About My Church
Our Church History
In January 2009, Tony and his wife Kara founded a church in Strasburg, Va. called MY CHURCH. Later that year he received his ministerial ordination. In 2012 Pastor Tony transferred his ordination credentials to Abba's House of Hixson, Tenn. led by Dr. Ronnie Phillips Jr. In the fall 2013 moved to the Woodstock, Va. campus where Tony serves as senior pastor today.
To experience the heart of God in worship,
To empower His people and
To extend His love to the ends of the earth
The Bible, the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God without error in the original writings, and complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.
God--There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Manifestations: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ--Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
The Holy Spirit--The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and during this age, to convict men of sin, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
Man--Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
Salvation--The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.
The Return of Jesus Christ--The personal, premillenial, and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ is our hope and has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
Future Events--There will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.
The Church--The true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.
Baptism and Communion--Water baptism by immersion soon after accepting Christ as personal Savior is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life. The Lord's Supper is a memorial service setting forth, in sacred and symbolic manner, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ; all true believers and only believers should share in it.
FURTHER EXPLANATION OF OUR BELIEFS AND PRACTICES
We believe in one God who is eternal in His existence, Triune in His manifestation, being both Father, Son and Holy Ghost AND that He is sovereign and absolute in His authority.
We believe in the Father who is God Himself, Creator of the universe. (Gen 1:1; John 1:1)
We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. (Col 2:9) He suffered, died, was buried, and rose from the dead for our total salvation (Luke 3:21-22; Philippians 2:5-11).
We believe that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him (John 3:36; John 3:31-32; John 14:6).
We believe in the Holy Spirit who is God indwelling, empowering and regenerating the believer. This Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17, 14:26)
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ atones for our sins and iniquity. It is through His shed blood that we are saved, healed and set free from bondage and the forces of darkness (Romans 5:9-11; Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 12:11).
We believe that every believer must have a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, for apart from Him we can do nothing. Each person has a ministry from God that no one else can fill. We are to instruct, teach, exhort, and admonish believers in the ways of God (John 15:1-5; Hebrews 13:5-6).
We believe that the Bible is the true infallible Word of God, which cleanses our souls. It holds the words of eternal life and the keys of the Kingdom of God. The Bible shows us God's principles and standards for living; and it is the food that sustains us in all circumstances (John 1:14; 2 Timothy 3: 16-17; 1 John 2:5-6).
We believe that we are to wash and renew our minds daily by the Word of God. We must learn His ways and exchange our way of thinking for His. We are to be conformed to the Kingdom of God by the molding and shaping of His Hands (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:23-29; Philippians 4:8).
We believe in justification by faith. We believe that salvation is free and apart from any work of man is a result of the sovereign grace of God. (Eph 2:8-9, Gal 5:5, Rom 5:1)
We believe in worshipping the Lord in spirit, song, dance and with the raising of our hands. We believe that we are to praise and worship Him with our whole being (Psalms 150:1-6; John 4:24).
We believe that Godly living and the pursuit of a holy life should be the goal of every believer. (Heb 12:14, Phil 3:14)
We believe that believers should be water baptized by immersion for the circumcision of our hearts. It is through baptism that we publicly identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-6; Colossians 2:11-14; Acts 2:38).
We believe that all Christians need to partake of the communion elements which represent the Lord Jesus' body and blood. It is by participating in the Lord's Supper that we proclaim His death until His return (John 6:53-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30).
We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the sign of a spirit filled individual is a victorious life with the manifestation of the Fruit of the Spirit in their daily life (Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 2:4; Ephesians 5:18-21).
We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit empowers a person for victorious living and faithful service if that person completely surrenders control of their life to the control of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26). We also believe in the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit, that He bestows gifts on every believer and that every gift listed in I Corinthians 12:7-10, Romans 12:6-8, and Ephesians 4:11-16 is available and in operation until we see Jesus face to face. (I Corinthians 1:4-7; I Corinthians 13:8-13).
We believe that it is God's will to heal and deliver His people today as He did in the days of the first Apostles. It is by the stripes of Jesus that we are healed, delivered and made whole. We have authority over sickness, disease, demons, curses, and every circumstance in life (Luke 10:19; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24). "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature... And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:15-18)
We are a ministry founded on an unswerving commitment to Scripture. We serve in the spirit of excellence with integrity and compassion for our community, our nation and our world. We have established a reputation for Biblical integrity mixed with loving compassion.
- Touching all generations with the power of God and the calling He has given us.
- Living with integrity and accountability in all we do.
- Treating each other with dignity and respect.
- Encouraging personal growth by developing and empowering our people.
- Improving the organization by improving ourselves.
- Moving our ministry to greater ethnic diversity.
- Leaving a legacy of hope and promise to future generations.
- Setting a Godly example in all that we do.
- Operating professionally and efficiently.
- Developing a strong, competent, unified, spirit-filled staff team.
- Helping our members and partners reach their potential in Christ.
- Providing anointed leadership for all ministries.
My Church & Pastor Tony Alan Bates seek to become an international voice, touching the whole world, and bringing the transforming message of Christ to every area of life.