SHARE JESUS. GROW DISCIPLES. SERVE OTHERS..
Thank you for checking out our website! If you’re looking for a church home, we’d love to have you join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM. We are confident that you’ll find friendly people, relevant worship & preaching, and plenty of exciting opportunities for all ages. If you want to serve others, you can get involved in various outreach ministries through Mt. Zion, locally and even world-wide. You can grow your faith and meet new friends by joining a small group. If you have children, they’ll love our AWANA ministry (toddlers-grade 5) or RENU Youth, our student ministry (grades 6-12) on Wednesday nights. If you have any questions about Mt. Zion, please feel free to call the Church Office at (937) 426.0814 or email info@mountzionchurch.org.
 

OUR PASTOR

RICK CRYDER
INTERIM SENIOR PASTOR
 
Pastor Rick had the privilege of growing up on a beautiful 175-acre farm near Chillicothe, Ohio. Living in this rustic setting sensitized him to the glory of God showcased in creation. This love for nature led him to study Zoology at The Ohio State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1975.

While a student at The Ohio State University, Rick met his lovely wife Diane and they were married in 1976. They have four children and eight grandchildren. He still closely follows the Buckeye football and basketball teams.

Pastor Rick answered God’s call to become a pastor and acquired a Master of Divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity
Evangelical Divinity School. His ordination credentials are with the Evangelical Free Church of America.

For twenty-seven years Rick was lead pastor of three churches ranging in size
from 100-700 in attendance and located in Indiana, Illinois and New Jersey.

In 2012, Rick joined the staff of Interim Pastor Ministries (IPM), an organization that
supplies interim pastors to churches in various kinds of transition. Rick enjoys
this ministry very much and has served six churches in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brussels, Belgium, St Louis, Missouri, Bellefontaine, Ohio, Shanghai, China, and Lake Villa, Illinois.

Pastor Rick and Diane love to take walks together and bike while talking and admiring God’s castle of wonders in creation. They also love to exercise, garden, read and keep in touch with many friends and family members. In between interim pastor assignments they enjoy their home in the country near Oxford, Ohio.

OUR BELIEFS

THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, inerrant, eternal, infallible and authoritative Word of God.
 
THE TRINITY
We believe in one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each has distinct personality, responsibility and function, but they are equally perfect and divine.
 
GOD THE FATHER
We believe the Father is the ultimate source of all things, who calls people to become His sons and daughters through spiritual birth by faith in His Son, Jesus. We believe He forgives the sins of those who trust in Christ, and that He hears and answers prayers.
 
GOD THE SON
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His bodily ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His future bodily return in power and glory.
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit. We believe that His role since Pentecost is to reveal Christ, to convict the world of sin, righteousness and future judgment, and to be the Restrainer of the evil one. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates and indwells all believers, preserving them in Christ for eternity, and empowering them for service and godly living. We believe He produces spiritual fruit, bestows spiritual gifts for service, and teaches us all things pertaining to Christ.
 
SALVATION
We believe salvation is offered to sinful man through the shed blood and redemptive work of Christ. It is received by grace, through faith, and without human merit or achievement. We believe that repentance and a personal trust in Christ are required for salvation, and that once this gift is received by faith a Christian is eternally secured as a child of God.

OUR VALUES

WE VALUE BEING A BIBLICAL CHURCH
We will use the Bible as our textbook and foundation for preaching, teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that disciples will not only know His Word, but do what it says.
 
WE VALUE BEING A GREAT COMMANDMENT CHURCH
We will love the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves by pursuing relationships with God and others.
 
WE VALUE BEING A GREAT COMMISSION CHURCH
We will be witnesses to all people we encounter, teaching them through word and deed to obey the commands of Jesus Christ.
 
WE VALUE BEING AN EQUIPPING CHURCH
We will provide Bible-centered training to equip believers to do works of service and to share their faith in a confident and bold manner.
 
WE VALUE BEING A PRAYING CHURCH
We will pray to God individually and corporately, seeking His will in all situations with praise, thanksgiving, and petitions.
 
WE VALUE BEING A SPIRIT-EMPOWERED CHURCH
We will expect the Holy Spirit to give each believer gifts as He chooses to be used to bring unity to the Body of Christ.
 
WE VALUE BEING A SERVING CHURCH
We will teach our congregants to give sacrificially of their time, money and service to minister to both believers and non-believers.

OUR CHURCH