Who We Are
We are a group of "changed people in Jesus Christ" who have believed the gospel of Jesus and are now born again by the Holy Spirit to serve God through Christ's Church.
Article of Faith (Doctrinal Statement)
The Holy Trinity
In the Holy Trinity consisting of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, three persons co-eternal; the same in substance but distinct in subsistence. (Matthew 3:16, 17; II Corinthians 13:14)
In God the Father, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, eternal and immutable; full of love, justice, goodness, mercy and truth. (Ephesians 4:6; I Corinthians 8:6; I Timothy 2)
In God the Son, our only Saviour, full of grace and truth, by whom all things were made, who is the image of God, in whom all the fullness of the God-Head dwells in bodily form. (Colossians 1:14-19; John 1:1-3, 14; Acts 4:12) We believe in His deity (John 1:1); humanity (John 1:14); virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-20); death (John 19:33, 34); burial (Matthew 27:57-60); bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:6,7) ascension (Acts 1:9); exaltation (Hebrews 1:3); and coming again (Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
The Holy Spirit
In God the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, whom the Father sent into the world to reprove it is of sin, righteousness and judgment and to testify of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19; John 16:8-14).
He generates, indwells and baptizes each believer into the Body of Christ, sealing each unto the Day of Redemption. (Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 14)
The Holy Spirit guides each believer into truth and it is the responsibility of each believer to “walk in the Spirit’. (John 16:13; I John 2:20-27; Galatians 5:16)
That the scriptures in the original writings are verbally inspired of God without admixture of error in their substance and that they were written by holy men of God who spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The scriptures are final in authority in all a matters of conduct and doctrine. (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:21)
In the church, the bride of Christ; and that it is the body of Christ, with Christ as the head. The Church (which began at Pentecost and will conclude with the rapture) consist of all believers of this present age. (Matthew 16:18; Revelation 19:7; Colossians 1:18)
That the establishment and continuance of the local church is clearly taught and defined in scripture. (Acts 14:27, 20:17, 20:28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
That God is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts and that diverse gifts are given for the equipping, edifying and unifying of the church. However, the sign gifts gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (I Corinthians 12; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:7-12)
In the holy ordinances of water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
That Satan is a person, a created angelic being, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. (1 Peter 5:8; Job 1:6,7; Ezekiel 28:14, 15; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; Revelation 20:10)
That God created an order of spirit beings known as angels, before the formation of the world, for the purpose of worshipping and serving Him. Angels possess individual personalities, are intelligent and powerful, yet inferior to God but superior to man. (Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:6; II Peter 2:11)
There are holy unfallen angels who carry out the will of God (i.e., ministering to redeemed men). (Hebrews 1:14)
There are unholy, fallen angels who assist Satan. These fallen angels, known as demons or evil spirits, can influence and tempt all men and even possess unbelievers. (Ephesians 6:12; Jude 6)
The Creation and Fall of Mankind
That man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the whole race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12, 6:23; Titus 3:5)
That our salvation has been accomplished through the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross, whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins, without any admixture of works on the part of man. This salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and must be received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; I Peter 1:18, 19, 2:24)
Believer's Two Natures
That every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims of the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13, 8:12, 13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9)
Eternal Security, Assurance and Possessions of the Believer
That all the redeemed, once saved, are partakers of the Divine Nature and are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:38, 39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4, 5; II Peter 1:4)
That it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of salvation, the inheritance of incorruptible things, redemption, justification, propitiation, adoption, reconciliation, sanctification and ultimate glorification. (I John 5:12-13; I Peter 1:4; Galatians 3:13; Romans 5:1, 3:25; Galatians 4:5-7; II Corinthians 5:18-19; I Corinthians 1:30; Romans 8:30)
In the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:26; John 5:28, 29, 11:25, 26; Revelation 20:5, 6, 12, 13)
That the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they shall live in perfect peace and bliss awaiting the resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
In a literal hell, a place of torment and anguish in which those souls of the unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the lake of fire, prepared for Satan and his angels, not to be annihilated but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Matthew 25:21-46: Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15: II Thessalonians 1:7-9)
Judgment of the believer’s sins in the cross of Christ. (John 3:17, 18; John 12:31)
Judgment of the believer himself.(I Corinthians 11:31)
Judgment seat of Christ; the evaluation of the believer’s works. (II Corinthians 5:10; I Corinthians 3:13-15)
Judgment of the Gentile nations (Matthew 26:32)
Judgment of Israel. (Ezekiel 20:37)
Judgment of angels. (Jude 6)
In the imminent, personal pre-tribulation return of Christ in the air for His Saints, which event is the blessed hope of the church, and at which time the righteous dead shall be raised and the living Saints shall be caught up into the air to be eternally with Christ. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-54)
In the personal; pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth with His Saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom following the Great Tribulation of seven years. (Matthew 25:31-34; Revelation 19:8-16)
That the scriptures interpreted in their natural literal sense reveal divinely determined periods of time in which man’s responsibilities in successive ages are defined. These dispensations are not ways of salvation but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. For example, we now live in the dispensation of the Church. (I Corinthians 9:17; II Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10, 32:20; Colossians 1:24- 25; Hebrews 7:19; Revelation 20:2-6)
Get to know the Christian Fellowship Church leaders.
