Our Staff

 
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Paul Casteel
Minister
 
Education
 
I grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Cincinnati Christian High School in 1989. After studying Business Administration at Anderson University (IN), I transferred to Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies & Christian Ministry in 1995. I’ve also studied graduate courses at
Mid-South Christian College & Lincoln Christian University. 
 
Ministry
 
I’ve been honored to serve Christian Churches in Mississippi, Tennessee & Kentucky over the last twenty years. 
 
Personal
 
My wife Jewelie and I have been married over 25 years and have four incredible children. I’m an avid Reds, Kentucky Wildcat, Bengals fan and I’ve been known to root for the Ohio State Buckeyes on occasion. You can never go wrong with Skyline Chili and yes, it’s okay to eat some UDF or Graeter’s before your meal.  
 
Favorite Scripture
 
“(God has shown us) what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8
 
 
Debbie Lansing
Church Secretary
 
 
 
 

Core Values

Connect

Plug in to What God is Doing at BCC…
 
At BCC, we connect together weekly in small groups to grow spiritually, develop meaningful relationships, and experience genuine Christian community. Small groups can offer you the chance to: Grow deeper in your relationship with God; connect with others at BCC; expand your vision of what God can do in and through your life.
 

Celebrate

The Love of God and His Work in Our Lives
  
Celebrating (worship) reflects our commitment to gather together and celebrate what God is doing in our lives and in the church. Sundays we gather for a unique worship experience around a larger theme or topic. Always unique, you never know what mix of music, teaching, and other creative arts will come together each week.

Contribute

Discover and Use Your Talents, Passions, and Resources
 
Contributing reflects our commitment to helping you discover and use your God-given talents – and experience the joy of contributing to God’s work. There is nothing better than letting God use you exactly where He has gifted you to serve! At BCC, we help you discover how you’re wired, give you the training you need, and offer many creative opportunities to serve. We are always open to new innovative ways to minister to the community and beyond!

Who Are We?

The word “church” in the New Testament means “called out ones.” It’s important to note that “the church” is people, not buildings… It’s an organism, not an organization.
 
This local congregation at Blanchester has its roots in this area since the late 1800’s with individual Christians in the area coming together to organize a congregation. The church first met at Rice’s Hall (Next to Sav-A-Lot) before 1904, when a white wood frame building was built on the corner of Clark and Center streets downtown.
 
In the mid-1990’s after much thought and prayer the church purchased six acres off Cherry Street (Ohio State Route 28) one quarter mile from the Blanchester High School. Since that time, a ballfield, shelter, and parsonage, and new main church building has been built at that location.
 
Blanchester Church of Christ is part of a larger movement to restore the church to a more basic form of New Testament Christianity. This “Restoration Movement” has its roots in 18th century Scotland, when believers dismissed creedal legalism and sectarianism began calling the church back to the authority of Christ and the New Testament. There are about 5,500 congregations like Blanchester in the USA, with over 1.2 million members. We do not call ourselves a denomination because we believe there is but one body. We believe we are not the only Christians, but Christians only. This unity pleads for the unity of all God’s people in the spirit of Jesus’ prayer for unity in John 17.

Organization

The Head of Blanchester Church of Christ is Jesus Christ.
 
Elders – Are appointed by the congregation, serve as the spiritual oversight. Their primary work is to care for the members of the Church. They are to see that the church programs align with the Church’s mission and purpose and that individuals are equipped for service. This specifically includes: general oversight of church personnel, programs, and finances; care of church members; and church discipline – the recovery and restoration process.
 
Deacons – Are also appointed by the congregation, assist the Elders in shepherding and caring for the needs of people in the church. They attend to unique, personal congregational needs as directed by the Elders.
 
Staff – are responsible for the day-to-day equipping operations and programs of the church. They are responsible for casting a vision for overall ministry programs and implementing plans to accomplish ministry purposes. Their role includes establishing and training teams of people to help carry out the mission and vision of the church under the oversight of the Elders.
 
Ministry Leaders – define the vision and mission for their specific ministry and recruit a team to implement a strategy for accomplishing their mission, giving people the opportunity to exercise their spiritual gifts for ministry. They work in partnership with the Elders, Deacons, and Staff to see that church ministries and programs are provided. Each Ministry Leader is ultimately accountable to the Elders, but each is specifically accountable to an accountability partner that may be an Elder, Deacon, or Ministry Staff member.

Beliefs

About the Bible
  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, written without error and preserved for our instruction. (I Cor. 2:7-14; II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20-21).
About God
  • God exists eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19; John 14:16-26).
  • God is the absolute and sole creator of this world and the universe. (Gen. 1:1-2:25; John 1:1-4).
  • God, because of His compelling love, sent Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners by His atoning death on Calvary. (Isa. 53:1-6; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Eph. 1:3-6).
About Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ in the flesh was both God and man.
  • He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life.
  • He revealed the mind of God in his teaching and performed miracles exactly as described in the four gospels.
  • He was crucified, died as the penalty for our sins and was raised from the dead, bodily, on the third day.
  • He ascended to the Father, He is head of the church and intercedes for believers.
  • He is coming again personally, bodily and visibly to this earth. (Phil. 2:5-8; Luke 1:26-35; Heb. 4:14-15; I Pet. 2:21-24; I Cor. 15:3-5; Acts 1:9-11; Eph. 1:18-23;
  • I Thes. 4:15-16; John 14:1-6).
About Salvation
  • Man’s relationship with God has been broken by his own sin.
  • We can be restored to a relationship with God only through the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ, man remains eternally separated from God, and is ultimately consigned to hell.
  • This restored relationship is based on God’s grace, not our efforts.
  • God invites us to accept His gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
  • A repentant life, a confession of Christ’s Lordship, and baptism by immersion are primary responses of our faith as modeled in the New Testament. (John 3:1-21; Acts 2:37-39, 8:26-39, 10:1-48, 16:11-34, 22:2-16; Rom. 3:21-31, 5:6-11, 6:1-23; I Cor. 6:9-11, 15:1-58; Gal. 3:13-14; Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 9:11-14, 10:10-13; I Pet. 3:18; I John 1:8-10).
About Life in Jesus
  • The Holy Spirit lives by promise in the life of the Christian as God’s pledge and seal of salvation. (John 16:8-11, 13-15; Acts 2:38, 5:3-4; Rom. 8 & 9).
  • The Christian is enabled to grow in spiritual maturity through obedience to the Word of God by the indwelling Spirit. (Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:9-12, 3:12-17). 
  • At death, the Christian’s spirit departs to be with Jesus Christ. At the return of our Lord our bodies will be raised to the likeness of His resurrected body and will live forever in His divine presence in heaven. (Luke 16:19-31; I Thes. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:1-58)