Welcome to Encounter!

At Encounter Church, we don’t worry about how you look on the outside. We meet you where you are, whether this is your first time stepping foot in a church or you’ve been attending your whole life.
Our weekend services will take you deeper into the heart of God with dynamic worship and life-applicable teaching. We believe God is in a good mood and that church should be fun!

Join us Sundays at 8:30AM, 10:00AM or 11:30AM.


 Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a place for presence driven worship and practical application of the Word that will help lead you to purposeful living. Encounter Church exists to help people move along the path from where they are, to where God wants them. We believe God has always had it in His heart to take people on a four-step spiritual journey:

STEP 1: Know God
STEP 2: Find Freedom
STEP 3: Discover Purpose
STEP 4: Make a Difference


Our Beliefs

“Watch your life and your doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save others, yourself, and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16 (NIV)


1. The Bible is the Word of God

The Bible is the basis for everything we believe. It is the only completely reliable and truthful authority in our life. Because of this we practice daily Bible reading and Bible study. Through this we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?”

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 NLT

2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Jesus Christ, the second Person in the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth. He voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who receive grace by trusting in Him alone. He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between God and us. He baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit and will return to earth one day to gather his church.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through me.”’ John 14:6

“For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you
builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! There
is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.” Acts 4:11-12 NLT

3. You must be Born Again.

God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own
way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our separation from Him. Salvation comes
only through God’s grace – not human effort – and must be received personally by repentance
and faith. We also believe water baptism is the public profession of your decision to become a
follower of Jesus Christ but is not required for eternal salvation. At the end, everyone will
experience bodily resurrection and the judgment but only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship
with God.

“When anyone becomes a Christian he becomes a new person inside. The old passes
away, a new life has begun.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 LB

Jesus said: “If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your
life for me, you will find true life.” Matthew 16:25 NLT

4. Believers can be Spirit-Filled and Spirit-Led.

Every believer can be filled with the Holy Spirit by simply asking. However you do not have to be filled with the Holy Spirit to receive salvation. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right.

“… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…” Acts 1:8

“…be filled with the Holy Spirit” Ephesians 5:18

“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the
entire house where they were sitting.And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and
rested on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:2-4 ESV





Brent & Terri Sparks
Senior Pastors

John & Debbie Burk
Executive Pastor / Intercession

Rob & Katelynn Ashabranner
Young Adults / Dream Teams

Will & Lauri Akins

Nathan & Mia Baker
Evangelism & Outreach

Darin & Roxie Sasser
Worship Pastor

David & Maggie Neal
Worship Leader

Ted & Alex Slaughter
Worship Leader

Angela Burke
Administrative Assistant