We value God’s Unconditional Love. His Unconditional Love is a "come as you are" Love. A Love without condition or favoritism; completely rooted in Jesus Christ as the ultimate expression and example.
His Love extends beyond emotion to action and reaches to the very core of a person’s being. As Loved people, we seeks to receive and genuinely extend God’s "come as you are" Love.
John 13:34-35; Philippians 1:9; Ephesians 3:17-19; I John 3:9-10, 16, 19
We value Family. God’s Family is Family even if someone does not have a Family. God’s Family is a community of brothers and sisters doing life together – We is better than me! Bonded by Jesus’ blood, Family grows with one another in Jesus, strives for unity and loves enough to compassionately speak truth in love. Though you can’t pick your Family, our hope is that wapaknaz is a Family people want to pick! From infants to seniors, We is better than me!
Proverbs 22:6; John 1:12-13, 13:34-35; Luke 2:52; Romans 12:15-16a; Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:12-13, 15
We value Second Chances. Second Chances run to supernaturally meet us at the point of our need – where we are. Second Chances heal the past, give new life and empower people to walk differently one day at a time. Jesus is our Second Chance as He is Grace. Wapaknaz has been given Grace to extend Grace – Second Chances.
Luke 15:11-31; Matthew 9:9-13; John 4:1-43, 8:1-11; Romans 3:23-24
We value Celebration! There is good news with great joy – “God with us” is constantly doing new things in us. Celebration is genuine and joyful applause directed to God for who He is and His eternal triumphs in people’s lives. The Creator of Celebration desires His joy to fill His people and His joy-filled people to spill joy on people. As it is in Heaven, so it shall be at wapaknaz – Let us rejoice and be glad!
Nehemiah 8:10-12; Psalm 51:12; Zephaniah 3:17; Luke 14:15-24, 15:1-32; Galatians 5:22; Hebrews 10:25; Revelation 19:6-9
We value Service. In the upside down Kingdom of God, greatness comes through humbleness. With a towel and water basin, Jesus set the example. Service is a simple, practical way of extending God’s Unconditional Love. Since belief can only be seen in action and deed, we let our good deeds shine that you may praise the Father in heaven. At wapaknaz, everyone plays!
Matthew 5:14-16, 23:37-40; John 6:1-15, 13:1-17; 1 Corinthians 12:4-14; Philippians 2:3-11
We value Prayer. Prayer is a constant conversation with our Creator that overflows with power to transform hearts, renew minds and navigate daily life. This crucial connection syncs God’s people with the pulse and rhythms of the King and His Kingdom. At wapaknaz, Prayer is our essential lifeline to Jesus – wapaknaz boldly appeals to the God of Heaven in order to storm the gates of hell.
Matthew 6:9-13, 26:36-42; Luke 6:12, 9:28; John 6:11, 17:1-26; Acts 1:14, 2:42, 4:24-32, Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 2:13, 5:17; 1 Timothy 1:3
We value You! You are You and You were made for more! Out of the fullness of God’s love and formed by His hands, You are a divine masterpiece. As a carrier of the Creator’s image, your worth is by birth.
With precision and intention, God made You on purpose for His purpose. At Wapak Naz, You discover You through the One Who made You!
Genesis 1:26-27; Jeremiah 29:11-14; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-16; Ephesians 2:9-10; 1 John 4:19
senior pastor/lead follower
Stephen and Amy moved to Wapakoneta in October 2013. A former teacher and junior high youth director, Stephen was called by God to become a pastor in 2010. He graduated from Cincinnati Christian Bible Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio with a Master of Divinity degree. Stephen and his wife Amy were married in 2010 and enjoy hiking, Ohio State football, and traveling.
Matthew began serving at wapaknaz in October 2017. He received both a Bachelors Degree in Youth Ministry and a Masters of Divinity from Olivet Nazarene University. He also serves as an Army National Guard Chaplain. Matthew and his wife Kris were married in 2012 and have 3 kids, Dean, Oliver, & Quinn! The Kirkpatrick Family loves spending time together playing games, building wooden train tracks, and going for walks in their neighborhood.