Who We Are, Where We Come From, And What We Believe...
We are Justyn, Rachel and Lydia Smith, and our ministry focuses on A HEART FOR REVIVAL AND EVANGELISM for the glory of God. We are servants of the Lord who seek to uplift Christ wherever we go through the preaching of the Word and time in fellowship.
I, Justyn, am an Illinois boy from birth. I was saved as a child, later baptized, and then called to preach on June 6th, 2003 when I was 17 years old.
My bride, Rachel, is Alaskan Grown. She came to know Christ as a child, as well.
We met at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. We were married the summer after graduation on July 21st, 2007.
After nine years of prayers by many all over the nation and some from other parts of the world, the Lord saw fit to give us Lydia Grace who was born in February of 2017. She continues to be a daily bundle of joy!
We have served the Lord together faithfully in full-time ministry for 12 years.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives. We use the King James Bible.
JESUS CHRIST AND THE GOSPEL
Jesus Christ is to have the preeminence in all things. We believe He is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He was virgin born, lived a sinless life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His eternal victory and to empower us for life this side of eternity. We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and from His purpose for our lives.
We believe in Biblical Salvation. It is comprised of three parts: 1. Justification (commonly referred to as the day of one's salvation or getting saved), 2. Sanctification (the day-to-day life of a believer becoming more like Christ) and 3. Glorification (when we see Him..."we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:2b").
We believe salvation is, "Repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Acts 20:21b
We believe salvation is a gift from God and not obtained by the works of man.
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, and all three are one (I John 5:7) Who have a dynamic role in all things. He is totally just, wonderfully loving and completely holy.
We believe in the power and significance of the local church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together.
If you are a pastor of a church, this means we may be available to come along side you to serve you and your church in the areas of revival and evangelism.
We are available to serve the Lord's church in many ways, including but not limited to:
Our Pastor is Pastor Lee Taylor of Princeville Baptist Church in Princeville, IL. If you wish to contact him with any questions, you can do so by clicking the button below. 👇🏼
Starting in April of 2019, a partnership between Camp Joy (Whitewater, WI) and A Heart For Revival Ministries (Peoria, IL) was established. This partnership of ministries is a result of several years of companionship and co-laboring in different capacities. We are excited to promote and serve each other as both ministries move forward for the glory of God!
Pastor, are you looking for a great camp for the youth in your church? As a former Pastor myself, and knowing the importance of the next generation receiving a spiritual awakening, I highly recommend Camp Joy!
Watch our video announcement of our partnership with Camp Joy below. 👇🏼