A Brief History of LMC
Long Meadow Chapel (LMC) is part of the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Since 1974 the C&MA has grown to over 700 missionaries serving in 47 countries and has churches in 66 countries and territories. They work in 179 languages and dialects. There are approximately 16,000 national churches, and worldwide membership totals over 2.5 million.
Our Purpose at LMC is to love God by bringing people into a relationship with Jesus and His family, growing them to be like Christ, and equipping them for their service in the church and outreach to the world.
Our Vision at LMC is to be God’s hands of help and healing to a lost, needy, and hurting world both inside and outside our church family.
The Story of LMC begins in an existing church in Milford. Around 1983, six families felt led to leave the existing church due to its denomination using resources to support military endeavors in other countries and set out to start LMC.
Summer of 1983: The families met at the Steele’s (one of the families’) pond which is about a mile behind the Chapel.
Summer/ Fall 1983: Initially, the small group met on Sunday mornings in the basement of the home of Les Strickler Sr. (beside the Milford Motel). It was during this time that this small fellowship decided to join the Christian and Missionary Alliance because of the strong focus on missions. The group grew too large for the meeting place, and the small church moved to the Old Milford Borough Hall (presently an art gallery on a side street downtown) then to Forest Hall in Milford (giant blue stone building in the center of town right next to the traffic lights)
1984: The first Senior Pastor is named, Michael Noel and his wife Karen.
1985: Construction began on what is presently our chapel and a dedication service was held on October 27, 1985.
Over the past two decades, LMC has been through a few Pastoral transitions. God has brought us Pastor Shawn Coleman and his wife Theresa along with their three children, Gabriel, Rachel, and Sammy.
Pastor Shawn’s heartbeat is to see God’s people grow.
LMC Statement of Faith
1. There is one God, (1) who is infinitely perfect, (2) existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (3) [(1) Deuteronomy 6:4, (2) Matthew 5:48, (3) Matthew 28:19]
2. Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. (4) He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. (5) He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust, (6) as a propitiate sacrifice, (7) and all who believe in Him are justified because of His shed blood. (8) He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. (9) He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. (10) He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace. (11) [(4) Philippians 2:6–11, (5) Luke 1:34–38, (6) I Peter 3:18, (7) Hebrews 2:9, (8) Romans 5:9, (9) Acts 2:23–24, (10) Hebrews 8:1, (11) Matthew 26:64]
3. The Holy Spirit is a divine person (12) sent to dwell, guide, teach and empower the believer; (13) to convince the world of sin; of righteousness; and of judgment. (14) [(12) John 14:15–18, (13) John 16:13, Acts 1:8, (14) John 16:7–11]
4. The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice. (15) [(15) 2 Peter 1:20–21, 2 Timothy 3:15–16]
5. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God. (16) Man fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, (17) are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (18) The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment (19) and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss. (20) [(16) Genesis 1:27, (17) Romans 3:23, (18) 1 Corinthians15:20–23, (19) Revelation 21:8, (20) Revelation 21:1–4]
6. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God. (21) [(21) Titus 3:4–7]
7. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, (22) being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. (23) This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion. (24) [(22) 1 Thessalonians 5:23, (23) Acts 1:8, (24) Romans 6:1–14]
8. Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. (25) Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age. (26) [(25) Matthew 8:16–17, (26) James 5:13–16]
9. The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, (27) which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. (28) The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (29) [(27) Ephesians 1:22–23, (28) Matthew 28:19–20, (29) Acts 2:41–47]
10. There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; (30) for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment. (31) [(30) 1 Corinthians 15:20–23, (31) John 5:28–29]
11. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent (32) and will be personal, visible, and pre-millennial. (33) This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service. (34) [(32) Hebrews 10:37, (33) Luke 21:27, (34) Titus 2:11–14]