At Wilderness Community Church, we are committed to seek out all people who do not know salvation and share with them the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are committed to assisting all of our members and guests in growing in an everlasting relationship with God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and with one another.
Matthew 22:37-39; Matthew 28:19-20
Wilderness Community Church adheres to the guidelines and expectations as set forth in the 2016 Book of Discipline.
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WILDERNESS COMMUNITY CHURCH
A United Methodist Fellowship
A Church Where God Transforms People
At Wilderness Community Church:
We see God gathering all people who are free to come as they are to experience a Biblically-based community that believes the Bible is the living, true, and enduring Word of God. (Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; Luke 1:37, 11:28; Galatians 6:21; Peter 1:23, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 12:28, 13:8)
- We see God raising up a community of 2,000 members committed to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and His amazing love.
(Psalms 40:10; Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 4:23, 22:37; Luke 4:43; John 1:17, 8:42, 14:23; Acts 8:35; 2 Corinthians 9:13; Galatians 5:6; 1 John 3:16, 3:23, 5:1)
- We see God enabling each individual to grow toward spiritual maturity by helping them discover their God-given gifts.
(Numbers 18:29; Isaiah 48:7; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10)
- We see God sending believers to be His disciples into our local area and the world, transforming their homes & communities with the love of God as expressed in Jesus Christ.
(Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 4:19, 28:19, Mark 1:17; Romans 12:2)
- We see God growing each member to be more and more like Christ so they are encouraged and desire to participate in the ministries of the church for the benefit of God’s Kingdom.
(Ephesians 1:22, 4:15)
WILDERNESS COMMUNITY CHURCH
A United Methodist Fellowship
A Church Where God Transforms People
Our Core Values
The membership of Wilderness Community Church is diverse. We each have unique personalities and individual preferences that are gifts from God. However, we affirm that Jesus Christ has called us to a unity around certain central values which define who we are as a portion of the universal church. These core values determine how we represent Jesus Christ to our community and how we serve one another within our church family.
- We are Christ-centered and purpose driven. We are followers of Jesus Christ. As believers, we are striving to make Jesus Christ central in our lives. He is Lord of the Church, and it is around Him that our vision, values, priorities, practices and goals revolve. Although Jesus commands us to be perfect (complete), none of us at Wilderness Community Church have arrived. We are in process, maturing only as we yield ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We are committed to having the purposes of God determine the direction of Wilderness Community Church. We will seek the Lord with all our heart and soul. Our actions will be marked by intentionality.
(Deuteronomy 12:5; Judges 20:27; 2 Kings 19:1; 1 Chronicles 16:11, 22:19, 28:9; 2 Chronicles 14:4, 15:2, 15:12-13, 20:4; Psalm 14:2, 22:26, 27:4, 105:4; Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 15:5; Ephesians 1:1)
- We value all people! God values people so much that He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to us. Jesus told of the rejoicing which occurs in heaven when one person comes to salvation. No one is beyond the grace offered to us in Jesus Christ. Because all people matter to God, they all should matter to us. At Wilderness Community Church, we are unwilling that any person should miss an opportunity to hear the good news of what God has done for each of us in Jesus Christ. Every human being is created in God's image, is intended to have a relationship with God and is to live for God's purposes in the world. We will orient our church and our individual lives so as to give every person an opportunity to encounter and respond to Jesus. We seek to build authentic relationships and friendships with those who don't know Jesus yet. Because we value people, the needs, concerns and issues which are important to people are important to us. We seek to provide ministries which will communicate the good news of Jesus Christ in contemporary, caring, creative and credible ways in a non-threatening environment of openness and unconditional love.
(Genesis 1:27; John 3:16-17; Acts 10:36; Romans 5:10; 1 Corinthians 11:17, 15:28; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; 1 Timothy 2:6; 2 Timothy 2:8; Galatians 1:4)
- We value community and relationships! Like our God, we are social beings with a need for community. The Christian life is lived out with people. Trusting relationships allow us to know one another deeply and to be known. We only truly experience the reality of Jesus Christ as we are in community with others who are seeking to know Him. There are no lone ranger Christians. At Wilderness Community Church, we intentionally cultivate a sense of community-being a family - through both our public worship celebrations and our small group ministries, Loving relationships should be evident in every area of our church's life, Personal relationships are more important to us than organizational structure.
