Gaston Christian  Church
“Where everyone is moving towards
God’s grace, truth and love!”
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Thanks for checking out Gaston Christian Church!
Whether you have joined us on a Sunday morning already or are considering visiting us on a Sunday morning, we are sure you may have a question or two! This part of the website is just for you. Think of this as a FAQ area for our church. Take a look around and if you still have questions please contact us with your questions.
Question: How do I get there?
Answer:  We are located at 5339 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont, NC 28012.  If you are familiar with the area, we are located about half-way between the Fish Camps and Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.  If you’re not familiar with area, check out Google Maps Here
Question: What time should I get there?
Answer: Worship is at 10:30 (we have Bible Classes/Sunday School for children and adults at 9:30; we have coffee, donuts too!)
Question: What should I wear? 
Answer: You may come in casual clothes or dressed up. We don’t care. (Really, we don’t.)
Question: What will my kids do?
Answer: Your kid(s) will have the chance to attend a class grouped by age. In their class they will be taught a Bible based lesson by our Youth Pastor or one of our Awesome Kidz Block Teachers. For more info about what your kid(s) might do check out Our Ministries page. 
Question: Will my kid(s) be safe and well taken care of? 
Answer: Yes, your Kid(s) will be safe while they are away from you. All of our volunteers have had an extensive background check and are long-term members of our church.  During service there is designated security person who walks through the parking lot and walks through the kids ministry area to ensure everyone and everything is secure.
Question: What can I really expect when I show up? 
Answer: We try to have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  People will say “Hi” to you, but you won’t be stared at or peppered with personal questions.  We sing upbeat, meaningful songs and have a praise band.  We take communion every Sunday.  We take up an offering (but you don’t have to put anything in … really, you don’t!).  We have classes for your kids, or they can stay in “big church” with you.  You won’t be yelled at, singled out, asked to speak or put in the spotlight.  You will be smiled at, spoken to, welcomed and maybe even hugged.
Question: What about communion and offering? 
Answer: We do take communion every Sunday (but you won’t feel out of place). Communion is passed to everyone in attendance and we believe that the decision to participate is between you and God (1 Corinthians 11:28).  We take up an offering (but you don’t have to put anything in … really, you don’t!).
Question: Can I bring my smartphone or tablet?
Answer: Absolutely!  We have wireless internet available for you to use. We use the YouVersion Bible App (a free App that you can find in your app store) to share our message notes each Sunday. 
Question: I have a question that is not listed here? 
Answer:  If have another question that you want to ask you can visit our contact us section. From there you can fill out the form with your question and a Pastor will get back with you shortly. 
Question: what does the church look like on a Sunday morning?
Answer: It would look like something like this ….
Meet Our Staff
Our   Senior   Pastor
 Scott Patterson 
About Scott: 
Scott graduated from Mid Atlantic Christian University in 1987 with a BA in Christian Ministry.  He and his wife, Meribeth, were married that same year.  She graduated from MACU and also from the College of Albemarle with degrees in childhood education and nursing.  They have two sons, Josiah and Bryan. Scott has been the preaching minister at GCC since 2003.
Get to know the real Scott!
Coke or Pepsi?                              Diet Mt. Dew

Cats or Dogs?                                Komodo Dragons

Favorite sports team?             Hoboken Zephyrs 

Something most people wouldn’t expect about you?             I’m a ninja. 

Favorite pastime?   Half-past seven

What do you think you could not live without?   Air

Our Youth Pastor 
Ken Osterbrook
Ken oversees both our Kidz and Student ministry programs.
About Ken: 
Ken is a 2015 Graduate from Johnson University with a double major of Biblical Studies and Preaching/Church Leadership Degree. Ken joined the team in May of 2016 along with his wife Kathryn.
He hopes that he can partner with families to make life changing impact in the lives of our students that he talks to and teaches each week. Ask Ken about thinking Orange if you want to know more? 
Get to know the real Ken!
  • Coke or Pepsi?                              Coke
  • Cats or Dogs?                                Dogs
  • Favorite sports team?             UK Wildcats (Go Cats!) 
  • Something most people wouldn’t expect about you?             I am a former Deputy Jailer with arresting powers. 
  • Favorite pastime?   Adventuring with my wife,  watching movies and playing  Xbox.
  • What do you think you could not live without?   I really couldn’t imagine life without chicken, I love it at  most meals.
Who Is Gaston Christian Church? 
Summary of Beliefs                                                  *Hover cursor over the Bible verse to see that verse reads

Our Heavenly Father: We believe that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) but that in some mysterious way, He exists as three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit; see Matthew 3:16-17). Each have their own roles but they remain in perfect unison with One another. (John 17:21)

Jesus: We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God’s Son who “put on” human flesh to come to earth. He lived a perfect, sinless life and died on a cross for the purpose of forgiving our sins. We believe that after three days, Jesus rose from the dead and that same power is at work in Christians today. (John 1:1-14, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Ephesians 1:19-23)

The Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is living within each Christian (Acts 2:38, John 14:16-17). As we yield to Him, He guides us, grants us peace and wisdom and empowers us to live a Godly life (Galatians 5:22-25, Philippians 4:7). He is also active in the world convicting it of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11).

