Who We Are

Our Mission

To cultivate a culture where people are empowered to reach their God-given potential

Community

We are a community of believers who value every individual equally regardless of their current status or background

Maturity

We are committed to equipping every believer, enabling them to reach their full potential in Christ

Service

We are committed to serving the body of believers and our community with the word and the works of the Gospel

Community

Maturity

Service

Our Mission

To cultivate a culture where people are empowered to reach their God-given potential

Community

Maturity

Service

Community

We are a community of believers who value every individual equally regardless of their current status or background

Maturity

We are committed to serving the body of believers and our community with the word and the works of the Gospel

Service

We are committed to equipping every believer, enabling them to reach their full potential in Christ

Our Team

Mark Lantz

Senior Pastor
Dr. Lantz and and his wife Crystal have served in ministry since 1991 and have served as Senior Pastor of Christian Center since 2009. Dr. Lantz is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential in Christ through practical teaching and encouragement. He and Crystal are the proud parents of four children.

Scott Phenis

Executive Pastor
Scott and his wife Dee have been involved in ministry since 1997. Scott answered the call of God on his life when he was burdened for the youth of his church. They are the parents of three children: Chantel, Josh, and Breanna.

Stacy McGinnis

Executive Secretary
Stacy McGinnis and her husband Michael previously served as senior pastors for five years and as associate pastors in various capacities for an additional twelve years. They and their four children have a passion for God and for the growth of his people, and enjoy teaching and leading the body of Christ to become more intimate with God and to strengthen the workmanship within the church itself.

Our Team

Mark Lantz

Senior Pastor

Scott Phenis

Executive Pastor

Stacy McGinnis

Executive Secretary

Tyler Rhodes

Youth and Young Adult Pastor

Spencer Davis

CKids Children's Ministry Director

Gary Shepherdson

Connections Pastor
Dr. Lantz and and his wife Crystal have served in ministry for 27 years and have served as Senior Pastor of Christian Center for the past 10 years. Dr. Lantz is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential in Christ through practical teaching and encouragement. He and Crystal are the proud parents of four children.
Scott and his wife Dee have been involved in ministry for 23 years. Scott answered the call of God on his life in 1997 when he was burdened for the youth of his church. They are the parents of three children: Chantel, Josh, and Breanna.
Tyler and his wife Dentyne oversee Impact Student Ministries, and are dedicated to seeing God transform the young people of this area and to see their lives marked by holy love. They are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Parker Joy in March of 2020!
Spencer was living in Florida when God called him to full-time ministry. He has passionately led the CKids Ministry at Christian Center for over three years with his wife, Taelor, and two sons, Reis and Riley, close by his side. Spencer is committed to leading the children of Christian Center to a deeper understanding of just how much God loves them.

Tom Ward

Worship Leader

Wesley Lantz

Media Coordinator
Dr. Lantz and and his wife Crystal have served in ministry for 27 years and have served as Senior Pastor of Christian Center for the past 10 years. Dr. Lantz is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential in Christ through practical teaching and encouragement. He and Crystal are the proud parents of four children.
Scott and his wife Dee have been involved in ministry for 23 years. Scott answered the call of God on his life in 1997 when he was burdened for the youth of his church. They are the parents of three children: Chantel, Josh, and Breanna.
Tyler and his wife Dentyne oversee Impact Student Ministries, and are dedicated to seeing God transform the young people of this area and to see their lives marked by holy love. They are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Parker Joy in March of 2020!
Spencer was living in Florida when God called him to full-time ministry. He has passionately led the CKids Ministry at Christian Center for over three years with his wife, Taelor, and two sons, Reis and Riley, close by his side. Spencer is committed to leading the children of Christian Center to a deeper understanding of just how much God loves them.

Tyler Rhodes

Youth and Young Adult Pastor
Tyler and his wife Dentyne oversee Impact Student Ministries, and are dedicated to seeing God transform the young people of this area and to see their lives marked by holy love. They are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Parker Joy in March of 2020!

