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The Church  What is the church of Christ?
Visitors  What to expect when you visit with us
Leadership  Elders and deacons
Support  Supporting the preaching of the Gospel in other places
Directions  Directions and map

What is the church of Christ?
           We are often asked: "What particular denomination do you worship with, and what doctrine do you follow?" We take a non-sectarian approach to the Bible with a desire only to let the Scriptures speak for themselves. We can honestly say that we do not advocate any denominational creed or any systematic theology. Our doctrine is simply the result of our own personal studies of God's Word, and is offered with a plea for you to apply "The Berean Test" (Acts17:11) as you examine our words.
          We are simply Christians, disciples of Jesus Christ, and members of the Lord's body, the church, as one reads about in the New Testament. In view of our Lord's prayer for unity (John 17:20-21), and Paul's condemnation of division (1Corinthians 1:10-13), we disdain denominational distinctions and all forms of sectarianism. We are blessed to worship with individuals who are likewise trying to be simply Christians.
          Using the New Testament as our authority in matters pertaining to the work, worship, and organization of the local church, we are an independent, self-governing church, and are totally non-denominational. We have no written creed (other than the Bible), and are constantly engaging in Bible study, fine-tuning our understanding and practice to what we learn from the Scriptures.
          Frequently referred to as "churches of Christ" (Romans 16:16), we are not to be confused with any denomination that might be known as the "Church of Christ" (especially those that identify themselves as the "International Church of Christ," United Churches of Christ, or Independent Christian Churches). With the religiously divided state of our society, we know many may find it hard to believe that one can be "a Christian only". It is not easy, but we believe it is possible and, from the Lord's viewpoint, desirable.
          Therefore, we say that we are neither Jewish, Catholic, nor Protestant; we are Christians only. We are not Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, or members of any cult that believes in latter day revelations. We believe that God has spoken fully and completely through His Son Jesus Christ and His apostles and prophets whose words are contained in the Bible. This statement reflects our faith. We hope this helps to answer questions you may have. If you want to know more, contact us and ask; we are Christians, and love to discuss the faith.

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What to expect when you visit with us

A warm welcome
          Our desire is that you will find us to be a loving family of God's children, who keep the Lord in our hearts and manifested in our lives. We hope you find visiting with us to be an uplifting experience, our members to be friendly, and everything that is said and done to be only what would be pleasing and acceptable to our Heavenly Father. Our goal is to present the word of God in its purity and simplicity
          The members here at Tomlinson Run look forward to the opportunity to meet you. Please visit linger a few minutes after services so that we might introduce ourselves.
          We do not pretend to have all the answers, but we do believe with all our hearts that all things pertaining to life and godliness have been revealed to us in the word of God (2Peter 1:3). We also believe that we must search the scriptures daily as the people of Berea did in the first century (Acts 17:11). Our purpose is to be pleasing in the sight of God. We hope you have the same intent.
          Many people hesitate to visit a church unless they know what it will be like when they do. Perhaps we can help you know what to expect when you visit.

What not to expect:
          Don't expect to be embarrassed. You will be among us as a welcome and respected guest. You will be greeted with kindness and courtesy. There will be nothing to make you wish you hadn't come, or make you feel out of place.
          Don't expect to be entertained. We offer no bands or talent exhibitions. No refreshments will be served. Our purpose is to worship God in the way He has directed in scripture. Perhaps you will hear passages read or truths preached that you are familiar with. We encourage you to open your Bible and take notes and ask any questions that may come from our studies together.
          Don't expect to be asked for money. The church depends exclusively on the freewill offerings of local members for financial support.

What to expect:
          Expect the worship to be simple and devout. Since our purpose is to be governed in all acts of worship by the Bible alone, our worship consists of only those elements which were part of the worship of the early church. We sing spiritual songs, pray often, partake of the Lord's Supper each Sunday, teach God's Word in sermons, and give as we have been prospered. We seek to maintain the attitude Christ enjoined when He said, "God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
           Expect congregational singing. Our singing, to many visitors the most inspirational part of the worship, deserves a special word. Since the New Testament instructs Christians to sing in worship, (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16), we encourage everyone to sing. You will probably be familiar with most of the hymns and are invited to join with us in the singing. Our visitors are often pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and spiritually stirring it is when, unaided by mechanical instruments, all worshippers sing in praise of God.
          Expect to find Christians only. We wear no distinctive name that would divide Bible believers. We submit to no religious authority other than the inspired scriptures. Thus, by following only the teachings of Christ and His Apostles, we are simply Christians (Acts 11:26), just as His disciples were in the first century. Now that you know us better, we hope you will visit on every occasion you possibly can.

