Come as you are.
"A Holy Spirt freak of nature."
So, what is "Heavy Metal Church", you ask? To put it in a nutshell, we are a non-denomination, Bible-based Church in a comfortable atmosphere with great music! Our congregation consists of people from all walks of life and age groups. We don't care what you wear because we just want you there! Our Church has no racial, ethnic or social status barriers and we could care less about your past or present life. We only care about your FUTURE life in Christ! Most people want God in their lives, but think they must clean up first before coming to Christ... You don't clean up before you jump in the shower, do you? God wants you EXACTLY the way you are at this very moment. As long as you actively seek God, He will actively seek you, and the Holy Spirit will gently clean you up along the way.
The First Heavy Metal Church of Christ is unlike any Church that you have ever attended, and THAT I can guarantee. It would be an honor if you would visit us someday. Just walk on in, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Senior Pastor Brian Smith
about our church
Our Mission Statement
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Senior Pastor and Founder Brian Smith launched the First Heavy Metal Church of Christ on Sunday, June 19th, 2011 at a local VFW in Union, Ohio. On that day, approximately 70 people attended his service; 5 people came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and 15 others re-dedicated their lives to Christ.
The FHMCC has grown from a small group of followers into a large Community Church of hundreds, with weekly outreach and ministry programs servicing the entire Northridge and Dayton areas. Online, they have developed a worldwide followership. The Church has been featured on The Today Show, numerous local Dayton news shows, and in VICE Magazine. In just 7 years the church has performed over 800 river baptisms.
From the VFW, to a biker bar, to a vacant elementary school building, and now a high school auditorium, God has always provided a place for our congregants to worship and pray.
Spiritual growth is a life-long process of imitating Christ. As we cultivate a balanced lifestyle of purity, holiness, and Christian character, we honor God and influence others (Ephesians 5:1-5, Philippians 2:1-11, Galatians 5:22, 23).
Intimacy With God
We share God's desire for an intimate relationship which is cultivated by the consistency of prayer, dynamic worship, and a need for an understanding of the Word of God (Psalm 139, Acts 2:42, Matthew 6:5-15).
We believe how we represent ourselves is a reflection of who we really are. This is accomplished collectively as we individually pursue accountability for each other based on integrity, sound character, high moral values, and Biblical principles ( I Peter 2:12, Proverbs 27:17, Proverbs 12:15).
We believe God equips each of us with talents, abilities, and resources, expecting us to fully develop and use these gifts, thereby maximizing our potential to serve Him and our communities (Matthew 25:14-30, Ephesians 3:20-21).
Our faith in God compels us to take well-planned, aggressive, visionary steps to present the gospel of Jesus Christ -- regardless of the risk involved (I Samuel 17:45-47, Hebrews 11, James 2:14-26).
Excellence In Ministry
When you truly experience the excellence of God, you will be compelled to serve Him with a passion and give Him your absolute best (Colossians 3:17, II Samuel 24:24, Mark 12:30).
We believe a right relationship with God is essential for achieving reconciliation among family members, races, and denominations (II Corinthians 5:18-20, Galatians 3:26-29).
God designed us to serve (to value others above ourselves) and to be served (to allow others to fulfill needs in our lives). As we are obedient to this calling, God brings together our talents and abilities to form a powerful Christian community (John 13:34-35, Galatians 6:2, I Corinthians 12:7, 12-17).
As fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, we are urgently driven to share our faith with non believers, to educate believers for practical victorious living, and to equip believers for abundant service to God. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We believe God's Word contains the solution to every challenge in life. Therefore, we present God's Word in creative, artistic, and culturally relevant ways. (Psalm 119:105, I Corinthians 9:19-23, Acts 17:16-19)
One Holy God
Eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Bible
The inspired, infallible, authoritative source of Christian belief and teaching.
Created in the image of God but fallen, lost and powerless to save himself.
Virgin-born Son of God Who was crucified to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of all mankind. He arose from the dead, thereby conquering sin, death and the grave. Jesus will personally return to the earth in power and glory.
Man's Only Hope
Belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Water Baptism and Holy Communion are among the ways we celebrate our hope in Jesus Christ.
Consistent with His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ still offers healing for the physical, relational and emotional pain in our lives.
The Holy Spirit
Dwells in those who receive Christ and empowers believers to live righteous and holy lives. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, along with its evidences, and the Gifts of the Spirit are available to believers today.
When a life is changed by the love of Christ, we begin a journey of becoming like Christ. It is displayed inwardly with love, joy, and peace. It is displayed outwardly in lives of integrity and is shown relationally by love and grace.
Life, as we know it, will come to an end. Jesus will return and show Himself to be "King of Kings." Everyone will be held accountable for the choices of their lives. A permanent, personal relationship with God, without the influence of evil and pain will be established for all who chose Christ. This will be Heaven forever.
The Body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head, is comprised of all those who, through belief in Christ, have been spiritually changed by the personal work of the Holy Spirit. Believers are called to pursue God's mission, both collectively and individually. For some it is a vocation (pastors, missionaries, etc.), for all... a passion.