Meet Our Pastors
Randy and Larissa Willard were handed the “keys and hearts” of the church during a farewell service for our former pastors Ron and Char Roth on Sunday, September 26, 2020.
Larissa Moore is best known as the Founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Community Church. She is a respected pastor, teacher, and a voice to push the Kingdom of God forward. In January 2017 the Lord blessed her with a church family and covering at Dayspring Christian Fellowship where Jim Bartholomew is the Pastor.
Larissa served as a board member of the Evana Network for 6 years. She also served as Vice Chair of the board and eventually the Board Chair of Evana.
Another blessing has been her marriage to Randy Willard on July 28th, 2018.
Larissa grew up with her parents and siblings in the Cleveland area, and they attended the Lee Heights Community Church. Lee Heights is where she was raised up as a leader and where she received her training in leadership as an Elder for several years. She was blessed to attend Ashland Seminary and Eastern Mennonite Seminary.
In October of 2020 Larissa and Randy accepted the call to pastor Marion Christian Fellowship in Shipshewana, Indiana.
She endeavors to teach and train up a people who are empowered to embrace their kingdom purposes which God has for their lives and their families.
This is who we are.
We’re a church that loves people.
As evidenced by our home-like atmosphere, we’re a church that loves one another. We actively pursue relationship with each other by participating in Bible Studies, game nights led by the nurture commission and hymn sings led by the worship commission. We also love to love on those outside of our walls by supporting local entities like Agape House, Elijah Haven, and the LaGrange County Food Pantry through our yearly pancake breakfast and other fundraisers throughout the year.
We’re a church that mends people.
We offer assistance to those in crisis through counseling and care groups. Loss is a part of everyone’s lives and, we feel, it is important that the church be available to support those in their time of greatest need.
We’re a church that feeds people.
Whether it’s a carry-in lunch at church or a home cooked meal brought to a church member in need, we love food and the fellowship that happens when you gather with your fellow believers. We have a carry-ins regularly at church and if you happen to stop by on the day of, we expect you to stay, whether you brought anything or not, rest assured, we have plenty!
We’re a church that helps people.
One of the best things about our giving is the “Alms Fund”. This is a fund we can give to that is then utilized to help those in need. You can also find many of our people out at “work days” on a Saturday, helping out one another and those in the community, be it to rake leaves or put on a new roof. We believe that helping one another through service is one way we can show Christ’s love, in a tangible way.
This is what we believe.
We believe that God is real.
God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.
Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. (15) But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Psalm 86:8-10 & 15
We believe that the Church is meant to help others.
The church, as a body of believers in Christ, through Christ, for Christ; work together in love to build one another up and preach His gospel to everyone. Through the spreading of the word and the encouragement between believers, we help one another grow and mature in our faith, becoming more Christ like in our lives.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s son.
The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of god, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself.
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus…
1 Timothy 2:5
Jesus is both fully human and fully God. He must be fully human so that in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses.
For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
He must also be fully God so that because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.
But God raised him from the dead,(A) freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.
We believe that God loves us.
God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
We believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and is good for teaching, correction and training, so that we, who are God’s, may by complete and made ready to do good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17