About Highway Chapel

Highway Chapel

Vision:  To see Christ’s power made perfect in weakness in Dunnville. (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

Mission: To grow by God’s Grace Beyond Brokenness. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) 

History:

Welcome to the Highway Chapel.  Carson Culp Sr. wasn’t an ordained minister in 1987 when God called him to renovate the dilapidated building once known as the McIntee Church, built in 1888.  It was the church of his childhood and the place where his mother once played the organ.  He was of poor health at the time but looking back it was clear that God was going to make His strength evident in weakness through Carson Sr.  

Not only did the building get a makeover, but in 1992 Carson Sr. became the Pastor of the church known to be “Small in size but big in love.”  It was of no surprise to God that many of the people who once danced to Carson Sr.’s music in bars and dance halls, found a church home at what came to be known as the Highway Chapel.  The church grew and became known for its many musicians and country gospel music. 

In January of 2013, Carson’s wife of 62 years, Eleanor, suffered a debilitating stroke. In the summer of 2013, Rev. Carson Culp Sr. and Rev. Carson Culp Jr. proposed a summer experiment that included altering the time of Sunday services in two congregations so that Rev. Carson Culp Jr. could be present at both churches each week.  Eleanor died on Feb. 18th, 2014.  Twelve weeks later, Carson Sr. also suffered a stroke.  He died on Feb 27, 2015.  The Highway Chapel entered into a formal pastoral share agreement with Christ Community Church of Welland, with Pastor Carson Culp Jr. leading both congregations.   

Core Values:

Genuine

We value the need for authenticity and we seek to be open and trustworthy in all things.

Caring

We value and accept people as they are and help them grow with us to maturity in Christ.

Transformation

We value reliance upon the Word of God and the work of the Holy Spirit to change people from the inside-out.

 Prayerful

We value two way fellowship and communication with God in order to know how to adjust our lives to Him.

Mission

We value the worship of God through service.

We believe…

The Bible is the inspired Word of God.  It is the ultimate and final authority in the life of the Church.  It contains all we need for salvation.

In a Triune God- God in three person: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit

Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is our Lord and Saviour.

Without God we are lost- we have no lasting meaning to life, no hope, and we are unable to meet His standards.

Jesus Christ became a man, died on the cross on our behalf, was buried, raised from the dead, and ascended to Heaven where He reigns and intercedes for us.

Jesus Christ will return to gather those who believe and punish those who do not.

Whoever believes in Jesus shall not perish but have eternal life.  He is the only way to salvation.

The Holy Spirit dwells in all believers, to whom are given spiritual gifts for ministry.

Jesus is the Head of the church and we are to worship God and proclaim Him.

As a response to God’s love, we are to live according to God’s Word.  To obey His laws.  To love Him and one another, not out of fear, but out of gratitude.

The Lord’s Supper and Baptism are Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ.  They are visible signs of God’s invisible grace.

All who are members of a church have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour are invited to the Lord’s table.  (We celebrate communion monthly.)

Children of believers are part of God’s promises through their parent’s faith until they either accept or reject Christ for themselves.  As a sign of God’s promise, we baptize infants.

God is Sovereign. He is a God who heals us and sustains us.  He is our ever-present help.  His healing and love are not based on our actions, but on His.  We do not always understand His ways, but we continue to trust Him.

We Are…

A PLACE TO WORSHIP

Where we can withdraw from the busy activities of the week to worship God in silent meditation and joyful praise in a country gospel style. 

A PLACE TO BELONG

We belong to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ and to His Church.  We encourage one another, meet the needs of one another, and enjoy our shared faith as we fellowship and worship together.  We study God’s Word in Bible studies and Sunday School.  We share the love of God with one another.

A PLACE TO GROW AND REACH OUT

We have a vision to grow in faith and in number.  We nurture our faith so that we can share it with others.  We have a social worker, community care and outreach programs.  We seek ways of sharing God’s love in the community by word and by our actions.

GOD’S LOVE IS FELT AT THE CHAPEL. 

 

CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH OF WELLAND