Our Mission

Leading people from DARKNESS into LIGHT!

We are a place where you can Belong, Believe, and Become. We realize that people often have to belong even before they believe. Once they believe, God begins to mold them and transform them to become something new and amazing — a new creation in Christ! So come just as you are and allow the truth and love of Jesus to transform your life into a new life in Christ.

Our Pastor

Timothy and Lori Brown live in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina where they are raising their six children. Life is really high energy right now for the Brown’s! Timothy enjoys watching NBA basketball, working out at the gym, and trying out new coffee shops in different towns. Timothy is an extrovert who loves having meaningful conversations about life, leadership, ministry, and family.

Timothy is the Senior Pastor at Radiant Church which is located in Arden, North Carolina. Radiant Church is a loving community of faith that is making an impact upon the Asheville area and beyond. Timothy has pastored Radiant Church since 2016.

Our Vision

We are a church family that is making a difference in our community, city, and around the world. Our vision is to be one thriving church in many locations. We bring the light of Jesus into the dark places around us. We are a Christian community who seeks to live out both the grace and the truth of the Gospel in our daily lives.

5 Year Vision Goal: 
To reach and disciple 1% of our community people by December 31, 2026.

Our Discipleship Pathway:
Active in worship. Attend worship regularly!
Connected to community. Join a Radiant Group!
Embracing my place through serving and giving. Fuel the Mission!
Multiplying myself. Lead one person to Christ every year!

Our Values

• Jesus is at the center.
• We strive to be biblical and balanced.
• We are a lighthouse for truth.
• We are a place of grace.

• Our mission is the Great Commission.
Families Matter- We are here to help build thriving families.
We are Kingdom Expanders- We dream of living out the culture of the Kingdom of God in our daily lives.
We have a “do whatever it takes” “mentality” and we strive to do all things with excellence.
We seek to be culturally relevant without compromising the truth.
We have a heart for the community, the city, and the world.

Our Community

RADICAL in Loving. Love changes people.
BIBLICAL in Teaching. We teach for transformation, not just information.
PASSIONATE in Praying. Prayer is engaging and enjoying the presence of God in our daily lives.
TRUTHFUL in Worshipping. Worship is more than a service; it is a lifestyle.
PURPOSEFUL in Reaching. We are willing to sell the family farm just to win one more person for Jesus.
SACRIFICIAL in Serving. It is our honor to serve you.
EXTRAVAGANT in Giving. Christians should be the most generous people on planet Earth.
RELATIONAL in Living. You were created for meaningful community.
RELEVANT in Connecting. We keep an active pulse on our mission field.
CONSTANT in Innovation. We are created by the Creator to be creative for the Creator.

Our Beliefs

The Bible

God's Word to Humankind
(II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5)
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.

God

The Triune Relationship
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

The Father

The Loving Creator
(Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Psalm 11:4-6; Malachi 3:6; John 3:16; 4:24; 5:26; 14:1; Acts 17:28; Romans 3:3-4)
God is great: He is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. God is good: He is our Father. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

Jesus Christ

The Savior of the World
(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5 & 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

The Holy Spirit

The Agent of Change
(II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13 & 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12 & 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

People

God's Image Bearers
(Genesis 1:27 Psalm 8:3-6 Isaiah 53:6a Romans 3:23 Isaiah 59:1-2)
Men and women are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Humans are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although people have tremendous potential for good, they are marred by a choice of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This choice separates men and women from God.

Salvation

Free Gift through Faith in Jesus Christ
(Romans 6:23 Ephesians 2:8-9 John 14:6 & 1:12 Titus 3:5 Galatians 3:26 Romans 5:1)
Salvation is a gift from God to humans. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can people be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

The Church

God's Design for Community
(Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3)
The Church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ, to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.

Eternity

The Forever State of Humanity
(John 3:16 I John 2:25 & 5:11-13 Romans 6:23 Revelation 20:15)
Humans were created to exist forever. They will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Timothy Brown

Lead Pastor

Carol O'Connor

Office Manager

Joe Perry

Worship & Prayer Pastor

Shannon Whitson

Preschool Director

Amy Perry

Student and Family Minister

Kim Faistenhammer

Executive Assistant to Lead Pastor

Renee Lawing

Interim Grade School Director

Richard DuClos

Media Director

David Blevins

Business Administrator

What is Salvation?

How to Receive Salvation

One can receive salvation through accepting Jesus Christ as his or her Savior. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6 & 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1) Salvation is a gift from God to humans. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can humans be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

The ABC's of Salvation

Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend. Actually, God’s plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand. Here are the ABCs of salvation.

ADMIT

Admit to God that you are a sinner. All persons need salvation. Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin. Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God’s authority over our lives. Everyone who does not live a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Since none of us are perfect, all of us are sinners (Rom. 3:10-18). The result of sin is spiritual death (Rom. 6:23). Spiritual death means eternal separation from God. By God’s perfect standard we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God. Admitting that you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.

BELIEVE

Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin. God loves each of us. God offers us salvation. Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us. In the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

CONFESS

Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to others. After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person. Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision. Following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Rom. 10:9-10).

Questions?

If you have any questions about salvation or would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, contact us below.