Spencer Davis

CKids Children's Ministry Director
Spencer was living in Florida when God called him to full-time ministry. He has passionately led the CKids Ministry at Christian Center for over three years with his wife, Taelor, and two sons, Reis and Riley, close by his side. Spencer is committed to leading the children of Christian Center to a deeper understanding of just how much God loves them.

Gary Shepherdson

Connections Pastor
Pastor Gary became an Ordained Minister in 1992. As our Connections Pastor he oversees our ushers, altar workers, security team, and our First Impressions team to help ensure that your experience at Christian Center is a exceptional one. He and his wife Robin have four children and nine grandchildren.

Tom
Ward

Wesley
Lantz

Media Coordinator

Stacy McGinnis

Tom Ward

Worship Leader
Tom Ward has been a professional musician since the age of 17 and has led worship for over 20 years. He has also been involved in recording, producing and playing on many local Christian music and worship projects and has a passion for pursuing excellence in all that he does for the Lord.

Wesley Lantz

Media Coordinator
Wesley has been the media coordinator at Christian Center since 2018. He enjoys the creativity of ministry, and has a passion for visually communicating the Gospel in unique ways. Wesley also heads up the media ministry at Christian Center, and enjoys helping people discover how they can serve the body of Christ in surprising ways.

Dentyne Rhodes

Receptionist
Dentyne and her husband Tyler oversee Impact Student Ministries, and are dedicated to seeing God transform the young people of this area and to see their lives marked by holy love. They are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Parker Joy in March of 2020!

Tom
Ward

Wesley
Lantz

Media Coordinator

Stacy McGinnis

Mark Lantz

Senior Pastor
Dr. Mark and his wife Crystal have served in ministry since 1991 and have served as Senior Pastor of Christian Center since 2009. Dr. Lantz is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential in Christ through practical teaching and encouragement. He and Crystal are the proud parents of four children.

Scott Phenis

Executive Pastor
Scott and his wife Dee have been involved in ministry since 1997. Scott answered the call of God on his life when he was burdened for the youth of his church. They are the parents of three children: Chantel, Josh, and Breanna. 

Stacy McGinnis

Executive Secretary
Stacy McGinnis and her husband Michael previously served as senior pastors for
five years and as associate pastors in various capacities for an additional twelve years. They and their four children have a passion for God and for the growth of his people, and enjoy teaching and leading the body of Christ to become more intimate with God and to strengthen the workmanship within the church itself.

Lee Barlow

LeSEA Publishing Director
Lee came to South Bend in 1991 to attend World Harvest Bible College and quickly discovered the ministry opportunities available at LeSEA. With a passion to reach the masses for Jesus, in 1994 he joined the LeSEA Publishing staff and has found a home making the Christ-centered teachings of Dr. Lester Sumrall available to the nations.

Lisa Barlow

LeSEA Publishing
Lisa has been employed by LeSEA for several years, serving in various departments. She currently serves alongside her husband, Lee, at LeSEA Publishing where she functions as the primary print operator.

Dentyne Rhodes

Receptionist

Dentyne Rhodes

Receptionist
Dentyne and her husband Tyler oversee Impact Student Ministries, and are dedicated to seeing God transform the young people of this area and to see their lives marked by holy love. They are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Parker Joy in March of 2020!
Lee came to South Bend in 1991 to attend World Harvest Bible College and quickly discovered the ministry opportunities available at LeSEA. With a passion to reach the masses for Jesus, in 1994 he joined the LeSEA Publishing staff and has found a home making the Christ-centered teachings of Dr. Lester Sumrall available to the nations.
Lisa has been employed by LeSEA for several years, serving in various departments. She currently serves alongside her husband, Lee, at LeSEA Publishing where she functions as the primary print operator.

Lee Barlow

LeSEA Publishing Director

Lisa Barlow

LeSEA Publishing

Dentyne Rhodes

Receptionist
Dentyne and her husband Tyler oversee Impact Student Ministries, and are dedicated to seeing God transform the young people of this area and to see their lives marked by holy love. They are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Parker Joy in March of 2020!
Lee came to South Bend in 1991 to attend World Harvest Bible College and quickly discovered the ministry opportunities available at LeSEA. With a passion to reach the masses for Jesus, in 1994 he joined the LeSEA Publishing staff and has found a home making the Christ-centered teachings of Dr. Lester Sumrall available to the nations.
Lisa has been employed by LeSEA for several years, serving in various departments. She currently serves alongside her husband, Lee, at LeSEA Publishing where she functions as the primary print operator.