The Bible: We believe that the Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God, given to us as God’s complete and final revelation. We believe that because of Jesus, we are no longer bound by the Old Testament form of worship and salvation and that we now live under the New Covenant of grace. (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12, Hebrews 8:13, Colossians 2:14)

Worship: It is essential that we give praise and adoration to God. We can do that in many ways but one of them is corporate worship (Church service). At Gaston Christian Church, we gather every Sunday to give God the first part of our week, to sing songs of praise, to learn from His Book, to share in communion with Jesus and each other, to pray, and to benefit from the friendships we have with one another because of Jesus. (Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:25)

Salvation: We believe that salvation is a gift from God (grace, Ephesians 2:8), but that, just like people in the Bible, each person must accept God’s gift of grace. Acceptance means believing (having faith, Acts 16:31, 1 John 5:1), confessing (our sin, 1 John 1:9, and Jesus’ authority in our lives, Romans 10:9-10), repentance (changing our allegiance and behavior, Matthew 3:8, Mark 1:14, Acts 17:30), and being born again (baptism, John 3:3-5, Acts 22:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17). The born-again Christian then grows and matures and lives faithfully (Titus 2:11-14, Revelation 2:10).

The Church: We believe that the church was established by God. There are many metaphors used in the Bible to describe the Church (a body, a bride, a family, a temple, etc.), but at the end of it all, God instituted the Church as both a place for Christians to worship and grow and as an organism to reach out and serve. As such, we love the Church and hope others will too. We aren’t perfect, but we do worship the perfect God and we are trying to be more like him in how we think, act and love.

Love: We believe that God loves each and every person and that His greatest desire is for us to love Him back. Sin ruins that relationship, but God, through Jesus, took away our sin. (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, Romans 6:23)

What kind of church are we?  We want to be “just Christians.” No denominational name or affiliation and no man-made creed to govern us. We want to pattern ourselves, as best we can, after the Church that we find in the Bible (the Book of Acts has much to say about this). Although there are thousands of Independent Christian Churches in America and throughout the world with whom we have fellowship, we simply believe that we are part of Christ’s Church. He prayed for unity (John 17:11) and that is our desire, that we may all be one in Jesus; simply and only.

* These are a brief summary of some of the most common “what do we believe?” questions. Likewise, the Scripture references listed are not intended to be exhaustive. If you have a specific question about our beliefs, please feel free to contact us with your questions.