Mike Matiscik has a passion for evangelism because he never had anyone sit him down and share the gospel until he was 23 years old. "I can't believe that I could live in this country for so long with everyone assuming that I had heard it. The gospel has changed my life. My desire is that God would also make a difference in your life. I truly believe the only way to effectively do that is through God's Word. That is why I am so pleased the Bible is the basis of everything we do at CFC!" These words are lived out as well as being constantly proclaimed as Pastor Matiscik teaches the Word of God in a systematic, verse-by-verse weekly study.
Mike was born in Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University. Seeing that he needed a "helpmate," God graciously brought Rebecca into Mike's life, meeting at a weekly Bible study. They were married in 1989 and have two children, Ellie and Joshua. God, in His sovereignty saw fit to send Mike and Becky to California where he earned his Masters of Divinity from the Masters Seminary, graduating in 1992. Mike has served in various levels of youth ministries as well as two College and Career ministries prior to being led to CFC in 1996 as Senior Pastor.
Elder Sean Flanagan desires to see all believers grow in their faith. "The best way for believers to grow is through the Word of God and spending time with other believers. I am so glad that Pastor Mike teaches the Bible verse-by-verse. This type of teaching explains God's message to us in a basic, simple language. It explains both what all people must do to be saved, and what believers must know to please God." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that "All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."
Sean was born in Nebraska and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He met his wife Jodi in the college ministry at their local church. They were married in 1998 and have three children, Chloe, Quinn, and Caleb. Sean has served in various levels of youth ministries and currently leads our Jr. and Sr. High group, 180, and teaches Children's Church in addition to being an elder.
Carl Hale is a sinner saved by grace who spent almost 20 years as a post-modern “intellectual” and atheist. He was fully sold out to evolution and maintained that there was no evidence that God existed. After entering into foolishness and following that dark, rocky, winding, sinful road in defiance of God for nearly 20 years, he came under the conviction of his own sin and began reading Scripture. It was there that he found the living Word of God and the truth of Jesus Christ as the only Savior, God, King, and Lord of all who believe. After being in blindness and darkness for so many years, by the gracious mercy of God Almighty alone, the light of the world, Jesus Christ, began to shine His glory and truth, and Carl was born again.John 9:25: “one thing I do know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” Once God gave him the privilege to see spiritually, he saw, like the guards in John 7:46, that “no one ever spoke like this man!” He finally had eyes to see that Jesus Christ is Savior & God! Colossians 2:9: “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
Carl has been richly blessed with one daughter, Evelyn, who is also a born again believer. Evelyn is currently a neuroscience major who enjoys working with children. Dr. Hale is a neuropsychologist in private practice in Merrillville and Carmel who works primarily with children. His primary expertise in neuropsychology is in learning and memory, meta-cognition, and executive functioning. He is a part-time cowboy who enjoys traveling to South Dakota and Colorado, where the beauty of creation, including a tiny glimpse of His 7 septillion stars, is an irrefutable testament to a magnificent and glorious Creator (Romans 1:19-20). Psalm 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork.” He is a sometimes poet, wordsmith, and psalmist who enjoys praising the Lord on paper. Most importantly, he believes that evangelism, the ministry of reconciliation, is the calling of all believers to share the good news of Jesus Christ, the Gospel, with the world. He is blessed to serve in any capacity that God calls him during his tenure here on earth!
