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We are passionate about Jesus and his mission in the world. We believe Jesus is God, he lived in human history, died and has been raised from the dead. We also think this changes everything.

Jesus changes our lives, our relationships, our work, our purpose and how we interact with the world around us here and now.

At the Garden our vision is not just for you to attend church but to “be the church” and transform our city and the neighborhoods you live in as an empowered follower of Jesus.

This is what it means to be a disciple. As a church we are called to live beyond a Sunday meeting or a midweek Bible study. We are called to invest our whole lives in developing community, following Jesus as disciples and living intentionally on mission. So, at the Garden we cultivate environments for discipleship and transformation to flourish.

We invite you to find out more about Jesus and to join us in partnering with God in the renewal of all things.


Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is fully man and fully God. He is the perfect reflection of God’s character and glory. He lived a sinless life and offered himself as the only perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross.

All who believe in Him are declared righteous on the basis of His death. He was raised physically from the dead, breaking its power and defeating the devil and will return again to earth to reign forever with those who are His.

[Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14, 8:40&58, 11:33; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:8]


The gospel is the good news that God himself, the Creator, has come to rescue us from sin, and renew all things, in and through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, to establish his kingdom, through his people, in the power of the Holy Spirit.


The Garden is a non-denominational church that believes in the authority of the Christian scriptures for our life and practice. We hold to the essential orthodox Christian beliefs as best expressed in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, as well as the Evangelical Statement of Faith.

Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God;
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried;
and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;
and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life;
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Evangelical Statement of Faith
•We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God.
•We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
•We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
•We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration of the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
•We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
•We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
•We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Garden Worship is a creative community united around a passion to worship Jesus. Since the Garden’s inception worship has been a core value of our community; a value that has only grown over time as a hallmark of our gatherings – both large and small. This past year, a group of Garden musicians banded together with a single purpose: to write, record and release a collection of original worship songs that would reflect the unique creativity of the Garden. The final result of this endeavor is the Father of Endless Light EP. We pray that these songs will serve as a resource in your personal and communal times of worship, leading you to encounter Jesus and the fullness of His love and grace.

Visit the Garden Worship website here.


The Garden is organized around four environments. These environments are where discipleship and transformation occur. We believe we’re all called to live beyond a Sunday meeting or a midweek Bible study. We are called to invest our whole lives in developing deep community, following Jesus as disciples and living intentionally on mission. So at the Garden we cultivate environments for discipleship and transformation to flourish.

It says in Acts the church met regularly in homes and in public places. We gather as the garden in homes and on Sunday to celebrate God, to share with one another, to grow as disciples, to teach through scripture, to give, to pray, to worship and live empowered lives for God. Our public gatherings are also spaces for people to encounter God for the first time and a place where the Gospel is preached for the city to come to know Jesus.

We believe all were created to live in community. As the church, community is learned through generously serving one another, caring for each others needs, sharing our possessions, walking together in suffering and celebration while learning to live in honest, loving relationships. It is through our intentional relationships that we witness to the world our God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Hundreds of people at the garden gather in smaller communities to learn about God, share meals, pray and serve together – we call these community groups. It is here, people learn to live in community on mission.

As the church, we are commissioned to make disciples of all nations, to partner with God in the renewal of all things, and to proclaim the gospel wherever we go. The good news is about Jesus and renewal will happen when He is at the center of our lives, communities and our cities. We work to make Jesus famous in our city and live the gospel wherever we go.

We desire our church to be raised up as leaders – in all areas of our lives. Leadership as modeled by Jesus is all about service. We believe as a church we should be trained for a life of ministry. At the garden we take time to train those in our theology through Basics, in our model of prayer in our Prayer Ministry Training class, as well as various classes offered through out the year.


Darren Rouanzoin

Lead Pastor

Alex Rouanzoin

Director of Operations

Faith Dunsterville

Worship Pastor

Jon Rosene

Community Life Pastor

Bill Dogterom

Care Pastor


Brooke Hodges

Director of Operations + Communications

Tammy Callis

Children's Director

Amie Schmidgall

Youth Pastor

Seth Wiese

Audio and Production Coordinator

Jessica Buck

Pastoral and Administrative Assistant

Laura Ancheta

Volunteer Coordinator + Office Manager

Peter Guinta

Worship Leader

Hannah Kurish

Children's Assistant

Michael Petrila

Creative + Communications Assistant

Christy Morffi

Director of Events + Compassion

Community Leaders
There are many teams and groups within the Garden community, each led by a volunteer leader who has been equipped and sent out to lead. We gather these leaders multiple times a year to hear where the Garden is headed, to ask questions, and to place our church before God in worship and prayer.

The Elder Team
The Garden Elder team is a group of volunteer leaders nominated from within our church community, and considered and elected by current Board members. The Elders have three primary areas of responsibility: to live as an example to the church; to shepherd the church; and to oversee the future of The Garden.


When it comes to money, we’re not just asking or telling people to give it. We’re committed to teaching and coming alongside people to help them become wise stewards of all God gives—and we’re committed to modeling these principles first as a church.

Our Board of Directors and Elders carefully seek God’s guidance in determining and approving the allocation of each year’s budget. These teams review key financial decisions. Our staff are challenged and expected to be prudent stewards of the budgets entrusted to them. All contributions are confidential. Every dollar received or spent is accounted for through careful record-keeping and audited each year. In all, we seek God’s will diligently and strive to respond quickly when he provides clear direction regarding our stewardship as a church.

Each year the Garden church develops an annual budget to account for the anticipated income and expenses throughout the fiscal year (July 1-June 30). This process, which involves all layers of leadership of our church, culminates in the approval of an operating budget by our Board. That budget breaks down into First Fruits, Ministry Budgets, Payroll & Benefits, Facilities, Capital Expenses and Operations.

For more information about the allocation of funds, confidentiality of contributions, or giving please email

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