Our Current Series: 
Description of this Series: 
Current and Past Messages

Nov 27, 2016
A Very Important Question
Series: Special
What questions do you have for God? He has one for you ... "02_ImportantQ" from 09_Special by G. Scott Patterson. Released: 2016. Genre: Other.
  • Nov 27, 2016A Very Important Question
    Nov 27, 2016
    A Very Important Question
    Series: Special
    What questions do you have for God? He has one for you ... "02_ImportantQ" from 09_Special by G. Scott Patterson. Released: 2016. Genre: Other.
  • Nov 20, 2016Family Time
    Nov 20, 2016
    Family Time
    Series: Special
    As we approach Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn toward family and God. "Family Time" from 09_Special by G. Scott Patterson. Released: 2016. Genre: Other.
  • Nov 13, 2016Now What?
    Nov 13, 2016
    Now What?
    Series: Special
  • Nov 6, 2016Ruthie & Bo Save Christmas
    Nov 6, 2016
    Ruthie & Bo Save Christmas
    The Book of Judges is, for the most part, a collection of dark, depressing stories of a nation falling further from God. But sometime during the period of the Judges, a woman named Ruth brings light and renewed hope that God's Promise of Redeemer would come true. "06_Ruth" from 08_Judges by G. Scott Patterson. Released: 2016. Genre: Other.
  • Oct 30, 2016Loving Things, Using People and Using God
    Oct 30, 2016
    Loving Things, Using People and Using God
    Someone once switched the order and coined the phrase, "Using People and Loving Things" to denote the upside-down way some people live. I've added "and Using God" because in Judges 17-18, we have just that - people using God's name to get whatever they want. The story of Micah's idols is strange and hard to understand unless you see in light of the whole Judges narrative - a people living apart from God and yet blind to it."05_UsingGod" from 08_Judges by G. Scott Patterson. Released: 2016. Genre: Other.
  • Oct 23, 2016Stupid Is as Stupid Does
    Oct 23, 2016
    Stupid Is as Stupid Does
    The story of Samson is fairly well known - at least the part about his hair and his strength. Have you wondered why it is in the Bible or what it has to teach us today? Samson was stupid; he had no moral character; he had no leadership skills; he flew off the handle and sought revenge on anyone he thought had wronged him; he had no restraint. (Hmmm ... sound familiar?) 
  • Oct 16, 2016Why Fitting In Is a Sin
    Oct 16, 2016
    Why Fitting In Is a Sin
    Remember the picture game, "Where's Waldo?" Well, Israel kind of started it; blending in with the Canaanites, not standing out in any way. When we desire to be just like the people of the world, we risk participating in the same sins they do."03_FittingIn" from 08_Judges by G. Scott Patterson. Released: 2016. Genre: Other.
  • Oct 9, 2016Who’s Your God?
    Oct 9, 2016
    Who’s Your God?
    Paper or plastic? (ok, maybe that's a bit dated) But still, life is FULL of choices. The Book of Judges is set just after the time when Joshua had gathered the nation together and challenged them, "Choose this day whom you will serve!" We are faced with that challenge - will we choose the Almighty God of the Bible or will we choose a god of our own making?"02_WhosYourGod" from 08_Judges by G. Scott Patterson. Released: 2016. Genre: Other.
  • Oct 2, 2016Where This Road Ends
    Oct 2, 2016
    Where This Road Ends
    1 of 6 The final story from the Book of Judges gives us a look at a nation and people who decide to do things according to their own set of rules instead of following God's.
Be sure to check out our notes for each sermon!
How Can I Get Involved?
Great question! Below you can see all the ministries that we are apart of and partner with, while learning more about who we really are.  You  may be wanting to know what you can do here on Sunday mornings, locally in our own backyard or even help out internationally by getting involved? Here you can explore how you can be a part of something bigger than yourself.  We can help you get involved in the adventure of volunteering to serve.
Our Ministries 
Here at Gaston Christian Church we support in house ministries, local ministries, and International ministries. Below is a description of some of them and where you can learn more about them. 
Our In House Ministries
Kidz  Block
What Is Kidz Block?
Kidz Block is our children’s ministry.  This is for our new-born through 5th grade kidz. We meet on Sunday mornings during both our 9:30am and 10:30 a.m. service times.  Kidz Block is led by a wonderful group of volunteers that want to help kids know Jesus better and help build each kidz faith one block at a time. 
This is a time for our kidz to get a well-rounded, age appropriate lesson on how to be a Christian. 
Our classroom’s are: 
Baby Blvd.                (New Born – 2 years old)
Lego Lane                (3yrs old – 2nd grade)
Hero Heights            (3rd grade – 5th Grade) 
The Garage 
The Garage is our High School & Middle School Ministry. We meet on Sunday mornings during our 9:30am Bible class time and 10:30am service time. The Garage exist; for students for one reason: It’s a rough time to be that age. At this age students tend to become more independent and push their own limits as they enter Middle School and High School.
Garage final test111
Worship Team Ministry 
If you are musically, vocally or A/V tech inclined, we have a praise band and tech team that leads our worship service each Sunday. 
 Women’s Ministry
Our ladies lead in many service areas, especially those that call for compassion, kindness and hospitality.  In addition they have “Fun and Fellowship” times, whether that be a craft night or a trip to a concert.
women's min 
Prime Timers
We have a “Fun and Games” group that meets once a month for our senior Citizens (or just likes to play games and have fun)!
Prayer Ministry
In addition to our prayer time on Sunday, we have a dedicated group of people who pray for those in need.  They pray for those who are on our prayer list but also accept private and personal request that people would not like to be made “public.”  We do our best to keep all things confidential by not publishing the last names of those on our prayer list (unless they are members of our church). If you have a prayer need, Please contact us and we will will pray for you.
Behind the Scenes 
Those who love flowers, gardening and around the church project are welcome to help this group keep our buildings beautiful and up to date
Behind the scenes
Local Ministries We Support
Belmont Community Organization
You can visit them and learn more by clicking HERE
Crisis Pregnancy Center of Gaston County
You can visit them and learn more by clicking HERE
IMPACT – UNCC Campus Ministry
You can visit them and learn more by clicking HERE
Mid-Atlantic Christian University
You can visit them and learn more by clicking HERE
Park Springs Christian Center
You can visit them and learn more by clicking HERE
International Ministries We Support
Haiti Active Evangelism
You can visit them and learn more by clicking HERE
International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES)
You can visit them and learn more by clicking HERE
Mercy Partners 
You can visit them and learn more by clicking HERE
Mission Services Association 
You can visit them and learn more by Clicking HERE
Our Service Times
Bible classes   starts at 9:30am
Main service starts at: 10:30am
We have classes for each major age group. We have three different Adult classes, a high school & Middle school class, a upper elementary class, lower elementary class and a toddler class.
We will sing songs (both old and new ones), pray, partake in communion and listen to a Bible-based message that relates to everyday life.  We have classes for children and youth up to grade 8 and a nursery.
Our Address & Phone Number
5339 S New Hope Rd
Belmont, NC 28012
Phone Number: 
(704) 825-8252
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