Founded in August of 2009 by Pastors Bart and Sonja Williams, the Pavilion Church was formed as a covering without limitations for the many ministries of this Body of Christ for such a time as this.
Pavilion /pə-’vil-yən/ noun
- an open building used for shelter, exhibits, celebrations, reunions etc.
- a covering in a beautiful garden.
- structure that has no walls allowing a breeze or fresh air to flow.
- a place to praise and worship openly.
Ps 27:5 "For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock."
The four foundational truths found in Jesus’ prayer in John 17 are the distinguishing characteristics of the Pavilion Church. Our Lord Jesus prayed this passionate, synoptic prayer to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane (meaning 'to press’) under the most extreme circumstances the night before his crucifixion.
This description is a depiction of what church should feel like. A place to celebrate God, a reunion with friends and our Lord Jesus Christ. A structure with no walls (limitations) on the way God wants to move in our world. A shelter for the lost and a covering for those needing protection and rest, covering for everyone who is seeking God.
We, as the Pavilion Church, believe that Love is the first foundation – learning to love unconditionally. We believe that Truth is specific in the Word of God, as Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Leadership starts with the family, our jobs, schools and areas of influence. Relationship is the fulfillment of love, truth and leadership. Relationship is the ultimate purpose of life, as all flows back to the purpose of God sending His Son reflected in building relationships with others.
In doing so, we build strong families, restore relationships, relate to others and create an atmosphere of anticipation for God to dwell. We choose to reignite the true purpose of 'religion’ found in James 1:27 "Pure undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."