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  • Exciting New Staff Changes at Faith Center!

    Faith Center is excited to announce some new staff changes as we continue Gathering, Growing and Going as disciples of Jesus.

    To begin we are welcoming Sami Wright back to our staff as the new Front Desk Receptionist effective immediately.  Amy McKnight, previously the Front Desk Receptionist, will be taking on a new role as Pastoral Assistant to Lead Pastors Matt and Heidi Messner.

    After saying goodbye to Samantha Karges, Amanda Guy has been hired to oversee Tech, Media and Publications.  Amanda has been on Faith Center staff in the past and was a graduate of our ELN program.

    Children’s Ministry will also be seeing some changes.  Aime Snider has been hired as the new Director of Nursery and Preschool and Cassie Wilson-Craps will begin as the Director of Elementary once she returns from maternity leave.  Aime has been an active Children’s Ministry volunteer and a leader in our MOPS program.  Cassie was previously the assistant to the Children’s Pastor and is a graduate of both NCBI and the ELN program.

    To complete the changes Matt Lemen, previously our Children’s Pastor, has taken on a new role as Executive Pastor beginning officially at the beginning of 2018.  He will work directly under Pastors Matt … Continue reading

  • Pastor Matt Messner weighs in on religion in politics

    This week Northern California Congresman Jared Huffman made headlines for stating that he is a humanist, believing society should be guided by reason, rather than the supernatural.
    Local audio blog Humboldt Last Week reached out to Faith Center for a response to this new revelation. Pastor Matt Messner shared his thoughts on Huffman’s statements and our responsibilities as Christians. Listen to the story here:

    (Audio) Congressman not sure if God exists, reactions to rare announcement; Humboldt’s last week of news

  • Pastor Heidi Messner makes statement in light of local marijuana regulations

    I would like to let the public know I am personally opposed to the production, sale, and use of recreational marijuana.

    I have been working with the drug-addicted for many years both in Eureka and in Seattle, where I previously ran an in-patient facility for those affected by addiction and mental health issues. I believe there is a direct correlation between the very difficult issues we face as a community in regard to crime, homelessness, and addiction and the prevalence of recreational marijuana in Humboldt County.

    In the Eureka City Council meeting on October 3, 2017, I approved the regulation recommendations of the staff regarding the retail sales of medical and recreational marijuana in the city of Eureka because we are now at a point of determining regulation rather than legalization. Regulation has to do with what is best for our city in light of the new laws voted on by citizens regarding this subject.

    My decision was based on that reality more than my personal preference regarding regulation in the city of Eureka, as well as the need to put in regulations before the State of California implements broader ones on January 1, 2018.

    Heidi Messner is a lead pastor at Faith Center … Continue reading