Our Vision

Multiplying Christ-Centered Communities


Our Mission

Love GOD • Love PEOPLE • Make DISCIPLES


GREAT COMMANDMENT: “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:37-39

 

GREAT COMMISSION: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you. And surely I am with
you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20

LOVE GOD

“‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.'" Jesus summed up our whole responsibilty to God with this one statement. God wants us to be in a loving relationship with him. He has made that possible through the gift of his one and only son. Our response to his love for us is to give our love back to him.

LOVE PEOPLE

"‘Love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus summed up our whole respondsibility to others through this statement. Christ gave us the church to be a community of people who know, love, and follow Jesus. Jesus tells us we express our love for him when we do acts of love to others."I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!" (Matthew 25:40 NLT)

MAKE DISCIPLES

" . . . as you are going make disciples . . . " is the core mission Jesus gave us. Everything we do as the Heath Church of Christ is focused on this purpose -- making disciples who make disciples. "One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, 'Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!' And they left their nets at once and followed him." (Mark 1:16-18 NLV)



WHAT KIND OF CHURCH IS THIS?

With so many churches to attend on Sunday morning, what is so different about the Heath Church of Christ? Heath Church of Christ and other independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, are a part of a fellowship of churches called, “The Restoration Movement.” 


The Restoration Movement finds its origin in a unique Christian unity movement that took place on the American frontier during the early 1800’s.   Early American Christian leaders, such as Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone, believed that Christian unity could be achieved by restoring the simple beliefs and practices presented in the New Testament.  Jesus prayed for such unity in John 17:21: “… that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”


The Christian Church/Church of Christ is not a formal denomination.  We are a self-governing, free body of believers—we are shepherded by elders from within our church, our elders and church board make our congregational decisions, we hire our own ministers, and we send out our own missionaries.


Historically, the convictions and ideals of Restoration churches have been conveyed, not through elaborate doctrinal statements, but through slogans.  These slogans represent the early convictions of the founders of the Restoration Movement and they continue to serve as relevant, guiding principles of faith and practice for our churches today.  Some of the slogans include: 


  • “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love.”
  • “No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible.”
  • “Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent.”
  • “We are not the only Christians, but we are Christians only.”


These slogans neatly summarize the genius of the Restoration Movement, which represents a tradition of churches who have desired to be “Simply Christian.”   This simple message of unity based on the authority of the Bible has tremendous appeal to those who are disillusioned by traditional churches who have abandoned the Word of God and have bought into a cultural mindset that says anything goes.


Rather than being Lutherans, Pentecostals, or Episcopalians, the Restoration Movement asks, “Can’t we just be Christians only?  Can’t we quit fighting over non-essential doctrines and find unity based on the core essential beliefs and practices of the Christian faith?  Can we fulfill the prayer of Jesus in John 17 by restoring and practicing simple, unadorned New Testament Christianity?” 


This is the “Restoration” plea.  This is the “Restoration” idea.  And it is really a simple idea: The unity of all Christians based on the authority of the Bible, and the Bible alone, for the purpose of mission and evangelism. The Heath Church of Christ is proud to be a part of this movement to restore the beliefs and practices of the New Testament church. We invite you to worship and serve with us.  


OUR TEAM

David Linn

Lead Minister
Preaching, Vision, Mission

David graduated from Cincinnati Christian University. He is no stranger to the Heath Church of Christ or to Central Ohio. Not only did David grow up at HCC, he and Donna have partnered with us through missions for 30 years.

Dave Mason

Associate Minister
Worship, Organization, Communication

Dave graduated from Cincinnati Christian University. Dave and his wife, Linda, have one daughter, Makenna.

Josh Davis

Student Minister
Teens, Worship


Josh graduated from Kentucky Christian University. He is married to Andrea and they have two sons, Bailey and Owen, and two daughters, Kaelyn and Morgan.

Bruce Slagle

Administrative Minister
Office, Publications, Teaching

Bruce graduated from Cincinnati Christian University. Bruce and his wife Lynn have two adult children, David and Katie.

Sandy Spence

Elementary Ministry Director

Sandy and her husband Tom have two children, Sam and Laura. Sam is a recent college graduate and Laura is currently in college.

Leann Bednarczyk

Preschool Ministry Director

Leann has been a part of the HCC family for many years. She is married to Bryce and has a dog Rocky.

Becky Dudgeon

Building Services

Becky graduated from the Ohio State University. Becky has one son, Ryan. Becky and her family have worked tirelessly to keep our building clean and welcoming for many years.

Carey Dudgeon

Building Operations

Carey oversees the maintenance of the building, making sure everything is operating efficiently and effectively. 

Jonathan Mack

Worship Tech

Jonathan oversees all technical aspects of our Sunday morning worship services, This includes overseeing volunteers and making sure things run smoothly from week to week in the media room. 

HISTORY

1962 - First Service

The Heath congregation held the first worship service on January 7, 1962 in the Kaiser Steel Workers Building on Rt. 79. Robert Knox preached in the first service with 50 people in attendance. Ray Linn began his ministry on September 16, 1962 and continued for 38 years.


1964 -First Building

In August, 1962, the congregation purchased land on Clinton Drive for the purpose of building a church. First services were held in the new building on March 1, 1964.


1971 - New Worship Addition

In July, 1967, a lot to join the church property and Route 79 was purchased by the Heath Church of Christ. Three years later, construction began on a new worship building. The original worship building was converted into an Educational Building. First services were held in the building on June 27, 1971. Double worship services began in 1995. As the church continued to grow, a favorable vote was taken on October 19, 1997 to purchase 28.218 acres of land from Kaiser Aluminum. 


On March 25, 2001 Ray Linn retired after 38 years of faithful service to the Heath Church of Christ. Dave Mason, who had served as Ray’s assistant for 14 years, stepped in as the preaching minister.


2004 - New Location

Ground breaking on our current building took place on May 18, 2003. The first morning worship service was held at 1331 Chapel Way, November 14, 2004. After nearly 5 years of service as preaching minister, Dave Mason shifted his ministry emphasis at Heath to worship and involvement.


In late Summer of 2007, the Heath congregation called Greg Robbins to serve as the preaching minister.


On February 22, 2016, David Linn was called to be the preaching minister. With David Linn, Greg Robbins, Dave Mason, Josh Davis and Bruce Slagle work together on the ministry staff, working in their areas of giftedness.