(Genesis 5:24; Psalm 55:14; Zephaniah 3:9; Acts 2:46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 John 2:25)
- We value truth! The Apostle Paul, writing to his disciple Timothy, declared, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do." 2 Timothy 3:16-17. We affirm and stand fast on God's revealed truth - the Bible -- as our moral standard and guide for living. Our worship and ministries will emphasize personal, practical and positive application of God's Word to our unique life situations. We spread God's word with the absolute confidence that it will produce life.
(Matthew 5:18; Mark 4:26-29; Luke 12:8; Romans 1:18, 2:20; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 6:7, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 6:14; Colossians 1:6, 23; 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 John 2:4, 5:6).
- We value integrity and authenticity! Genuine faith is essential to the spiritual health of people and effectiveness in our mission. Spiritual authenticity means we are people who relate to God sincerely and openly. It means we strive to live with integrity as Jesus. would. We seek to pray, obey the teachings of Jesus, and love God completely. It means we respond to each other with love, openness, honesty and forgiveness.
(Psalm 130:4; Matthew 6:14-15, 18:21-22, 26:28; Mark 11:25, Luke 1:77, 23:34; Acts 13:38; 2 Corinthians 13:5, Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13; 1 Timothy 1:5, 1 Peter 1:7; 1 John 1:9, 4:17)
- We value relevance! God has raised up Wilderness Community Church in a particular setting. The good news of Jesus Christ is timeless and universal in its appeal. Yet, the presentation of that good news always occurs in a vessel which understands the culture which is being impacted for Jesus Christ. In order for us to be true to the good news that has been entrusted to us, we must be flexible in the cultural presentation of that message. As the Apostle Paul declared to the Corinthian Church, "I have become a servant of everyone so that I can bring them to Christ. ... I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them Christ. I do all this to spread the Good News...." 1 Corinthians 9:19, 22-23. Our objective is to build bridges of communication to the culture around us. We will reflect our commitment to being relevant through worship (music, drama and preaching) which is contemporary and popular in its style. Our goal is to develop an atmosphere of ease to speak, act, and dress in ways in which the culture in which we have been called to serve can readily respond positively. We will never compromise the integrity of the message we have been entrusted to deliver, but we will always regard the method of delivery as neg
(Genesis 24:26; Deuteronomy 12:4; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Job 8:20; Psalm 25:21, 26:1, 29:2, 111:8, 119:1; Proverbs 10:9, 11:20, 20:7; John 4:24; Romans 9:4, 12:1; Hebrews 12:28;)
- We value innovation! We live in a constantly changing, complex world. Our culture is a mission field of opportunity. We expect every member of Wilderness Community Church to be constantly discovering new solutions to changing circumstances. We are willing to be risk-takers with the possibility of success or failure. We stand ready to make changes at any time in order to fulfill our purpose in the Kingdom of God.
- We value excellence! We set the highest standards for everything we do. We encourage open evaluation, support, encouragement and challenge. We believe excellence honors. God and inspires others.
(Philippians 4:8; 2 Peter 1:3-5)
- We value compassion! The Church is much like a caring family that values community, informality, spontaneity, freedom of expression, humor, fun, commitment and loyalty. Wilderness Community Church is a place where you can be real, be accepted, find healing and wholeness, and enjoy life as God intended. We will gather up the wounded, help them to their feet, and walk with them.
- We value celebration! The Church should be the most alive place people can be. After all Jesus said that He came to give life in all its fullness. We come together to worship - celebrating God's goodness and faithfulness in our lives. We need encouragement, teaching, the opportunity to give of our resources and a sense of God's dynamic presence in our midst as we come before Him.
- We value commitment! At the heart of the Christian life is commitment. Full devotion to Christ and His cause is normal for every believer. Being a member of Wilderness Community Church is not a spectator sport. Members must complete membership training and be committed to grow to maturity in Christ. In a generation that avoids commitments, we encourage members to make and keep reasonable commitments to God, to His church and to people.
