Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Wayne Downing grew up in St. Paris, Ohio, in Champaign County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Christian Leadership from Barclay College in 2020. While working at World Class Plastics in Russells Point, Pastor Wayne served bi-vocationally as pastor at Stony Creek Church of the Brethren in southwest Logan
County, Ohio, from 2003-2013.
He and his wife, Susan, have been married for 29 years and have four children: Evan (26), Morgan (25) (married to Austin), Davis (20), and Thia (19). In his spare time, Wayne enjoys dates with Susan, reading, running, target shooting, throwing the frisbee with the family, plus his new hobby, disc golf. Pastor Wayne was called to Goshen Friends in July of 2014.
Goshen Friends Church is blessed to have many ministries, including, but not limited to:
Evangelical Friends Church
Goshen Friends is a part of the Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region (EFC-ER).
The EFC-ER is a movement of connected churches intentionally working together to fulfill a common mission, vision, and core values, based on the person and redemptive message of Jesus Christ.