plant sciences at Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, Pennsylvania. His study of creation changed to studies in new creation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1972.
Involvement with mission works in New Mexico and Hillsdale, Michigan, are part of Glenn’s passion for the advance of the kingdom of God. Before beginning his pastoral ministry, Glenn served ministerial internships in a church, as a prison chaplain, and in outreach for two summers at the Boardwalk Chapel on the Jersey shore. He met his wife-to-be at the Boardwalk Chapel. He is quick to recount that while in the Lord’s service, the Lord provided him a most wonderful gift, his wife Kathie. They have been married 42 years.
Community service has included being on a park board, nine years as a town council member as well as service on a chamber of commerce board and co-chair for a winning All-America City Award designation.
Glenn and his wife Kathie have 5 children and 16 grandchildren, three of whom are with the Lord. Currently, he works out of Walkerton, Indiana.