About Our Church
We are a gospel-intoxicated Reformed church currently meeting in Excelsior, Minnesota. Governed by a group of men called elders, we are a member of a presbyterian denomination called the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches.
We worship the Triune God, joyfully seeking to obey His Word, and discipling others to new life in Christ.
1) We strive to think, speak, and act biblically
2) We equip and empower the saints to do the work of ministry
3) We invest in Kingdom work
4) We love others in response to the Lord’s love for us worship the Triune God, joyfully seeking to obey His Word, and discipling others to new life in Christ.
Arnie Abens grew up in a cornfield in Illinois, catechized and trained by Godly parents, pastors, and teachers. Arnie enjoys raising cattle, collecting chicken eggs, and golfing. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his wife of 34 years, Jennifer. They have four children, three children in-law, and four grandchildren. Most Saturdays you will find them all enjoying a Sabbath feast together!
Scott Bailey and his wife Stephanie celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary in the Fall of 2019. They have four adult children, and ten grandchildren who bring them great joy and honor as they continue maturing in Christ. Scott was previously an elder and founding member of a sister CREC church in Pella, Iowa. He and Stephanie relocated here several years ago for Scott to serve as CFO for Pella Windows & Doors in Plymouth, MN. Scott is passionate about training men to be spiritual leaders at home, church, and in the workplace.
Pastor of Civic Outreach
Jeff and his wife, Chrissy, have five children from college-aged down to diapers. The Evans family moved to Minnesota in January of 2010, and Jeff served as the lead pastor of Christ Church Twin Cities for nine years. He then transitioned to a new position as Director of the Church Ambassador Network with Minnesota Family Council, which has him ministering to elected officials through local churches and pastors. Jeff studied at Hillsdale College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Greyfriars Hall, and a few other places.
Pastor of Missions/Outreach
Joost Nixon came to faith in Christ at ten years old through a Christian family that was bold enough to let him play with their kids. Now he helps to equip pastors in Asia, Africa, and Latin America through biblical and theological education, and has also served as a pastor and church planter for many years in Washington State. Joost has been married to his wife, Kristen, for over 25 years. Together they have eight children. Joost likes to grow things, and cook funky ethnic food.
Missions We Support
Our church supports and participates with an array of ministries, missionaries, and organizations that are furthering the Kingdom of God and fulfilling the Great Commission.
Christ Church Twin Cities encourages all Christian parents to provide a Christ-centered and biblically-saturated education for their children, thus fulfilling passages like Deuteronomy 6:6-9 and Ephesians 6:4. Therefore, we prayerfully and financially support faithful Christian day schooling, homeschooling, and higher education.
Minnesota Family Council
Political idolatry, as we sadly know, runs rampant in our culture and stands at odds with the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Though the Church is not called to rule the State, She must publicly and unashamedly confess Her faith at all times and all places. Minnesota Family Council’s mission is to nurture and defend families by restoring biblical truth in our culture and serves as a joyful, winsome voice in the public square. Through our partnership with MFC, we seek to use our earthly citizenship in light of our heavenly citizenship, letting our manner of life be worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).
Anselm House is a Christian study center serving the University of Minnesota (UMN) community and the greater Twin Cities region with the mission of connecting faith and knowledge with all of life. Anselm House's public initiatives include a regular schedule of lectures, moderated discussions, and reading groups that attract 3,500+ attendees every year. These are complemented by the Colin MacLaurin Fellows program, a three-year curriculum of theological formation for UMN students, and a growing Christian faculty network of 200+ members. Anselm House's desire is to effect change in the lives of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota so that they may go on to love Christ and neighbor, and thereby build the Kingdom of God. Please click here for more information.
Twin cities chapter of the gospel coalition
Christ Church Twin Cities is a part of the Twin Cities chapter of The Gospel Coalition.
The Gospel Coalition | Twin Cities Regional Chapter exists to promote gospel-centered ministry in our area. The Gospel Coalition's aim is to serve ministry leaders by providing an atmosphere in which diverse, but like-minded individuals can connect with one another, find resources, encourage each other, and be encouraged.
Whether affiliated with the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches or others with whom we believe the Lord has enabled us to partner for the sake of the gospel.
Training leaders international
Training Leaders International (TLI) is a Reformed missions organization that sends short term teams to provide theological education around the world, acts as a sending agency for theological educators living overseas, and starts schools where formal pastoral education is lacking. We prayerfully and financially support the work of TLI through the labors of our Pastor of Missions/Outreach, Dr. Joost Nixon.
There are over 300 million French-speaking people in the world who are in desperate need of theological training. Huguenot Heritage is working to bring solid biblical education to church leaders for free, right where they are, through video seminary courses in their own language. Please click here for more information.
JOINT EASTERN EUROPEAN PROJECT (JEEP)
JEEP exists to assist, plant, and encourage CREC congregations in Eastern Europe. As a ministry organized by three CREC congregations, JEEP is unique in its CREC flavor and equipped to serve CREC churches around the world. The overseeing board is able to provide accountability to Eastern European churches (in Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine) through annual financial reports and transparency of funding sources, routine church visits, and regular communication about ministries. Please click here for more information.