Tyler Rhodes

Youth and Young Adult Pastor
Tyler and his wife Dentyne oversee Impact Student Ministries, and are dedicated to seeing God transform the young people of this area and to see their lives marked by holy love. They are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Parker Joy in March of 2020!

Gary Shepherdson

Connections Pastor
Pastor Gary became an Ordained Minister in 1992. As our Connections Pastor he oversees our ushers, altar workers, security team, and our First Impressions team to help ensure that your experience at Christian Center is a exceptional one. He and his wife Robin have four children and nine grandchildren. 

Spencer Davis

Children's Ministry Pastor
Spencer was living in Florida when God called him to full-time ministry. He has passionately led the CKids Ministry at Christian Center for over three years with his wife, Taelor, and two sons, Reis and Riley, close by his side. Spencer is committed to leading the children of Christian Center to a deeper understanding of just how much God loves them. 

Tom Ward

Worship Leader
Tom Ward has been a professional musician since the age of 17 and has led worship for over 20 years. He has also been involved in recording, producing and playing on many local Christian music and worship projects and has a passion for pursuing excellence in all that he does for the Lord.

Wesley Lantz

Media Coordinator
Wesley has been the media coordinator at Christian Center since 2018. He enjoys the creativity of ministry, and has a passion for visually communicating the Gospel in unique ways. Wesley also heads up the media ministry at Christian Center, and enjoys helping people discover how they can serve the body of Christ in surprising ways.

Dentyne Rhodes

Receptionist
Dentyne and her husband Tyler oversee Impact Student Ministries, and are dedicated to seeing God transform the young people of this area and to see their lives marked by holy love. They are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter Parker Joy in March of 2020!

Lee Barlow

LeSEA Publishing Director
Lee came to South Bend in 1991 to attend World Harvest Bible College and quickly discovered the ministry opportunities available at LeSEA. With a passion to reach the masses for Jesus, in 1994 he joined the LeSEA Publishing staff and has found a home making the Christ-centered teachings of Dr. Lester Sumrall available to the nations.

Lisa Barlow

LeSEA Publishing
Lisa has been employed by LeSEA for several years, serving in various departments. She currently serves alongside her husband, Lee, at LeSEA Publishing where she functions as the primary print operator.

Our Legacy

"I won't be satisfied unless I win a million souls for Jesus every day."

- Dr. Lester Sumrall
Few evangelists have seen as much of the world as Lester Sumrall witnessed. As one of the most colorful preachers of the 20th century, Lester began as a fiery young preacher during the Great Depression and, by the time all was said and done, left the world with a legacy of what simple and determined faith in God could accomplish.

Lester Sumrall (1913-1996) was a world-renowned pastor and evangelist, entering full-time service for God after experiencing a dramatic and life-altering encounter with Jesus Christ. At the age of 17, as he lay on a deathbed suffering from tuberculosis, he received a vision. Suspended in midair to the right of his bed was a casket; on his left was a large open Bible. He heard these words: “Lester Sumrall, which of these will you choose tonight?” He made his decision – he would preach the Gospel as long as he lived. When Lester awoke the next morning, he was completely healed and served the Lord for sixty-five years.

Dr. Sumrall traveled the world ministering in 110 countries, including Soviet Siberia, Russia, Tibet, and China. His evangelistic association (LeSEA – Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Ministries headquartered in South Bend, Indiana), encompasses several ministries, including Christian Center Church, LeSEA Publishing, and Family Broadcasting Corporation, and is still actively spreading God’s Word. 

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Christian Center Church based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.

Inspiration

We believe the Bible to be the only infallible, inspired, authoritative Word of God.

Trinity

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Christ

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of lost and sinful man and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

Holy Spirit

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and that by His in-dwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of the dead and the eternal judgment of the just and the unjust.

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