Who We Are
We are a church that is all about good news. We know that life can be nuts. So we help people find stability and hope in this crazy world by sharing good news every week. We’re learning how to follow the way of Jesus together. We’re people with many differences, united not by our politics or our preferences, but by our shared need for the grace of God. No matter what your background is, we’d love for you to visit!
What We Value
- Worship: The whole-life response to the glory of God (Psalm 96).
- Community: The family of God formed by faith in Christ (Acts 2:42-47).
- Ministry: Loving service that meets needs and builds up the body of Christ (Eph 4:11-16).
- Mission: Sharing the gospel of Jesus in word and deed with a world that is lost without him (Mt 28:18-20).
What We Do
As a church, we gather weekly for Worship (Sundays at 10:00 am) both online and in-person. We share the story of who God is, what He has done, and what He is doing today through His Son, Jesus Christ. We passionately and joyfully worship together in response to the good news of Jesus.
Throughout the week, we offer a variety of Ministries including Community Groups, Classes, Men’s/Women’s Ministry events and groups, Youth Group (middle/high school), and Gospel Kids Midweek (elementary-aged kids) to help people grow in their faith and friendships with one another. Be sure to check our events page to stay in the loop.
To facilitate these ministries, we have a number of Ministry Teams including our Worship, Kids Ministry, Student Ministry, Men’s/Women’s Ministry, and Hospitality Teams. Would you like to serve? We could use your help!
Finally, to serve people in need in our community, every month (on the 4th Sunday of the month) we serve dinner at the Pillars Adult Homeless Shelter. There are many ways to get involved at Appleton Gospel Church!
Appleton Gospel Church began in 2010 as a small group of 35 people led by David and Holly Parks. Meeting in the upper rooms of the former Harmony Cafe, they dreamed of a church that would love and serve the city of Appleton in Jesus’ name; a church where people could follow Jesus and help others do the same; a church that would be all about good news.
On Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, Appleton Gospel Church launched publicly. Almost exactly two years later, on April 12, 2013, Appleton Gospel Church was welcomed into the EFCA as a full-member church and has been involved in partnership through giving and on-going church planting ever since. Appleton Gospel Church moved into its current building facility one month before the COVID-19 shutdown in early 2020.
No matter who you are, what you’ve done, or what you believe, we would love for you to join us as we learn to follow Jesus together in life.
Rev. David Parks is the founding pastor of Appleton Gospel Church, founder of Good News For Leaders, author of 5 Things Every Kid Needs To Hear (Over and Over), husband of Holly, and dad of three kids. Ordained in the EFCA. Located in Appleton, WI. Personal mission: to help people find stability and hope in this crazy world by sharing good news every week.
MINISTRY TEAM LEADERS
- Deb Gandy – Director of Women’s Ministry
- Peggy Brinkmann – Hospitality
- Holly Parks & Rachel Radtke – Kid’s Ministry
- Nichole Hopfensperger – Bookkeeping
- David Parks – Preaching, Worship, Student Ministry