who we are

MCC is a non-denominational Christian Church on a mission to change the world, one person at a time through Christ. Even though we are located in a small town, we are a regional church with a large vision to connect people to God and His people. 

People drive in from over 14 different communities that cover five counties to attend MCC. Currently around 300 people worship at MCC every weekend.

our story

It all started with a dream to plant a new church. 

Minier Christian Church began on November 8th, 1874 when seventeen people, from the Little Mackinaw Church, with help from G.W. Minier, planted a new church in Minier IL. That “meeting house” cost $2,800 and included a bell and furniture. Fifty-five people attended that first worship service and twelve of them were baptized

Many years later on November 12, 1967, there was a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Education wing. The two-level structure was built attached to the south end of the worship unit and included 11 classrooms, church office, nursery and restrooms.

Our current building was dedicated on March 21st, 1998. Over 200 people volunteered over an eight year period to build this newer 30,000 sq. ft. ministry tool. Oh yeah... God helped them do it debt free! 


Samuel Lowe 1874

George Minier

D. Chase

A. Gillet

J.C. Lappin

N. Crabtree

W. Rowlinson

J.H. Murray  1901-1905

J.E. Couch 1906-1909

Launcelot Hadaway  1910-1914

R.W. Alexander 1914-1917

H.L. Maltman

W.H. Turner

Claude Griffieth

Myrtle Park Storm 1926-1936

Arthur Weaver 1936-1941

J.W. Sharda 1941-1944

Delmar Debault 1944-1949

John Mann 1949-1955

Carl Patton 1956-1958

J. Wayne Staley 1958-1965

Jack W. Thompson 1963-1971

Ron Kelley 1970-1977

Alan Weber 1977-1980

Joe Bray 1981 - 1984

Norv Condy 1984 - 2014

Shane Wood 2014 - 2015

Rusty Richards 2015 - present

our mission

Changing the world, one person at a time, through Christ.

Our values

  • Quality and relevant worship experience (Hebrews 10:25; John 4:23-24)
  • Small group involvement (Acts 2:42)
  • Challenging people to be followers (Matthew 16:24; Matthew 4:19)
  • Caring about hurting people (Luke 10:30-37; Romans 12:9-13)
  • Loving and serving as Christ did (John 13:5-17; Matt 20:28; I John 4:11-12)
  • Positive youth programs for all ages (Luke 18:16; Ecclesiastes 12:1)
  • Strengthening the health of the family (Proverbs 22:6; Joel 1:3; Deut 6:4-9
  • To be seen as a welcoming congregation of believers (Matthew 25:34-40; Romans 15:7; James 2:1-13)
  • Outward focus with strong community involvement (Matthew 28:18-19)

our beliefs

At MCC, our core beliefs are based in Scripture and rooted in historic Christianity, as summarized by these statements:

“In the essentials we need unity, in the non-essentials we need freedom: but in all things we need love.” —Rupertus Meldenius. 

"Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent." - Thomas Campbell

"We are Christian only, but not the only Christians."

"No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible, no law but love."

Essential truth. Our Statement of Faith. These things don’t change at Minier Christian Church. This is what we believe, and it’s who we are at the core as a church.


Who God is…

We believe, as hard as it is to grasp for many people, God is one being in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; Acts 2:38-39; and 2 Cor. 13:14), co-existing in perfect community and harmony.


Who the Father is...

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3).


Who Jesus is...

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, my one and only Savior(John 1:14; John 3:16). Who was born Jesus of Nazareth, both fully human and fully divine, conceived of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary (Philippians 2:8; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 1:18-25). Who suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1-46). Who died and was buried, and Who rose again in bodily form from the dead on the third day (Luke 23:44 – 24:8). Who ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father (Luke 22:69; Acts 1:1-9). Who will return to earth to judge both the living and the dead (Matthew 24:36-42; John 14:1-6; 1 Peter 4:5).


Who the Holy Spirit is...

We believe the Holy Spirit is the active presence of God in the world, always seeking to glorify Jesus (John 16:13-15). He lives individually within those who believe in Jesus, and corporately in the Church (1 Cor. 6:19 & 3:16-17). He convicts people of sin, righteousness, and judgment to come (John 16:5-15). He is our Comforter, Guide, Teacher, Helper, the One who gives us spiritual gifts for service and changes us into the likeness of Jesus, and who marks us for the day of salvation (Jn. 14:15-17; 15:25-26; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:1ff; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; Eph 1:13-14; and 2 Cor. 3:18).


What the Bible is...

We believe the Bible, the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is the uniquely inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:14-17 and 2 Pet. 1:15-21). We seek unity in matters of faith, freedom in matters of opinion, and love in everything (Jn. 13:34-35). It is through Scripture that we know God’s will and Christ’s authority. The Bible accomplishes all that God intends for it to accomplish (Isa. 55:10-11; Jer. 20:9; and Heb. 4:12). We believe that Scripture, in its entirety, originated with God and that it was given through men chosen by God. At the same time, Scripture speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of human authors. We believe that the Scriptures in their original writings are without error, perfectly trustworthy and unquestionably true. They are unique, full of final authority on all matters of faith and how we live and interpret the events of our daily lives.


Who people are...

Human beings were created by God to walk in fellowship with Him. However, all (except Jesus) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and must rely on God’s grace and forgiveness. Every human from the moment of conception is in the image of God, a person to be nurtured, protected, and developed. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.) 


What the church is...

We believe the church is the body of Christ on earth. It exists to communicate the good news of new life in Jesus Christ to the world, to teach his followers to obey his teachings, and to equip his followers for ministry. The church is made up of those who have placed their faith in Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:27; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:10; Ephesians 4:11-14; Acts 2:38)


What salvation is...

We believe the Bible teaches that salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible teaches that one receives this gift of salvation by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, confessing Christ and being immersed into Christ. (Acts 2:38) (for more on this, see our “Baptism” paper available through the church office)

For purposes of Minier Christian Church's faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our board of elders are the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.