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Pastor Candice K. Brown
earned her Bachelor's Degree from Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO, and her
Master's Degree from
Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, MO

Candice's Comments


      I have been steeped in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from my birth. That has been foundational to my faith and witness as an ordained Disciples pastor. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded in the early 1800s in the United States. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned a united church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament. Disciple congregations today share these characteristics:
 * Each congregation is self-governing and calls its own pastor.
 * Worship services may be formal or informal, and include lay women and men in leadership.
 * Open discussion of issues is encouraged. Diversity of opinion is common.
 * We are growing in racial and ethnic diversity. 
       Disciples affirm that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, and offers saving grace to all. Disciples also believe that all persons are children of God. Disciples practices and beliefs include:

Open Communion
- The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.

Freedom of Belief
- Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.

Baptism by Immersion
- In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.

Belief in the Oneness of the Church
- All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.

The Ministry of Believers
- Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth.
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a red chalice, emblazoned with a white St. Andrew's cross. The chalice symbolizes the central place of communion in worship. The X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism.

     Rebecca Russell,
                        Secretary             Jessica
                        Hove            Stephanie Collins,
                        Custodian            Pianist
 Rebecca Russell, Media and         Jessica Hove, Child Care           Stephanie Collins, Custodian            Abbi Nelson, Pianist
  Communications Specialist

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Capitol Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) * 3322 E. 25th Street * Des Moines, IA 50317

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