Our Mission

Helping Christians Grow, and Helping to Grow Christians, To Glorify God



We have to be honest about the broken relationship man has with God and find joy in redemption and salvation.


Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell.


The basis of fellowship is salvation; the nature of fellowship is togetherness. True Fellowship begins with our desire for unity


Our Core Values

Our core values are at the heart of our congregation because they define who we are, how we serve, what we believe and what we stand for. Our core values define how we act and how you can expect to be treated as part of the Long Lake Church Family. Our core values direct our mission, vision, and
ultimately provide a sound basis on how we make decisions.

The Bible says that we have been given the responsibility of being salt and light to a world that is lost in sin and darkness. The only source of truth from God is the Bible. We believe the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, inspired word of God. We look to it for guidance and direction in all things.

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And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:13

At Long Lake Church we believe that prayer is the primary work of the people of God. We realize that praying is what Christians and the church are supposed to be known for. Even Jesus said, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations…” Prayer is the visible and demonstrable way we declare God’s authority over us, and His Church. Prayer declares that we are weak, He is strong. Prayer declares that we realize our character will not mature unless we are being refined, reproved, and changed by His Word and voice in our prayer lives. Prayer declares that our ministries will be fruitless and Christian brothers and sisters will struggle unless we pray. Prayer declares that our children, our marriages and families, our communities, and our world will be different when we pray. Prayer declares that we believe we need the supernatural power of God’s presence to see our world changed for His glory and good. Because our battle is not just physical, but the battle is a spiritual one. And that requires spiritual weapons (II Corinthians 10:3-5).

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Long Lake Church deeply values strengthening the families of our church and community through clear biblical instruction defining and guiding marriage and parenting relationships. Biblical families will reflect the image of God. We value the gift of children within our church and desire to raise-up children in the biblical understanding of God’s redemption in Jesus Christ. We do this through an authentic example and scriptural instruction, for the purpose of salvation. This comes primarily through the home with the church community’s active involvement. We believe that just as Christ said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” We have an opportunity and a calling to be intentional about creating a place where Children and youth are welcomed and part of the life of our congregation.

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You shall teach them diligently to your sons (and daughters) and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. Deuteronomy 6:7

We believe that at our core that we were created to worship God, who alone is worthy of our worship. We have been called out of the bondage of sin and called together into God’s presence to worship Him. Our corporate times of worship are a foretaste of the great wedding feast where all who He has called will join together forever. As a congregation “worship” describes those times we gather deliberately seeking to encounter God. God uses worship to, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. The word passionate expresses strong feelings, and the sense of heightened importance. At Long Lake Church we expect worship to be one of the most important times of the week. Through the personal practice of Passionate Worship, we learn to love God in return.

Biblical Support:

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Psalm 100:2 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. …Psalm 95:1-6 Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. ..Psalm 96:1-9

One of the most amazing characteristics of Long Lake Church is that it can be both diverse and unified at the same time. We cherish this diversity and acknowledge (despite our differences) we can live together in community, supporting and caring for one another, because of our common belief in the essentials of our faith.

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And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. Acts 2:42-45

Under the direct commission of Jesus Christ, Long Lake Church strives to reach those in our neighborhoods and around the world who have yet to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Our church programming, services and ministry all point toward sharing the message of the Gospel with individuals and families. We seek provide multiple opportunities to invite unbelieving friends and family members to hear the Gospel focusing on their needs in order they might be met and the Lord can shine through that experience. And, every member of the church is challenged to share their faith daily in work, schools and social settings.

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

a simple place to meet Jesus Christ

Our Leaders

At Long Lake Church we are led by a team we call the committee on Ministry and Oversight, who are responsible for the spiritual welfare and work of the congregation. This group includes our Pastor and other members, often considered Elders.

Christopher Cox

Pastor Christopher, his wife Linnea, and daughter Hanna join the Long Lake family in January of 2016.


Jerry Dennis

(231) 947.6671


Pete Smith

(231) 947.8505


Paul Collins

(231) 640.4618


Jim Besaw

(231) 590.0470

Want to worship with us?

Long Lake Church is special place. In a fast-paced, tell me what I want to hear “Christian” world, we stand out as a simple place to meet Jesus Christ. Our worship services are "blended" in style, incorporating hymns and modern worship music to reach a diverse and eclectic worship community. We gather together as a family, all ages together, in one room hearing the gospel message preached> We learn together and from each other. Our primary focus in worship is on God and His never changing word. We simply believe that the word of God is His inerrant, complete, and perfect message to a broken and hurting world.