About


Our History

 
In 1981, with a burden for lost souls, Reverend Robert Ramsey rented a building on the corner of Main and Center streets in Historic Hilliard and began holding church services. The first Sunday service in September saw 7 individuals in attendance. Over the years the church began to grow and God poured out his blessings upon the small congregation. In September 1985, Hilliard United Pentecostal Church (as it was originally known as), purchased 7 acres of farm land at 5284 Avery Road in anticipation of one day building their own facility. That dream came true on May 18, 1990 when the church began construction and in September of 1992 the first service was held in the new facility.
 
In May of 1993 founder Robert Ramsey resigned and Pastor James L. Spires was elected to serve the Hilliard church. Pastor James Spires continued construction and in 1995, Phase 2 was complete, which held a 200 seat sanctuary.
 
In the Fall of 1997 James Spires resigned due to poor health and Eric Smith was elected as Pastor. Pastor Eric led Champions In Christ for over 17 years of spiritual advancement. Under the ministry of Pastor Eric Champions established a Christian Academy and completed a facility redesign. In February of 2015, Pastor Eric resigned as lead pastor of Champions to pursue the office of an evangelist. Champions elected long-time Youth Pastor Josh Smith to fill its pastoral opening. Pastor Josh and the CIC family look forward to the great things God has in store.
 

 

Our Beliefs

 
God
– We believe that there is one God who revealed or manifested Himself as Jehovah in the Old Testament and Jesus Christ in the New Testament. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:5-6, Isaiah 43:10-11, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23, John 1:1 & 14, John 17:3, John 20:28, 1 Timothy 2:5, John 10:30, John 8:24 & 27, John 5:7)
 
Salvation
– We believe that Salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9). In addition, we believe that in order to gain eternal life one must be born of the water (Baptism) and of the Spirit (Holy Spirit) as Jesus said in John 3:5. There is one way to heaven and Jesus is the way. (John 14:6, John 10:7)
 
Bible
– We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and without flaw. (2 Timothy 3:16)
 
Healing
– We believe in the healing and miracle-working power of God is available to all of us through faith and prayer. (Matthew 4:23-24, John 14:12-14, James 5:14-15)
 
Holiness
– We believe that God desires a people who is separate from the sin of this world. (1 Peter 1:15-17, 2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:7)
 
Prayer
 – We believe in the power of prayer and have seen many miracles take place among believers. God cares about your needs and wants to grant them. He never desired for you to feel alone, suffer, or go through sickness/disease. Whatever your request, big or small, He cares and so do we. Send us something you would like us to pray for and it will be immediately sent to our prayer team. (James 5:14, 1 John 5:14, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Mark 11:24) Send your Prayer Request to
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