As an adult, Tomas became interested in learning about Christ. He chose to meet with a pastor for weekly Bible study and consequently opened his heart and life to the saving grace of Jesus.
Since becoming a regular attendee at Christian Fellowship Church, Tomas has sought to give of his time and talents by serving the Lord with building maintenance, security surveillance, and especially youth work.
As a husband and father, Tomas is sincere in his desire to be the spiritual leader in his home. He is generous in meeting and talking with others who want to know more about the Christian journey. He is known as a man of humility who quietly lives out his testimony on the job, at home, and in his neighborhood.
“Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness & patience…” Colossians 3:12
Grant accepted Christ into his life at a young age. A growing sense of guilt over his youthful sins prompted him to ask Jesus to be his Savior, giving him the opportunity to turn his back on Satan to serve a new Master!
Grant grew up in a Christian home with parents who were faithful attenders at CFC. He’s been a part of Hammond-life since birth, continuing so, with his graduation from Purdue Northwest University, and now, proudly working as a store manager through the local grocery chain of Strack & Van Til’s.
The Lord has allowed various avenues of service via Grant’s ministry at Christian Fellowship Church…
CFC has been a “constant” throughout Grant’s journey of growing-up: shaping his life, encouraging with godly role models of Christian living, providing emotional & spiritual support. As an adult, he has come to value the grammatical historical approach of Pastor Mike’s Bible teaching.
Both Grant & his wife, Annie, seek to serve the Lord by opening their home with hospitality AND the gospel. They pray that their growing family will be a testimony to others.
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…
Rolando was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He married Annette in 2000 and moved to Hammond in 2004. Annette and his daughter Sofia started attending CFC in 2005.
Rolando started attending about a year later after seeing a change in his wife. Through Pastor Mike's teachings and sharing of the gospel, he immediately realized he needed a Savior. The more he attended and heard the Word, the more he saw what a sinner he is. He repented and gave his life to Jesus. His heart's desire is to serve the people in his community and to see some come to faith.
Romans 10:17 "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." This verse explains how Rolando came to faith.
Benjamin was born and raised in Montana in a loving, Christian home. He began his relationship with Jesus as a child through the AWANA program at the local Bible church.
After graduating MWSB (Montana Wilderness School of the Bible) in 2005, Benjamin relocated to northwest Indiana and married his college sweetheart, Sara. He is Warehouse Supervisor at Zoetis in Chicago Heights.His wife, Sara, serves as a hospital nurse in the Franciscan network. Ben and Sara have 4 young children. The family has attended CFC since 2011.
Christian Fellowship Church has truly been motivational in Benjamin's spiritual growth and a much-appreciated blessing to the Rasmussen family. Ben has served in the following areas: AWANA leader, worship band member, and Vacation Bible School. He is looking forward to what God will do through CFC and grateful to be a part of its ministry.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Paul grew up in the Munster area and currently lives in Highland. Paul came into a closer relationship and saving knowledge of Jesus when he was in his late teens. In 1998 he recommitted himself to the Lord. Since then Paul has grown in a deeper relationship, understanding and love of God’s Word.
Being part of CFC has been a blessing to Paul, his wife Karen and their two boys, P.J. and Wesley. The expository preaching by Pastor Mike is inspiring and encouraging. Paul currently teaches 4-6 grade Sunday School and serves as Deacon. Paul’s desire is to see his own children, those in his Sunday School class, and others to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 139: 1-4 “O Lord, you have searched me and know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.”
Wayne Lee Weaver grew up in Hammond, Indiana. He was saved when he was a child attending a Child Evangelism Class in the neighborhood. He graduated from Gavit High School in 1964 , Served two years in the Army. He is a retired millwright. Wayne is married and has 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. He has attended CFC since 1955.
Wayne is an active member of Christian Fellowship Church. He has served his church in the following capacities: Sunday school teacher, AWANA leader, and presently as a deacon. His life verse is I John 5:11-12 , which promises us eternal life.
We are an independent Bible Church, and a member of the IFCA (Independent Fundamental Churches of America). We are a dispensational church in doctrine, and that drives all we do.