(Psalm 31:5; Joshua 24:14; Mark 8:35; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 1 Peter 4:19)
- We value small groups! Small groups are the greatest avenue for transforming lives, building healthy relationships, and caring for one another. Jesus invested His life in the lives of a small group of people. Small group ministry, prayer and mentoring are means by which the Holy Spirit makes disciples. What we receive from God is always matured, tested, developed and applied in relationship with others.
(Psalm 133; Hebrews 10:24-25; Matthew 18:20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 14:26)
- We value ministry and mission! God has a purpose - a calling -- for every believer. At Wilderness Community Church, every member is a minister. There are no volunteers in the church. As Jesus came to serve us, He calls us to serve one another and to serve those who as yet do not have a relationship with Him. We seek to help each follower of Christ to discern their God-given SHAPE (Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experience) for ministry and to lead, equip, and mobilize our membership to be actively involved in ministry. We value the time people give serving in ministry and want their service to be meaningful and fulfilling of God's purposes in their lives. No one fills a slot at Wilderness Community Church. We are committed to ministry, not meetings.
(1 Chronicles 16:23; Psalm 96:3; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 13:47; Mark 16:15)
- We value growth! The very essence of a living organism is its ability to grow. When an organism ceases to grow, it is dead. Wilderness Community Church will encourage its members to grow - physically, emotionally and spiritually. Likewise, Wilderness Community Church will grow – numerically and in its vibrancy as a spiritual community.
(Isaiah 54:2-3; Psalm 92:12-14; 1 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 6:1; 1 Peter 2:2-3)
My name is Brad Phillips and I am the new pastor here at Wilderness Community Church. I am originally from Ohio. I grew up living in many places because my father
was military including Southeast Asia. I went to high school in Staunton, Virginia. I
graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geology in 1974. I graduated from
Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, VA, in 1982.
I have served in ministry for 45 years serving churches across Virginia. I served
mostly in Tidewater Virginia. Part of that time I was a District Superintendent in
the Norfolk area. I retired in 2017. In retirement, I recently finished a two-year
appointment at Liberty Church in Bealeton, Va. Before that I served as an interim
pastor at Wilderness Church. Kay and I have two children and five grandchildren.
The oldest Hailey will go to college at Towson State in Baltimore. The others are
15, 13, 11, and 9.
David Hayes, Director of Music Ministries.
For as long as I can remember, music has been a huge part of my life. My father is a retired Baptist Minister of Music, and early on, I began to appreciate the great music of the church in its many forms. I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior when I was 9 years old.
I have been involved with a variety of musical groups, including large choirs, gospel quartets, contemporary praise ensembles, Christian contemporary/Praise & Worship bands, and orchestras (trombone), to name a few. I have also participated in a variety of church drama productions. While I sometimes dreamed of following in my father’s footsteps, I ended up pursuing a career in Computer Science instead. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1986. I then moved to Fredericksburg, where I worked for Computer Sciences Corporation in Dahlgren for 27 years as a Computer Analyst. Since 2013 I have held a full-time position as a scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren.
Cindy and I have been attending the church since 2001. I soon joined the music team, and in 2004, God opened the door for me to follow in my father’s footsteps, and I joined the staff of Wilderness Community Church on a part-time basis as Music Director. In 2008, Cindy and I were married, and between us, we have 4 adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and two cats.
My desire is to see people drawn into a closer relationship with God, and music is a powerful tool that God can use to open a door in the heart of the listener. Music has the ability to penetrate to the depth of our souls and to facilitate worship. Music has the power to bring the mind, body, and spirit in unison as we reach out to God. Most importantly, music has the ability to effectively confront us with God’s eternal truth. I am committed to helping others experience authentic worship of God through music. I am so thankful to God for the wonderful opportunity to serve Him through the music ministry of Wilderness Community Church.
If you sing or play an instrument, or have an interest in working with a children’s choir, please let me know! We have a place for you!