We care about you:
          Maybe you have wondered if anybody cares about anyone else anymore. Our world can seem rather cold at times. Even family and friends can become preoccupied to the point where it may seem they have little concern about us. Please know that as Christians, We do care about you.
          We care about your struggles. If there is anything we all have in common, it has to be trials. Sometimes they are overwhelming, at other times merely irritating, but they seem always to be with us. There are occasions when we see no solution. It is then that we need others to help us cope. We believe the church is a family that looks out for the interests of all of its members. The Bible teaches, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal. 6:2). No, we can't solve all your problems, but we can listen, encourage you, and help you to find answers in Christ. We care enough to try.
          We care about your friendship. Back in the "good-ole-days" people knew their neighbors and visited together, but it is different now. Many feel deep loneliness, but it doesn't have to be that way. The finest friends you will ever have are committed Christians. Come visit with us and feel the warmth; it's genuine.
          We care about your relationship with God's word. Many religious people place so little emphasis on God's word. We believe that it is not just inspired and infallible, but also practical and personally instructive. That's why it is the only foundation of all our teaching. We claim no creed but the Bible. Come and listen to our Bible teaching in classes and in sermons. We care enough about you to help you grow in your knowledge of God and His word.
          We care about you becoming a Christian. You no doubt have wondered about the many names worn by religious people. We wear the name given by God at Antioch (Acts 11:26). Wouldn't it be grand if all were content to be just Christians? We are determined to be "Christians only" without prefix or suffix, and we would want the same for you.
          Most importantly, we care about your soul. We are vitally concerned about souls -- yours and ours. Jesus asked the question, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" (Matt. 16:26) We will always encourage you to become a fellow seeker of the eternal home of the soul.
           If you are really looking for a church that cares about you and your salvation, we pray that you will come often and consider our plea to be just Christians. Be prepared to search the word of God with us for answers. We truly believe that you will find what you are looking for.

Our Bible classes:
          Bible teaching means little unless it opens the student's mind. It doesn't do much good to just get the facts -- we must learn how to make the applications. To be certain that each member gets both the facts and the applications, the church at Tomlinson Run recognizes the importance of setting high standards for our Bible Classes. We provide classes for all age groups each Sunday morning at 9:30am and again on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. These classes are held for about 45 minutes. Talented, conscientious teachers direct students in Bible studies monitored and reviewed semi-annually by the elders.
          All students are taught respect for God and His word. We have a curriculum for our young people that is designed to teach the Bible from cover to cover and to make applications with each lesson. They are encouraged to participate in all of the classes and help involve others in these studies. It is the firm conviction of the elders that our teaching program is an essential part of our work in the Lord's church at Tomlinson Run.

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The Tomlinson Run church of Christ is scripturally organized with qualified elders and deacons.

Elders: Joseph Blake, Ronald Hennen, Gary L. Berdine, Paul R. Blake

Deacons: Paul B. Blake, David Dulaney, Sr., Kenneth J. Fleeman, Adam Berdine, Heath Baker, Steve Gorby, Jeff Rhodes

Evangelist: Paul R. Blake

To correspond with one of the elders or deacons by email, please see the contact us page.

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 The disciples here at Tomlinson Run are happy to help support preachers of the Gospel in other places.

Ruben Colop Sacche working with the Urbina church of Christ in Cantel, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala -- email:

Jeremy Diestelkamp working with the East End church of Christ in Toronto, Canada -- email:

Ethan Longhenry working with the Venice church of Christ in Los Angeles, CA -- email:

Joe Hamm working with the church of Christ in Upper Darby, near Philadelphia, PA -- Email

Joel Williams working with the church of Christ in Eshowe, South Africa -- email:

           In addition, for several years a number of our men have been invited by neighboring congregations to preach for them by appointment on a weekly basis:
     - Heath Baker,
     - Ken Fleeman,
     - Zack Rhodes
     - Theron Smith,
And several others, who from time to time, have been invited by these congregations:
     - Charles Street church of Christ, Wellsburg, WV
     - New Cumberland Heights church of Christ, New Cumberland, WV
          This activity is not overseen by the elders here at Tomlinson Run. The arrangements are entirely between these men and neighboring congregations; however, it is strongly encouraged by everyone here.
          The Lord’s church at Tomlinson Run is very serious about the work of preaching the Gospel. As we have the resources, we are eager to support the preaching of the gospel in other places, both in the USA and overseas. Furthermore, we strongly believe in teaching and encouraging men from their youth to prepare themselves to preach the gospel, to teach Bible classes, and to develop qualities and skills that will help them to become deacons and elders when they mature.

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  Directions and Map  
             From PA State Route 30, take Route 168 south one and a quarter miles to Tomlinson Run Church Road. Turn right (west) just beyond the Mill Creek Cemetery. The church building is located one mile on the left.
........From Route 22 take the Burgettstown exit and turn north on Route 18 toward Florence. Take Route 18 to Frankfort Springs (four miles) to Route 168 north; turn left. Take Route 168 north to Tomlinson Run Church Road (six and a half miles); turn left. The church building is located one mile on the left.
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  341 Tomlinson Run Church Road
Georgetown, PA 15043
Phone: 724-573-4144