Pathfinder is a Christian church, deeply rooted in the Word of God, and born out of the Lutheran (LCMS) tradition. For over 160 years, Pathfinder has been positioned in West St. Louis County and yet our approach has evolved significantly to keep reaching a changing world. We exist to help imperfect people find a whole life.
We believe that the only true God is the Triune God; one God made of three distinct and separate persons.
The Father, who creates and preserves all things. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
The Son, who redeems the world by His death and resurrection. (John 3:16; John 5:39; Acts 4:12)
The Holy Spirit, who brings and keeps people in saving faith in Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
We believe that God desires all people to be saved and know the truth.
God loves all people and wants them to come to love Him and each other. (Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:3,4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:16)
We are sinful at birth, alienated from God, and must be born again in faith. (John 3:1-8, Romans 3:23; Colossians 1:21; Ephesians 2:1-5)
We believe that God so loved people that He sent His only Son Jesus to rescue us from our lost condition.
Jesus Christ is both God and man. (1 Timothy 2:5-6; Colossians 2:8,9)
Jesus gave His life as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, resulting in our forgiveness and acceptance before God the Father. (Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Those who believe and are baptized will be saved. (Mark 16:16; Romans 10:9,10)
We believe that the Holy Spirit brings us to and keeps us in saving faith through God’s Word, Holy Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.
We cannot believe in Jesus or come to Him without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
God’s Word is true, powerful and has the ability to change lives. (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 4:12)
Through baptism the Holy Spirit offers all people new life, and makes us God’s children. (John 1:12,13; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:38)
In Holy Communion, Jesus offers believers His body and blood under forms of bread and wine for Christians to eat and drink. (1 Corinthians 10:16,17)
In Holy Communion God offers believers the forgiveness of sins and increases the depth of their faith. (Matthew 26:27,28; John 6:54-58; 1 Corinthians 11:26)
We believe that through the church God equips and empowers believers to serve Him by serving others and sharing the good news about Jesus.
God has uniquely gifted each person to do good works which He expects His children to do. (Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-21)
It is not good for people to live in isolation. God intends for us to share His love with nonbelievers and believers alike through intentional relationships. (Genesis 2:18; Galatians 6:9,10; Hebrews 10:25)
The Christian faith is best lived in close relationships with other people — i.e. Small Groups (Proverbs 27:17; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:9-13)
Our greatest purpose in life is to bring others into a saving relationship with Jesus their Savior. (Matthew 28:19,20; John 20:30,31)
Constitution and By-laws
Pathfinder Church honors our own constitution. It provides essential guidelines in the principles and operating practices for our church and its ministries. Our Constitution reflects our heritage and history while providing structure and allowing us to remain relevant while not allowing our values and beliefs to be determined by the culture.
Getting Started Orientation
Once a month, we offer a two-hour orientation called Getting Started. You will learn about our beliefs, mission and culture. Getting Started is a great way to go further faster at Pathfinder. Whether you are brand new or have been attending for awhile, Getting Started is a great place to get your questions answered! Childcare is available with registration.
Questions about our beliefs or yours?
We’d love the opportunity to chat with you about the beliefs that guide us.