Please contact David through the office phone or email
Amy Gearhardt, Director of Communications and Youth Ministry
540-972-8808 - Office
My name is Amy Gearhardt. I met Jesus as a young child, wanting to belong to that gentle man who would help me be good and would forgive me. I grew up in the Salvation Army, my parents being my pastors from 6th grade on.
My husband of over 25 years, Ben, and I have been calling WCC home since we moved here in 2008. We moved all over the place (17 addresses!) before settling in the beautiful Spotsylvania countryside. We have four fabulous children. Wesley, Jacob, Nathan, and Abigail. We also have a gorgeous chocolate lab named Legacy. I have homeschooled our children since 2010, graduating Wesley and Jacob in 2019. My hopes as a young lady were to be a wife, a mom, and a teacher…I am living my dream life!
I have served as a volunteer since 2010 in various ministries. I started with crocheting with our Prayer Shawl team and singing on the Worship Team. I quickly became part of the youth ministry as my children aged into the program. I have led and participated in numerous small groups and continue to serve as a volunteer in our youth ministry. My heart is for young people to meet Christ and to see the unique creation He has designed in each of them. I love serving with the youth, along with Ben. We love serving together!
I joined the staff here at WCC in 2018 and have evolved in my work as we learn and grow. I am responsible for the communications that come from the church to the congregation, the community, and the public. I help the Production Team in our weekly live-streaming and provide staff support along with our Director of Music. I also serve as the staff liaison to all things youth and children related, providing support and resources to our amazing volunteers who serve these different ministries. I also continue to serve on the Worship Team, the Handbells, Youth Ministry, and Women’s Ministry teams as a volunteer. I am grateful to have this opportunity to serve the Lord through the ministries of Wilderness.
Lisa LaCasse, Ministry Resources and Facility Administrator
I have loved Wilderness Community Church & it's people since I started attending in 2003. WCC has become so much more than a place to go and worship for me. The people here at WCC are like family!
I have been married to my husband Michael since 1994 and have 3 amazing children who have grown up in this church. Over the years, I have been blessed to serve and participate in many ways. I was on the Leadership Board for 3 years and served as the Chair for 2 of those years. I have served on the Nursery Team, Extreme Youth, Wilderness Outreach Missions, have led many small group Bible studies for well over a decade as well as serving in multiple other ways.
My passion is learning and growing in my relationship with the Lord! I am a proud small group Bible study junkie! My other passion has been for Missions and I have served on numerous mission trips locally, in other states, and internationally. I was blessed to have been offered the opportunity to officially work at the church in 2018.
I love the Lord with all my heart and it is my life’s mission to encourage others in their walk and point people to Jesus through all I do, whether that be through leading my small group - “Walking by Faith”, interacting with others on the job at church, or just life in general. Jesus changed my life and gave me purpose so I now devote my life to serving Him!
Here at WCC, I am the greeter by phone and in person, I oversee Compassion needs for those seeking assistance, I work alongside the Trustees to address facility issues and maintain the church, I oversee church calendar requests, and provide overall assistance in a variety of ways. If I haven’t officially met you, please introduce yourselves and I’d be delighted to get to know you!
Lisa Tucker, Financial Administrator
My husband Bruce and I began attending WCC with our children in 2001. Together we have five children, one grandbaby and five fur babies. I have been homeschooling since 2013. I love being a wife, mom and Mimi! I enjoy serving in the church with my husband, as well as sewing, reading, history and traveling, but most of all, spending time with family! I love the Lord & daily strive to serve Him & accomplish His purposes for my life and our family.
My desire is for our church to be a catalyst in reaching the hearts and touching the lives of those in our community. My passion is serving and getting to know others. Over the years, I have served on various ministries, helped start the Wilderness Outreach Missions ministry along with the food pantry, and participated in several mission trips and small groups. The relationships I have formed over the past twenty years at WCC have meant so much to me!
In 2003 I joined the staff as the Office Manager & left for 2 years then joyfully returned part-time in January 2019 as the Finance Administrator. I am responsible for the day-to-day finances of the church. I am happy to use my gifts and talents to serve the Lord through WCC.