Welcome From Pastor David Stiles

I'm glad you've come to check out our church online.

At Curryville, we are a FAMILY.  We are many generations worshiping and serving together. Curryville Church is a community of disciples who have each other's back.

A New/Old Way to Do Church

As pastor, my mission is simple:  I was called to make disciples who follow Jesus passionately.

My role model for my mission was pretty radical during His 3 years of ministry.  His name is Jesus of Nazareth.   He taught in large groups and small groups, wherever He went.  Jesus also made meaningful relationships and invested in people.

That’s my goal and here’s how I do it:  On Sunday mornings I offer my main message of the week.  Beyond that, I offer opportunities every week for people to interact with me face to face in a smaller setting.

1. Sunday Morning after worship. 

2. 2nd Shift – Monday evenings at 7:00pm. -  A small, very informal “alternative” gathering for adults.  The message is presented via a conversation, in our schoolhouse building.

Sunday Morning Small Groups

In these smaller settings, we really get the conversations rolling and questions are welcome.

Real, living faith in God is ours through a relationship with Jesus.  And our only real source of hope, that can’t be taken away from us.

Christian Faith has NOTHING to do with the traditions of man or the “religious” things you may have been told to do.  I understand that many folks have had bad experiences in churches.  I’ve been here 18 years, made many mistakes and learned from them.

We aren’t perfect, so we are willing to welcome you just as you are.  You can be in the middle of a divorce, wearing ripped jeans and covered in tattoos and we will welcome you.

Christianity is often attacked and joked about, but Jesus is like those punching bags my friends and I had in childhood.  No matter how many times you punch Him, He just keeps popping back up again.

Dark times come upon people who turn away from Him.  He is our creator, so that’s just a natural consequence.

The Christian faith has been under attack since it began.  Remember, Jesus was crucified and most of the original church leaders were also put to death.

I take the Bible as the absolute, unchanging WORD OF GOD. Together, we take it and learn the ways of Jesus. It is through Him that we get into heaven, but also into a more joyful way of living right here and now as we move closer and closer to living according to His plan for our lives.

When Jesus called His first followers, He used words like “follow me” and “come and see.”
So, we invite you to “come and see” with us as we continue our journey of following Jesus.

Here then, are my CORE beliefs:

1. God, of the Judeo Christian Bible Created all things.
2. Mankind fell from God’s Perfect Creation
3. Jesus is the only way to return to right relationship with God
4. True repentance means change
5. The Bible is the absolute Word of God {Moral issues are clearly covered}
6. The Holy Spirit was sent to guide us & provide His gifts
7. The Lord Jesus will return.

As Augustine said:  "In essentials, unity.  In nonessentials, liberty. In all things charity."

If you are a church "insider," you might like to know who I listen to in the world of preaching: Joby Martin,  Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, Ravi Zacharias, Tony Evans,  Francis Chan and Steven Furtick.

My Christian Journey:
I would identify myself as a "Graceful Conservative." If you look at my "Core" beliefs above, the conservative side of Theology is where I am. My history of life as a Christian has taken several unique twists.
Here's the short version. When I was born, my parents were attending a Church of the Brethren. However, for most of my childhood and youth we went to a Lutheran Church. In college my wife and I attended and got married in a Spirit Filled United Methodist Church. Once we landed in this area, we attended a Grace Brethren Church for 5 or 6 years. After that, I was called to be an Asst. Pastor at Altoona Full Gospel Church. Then, I accepted the call to Curryville Church in late 2000. So, I have seen Christianity in various traditions.

We live in a time when the true Church of Jesus Christ is not about denominations, but it comes to life where the Gospel is preached and the Holy Spirit is welcomed.  We are seeing a "New Reformation" in America and that is a VERY good thing.

The Bible I use and recommend, ESV Study Bible

I also support The Apostle's Creed (as it appears below)

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.


I have joined with Evangelicals around America and signed the Nashville Statement on Biblical marriage and sexuality.

These 2 groups are great resources & my approach to teaching & theology

 is close to theirs. Click to check them out.

How to become a Christian.

Christianity is not a Religion.

It is a Relationship with Jesus, who lived the only perfect life, free from sin.

When Jesus was on earth, He was God in a human body.

The journey as a Christian does not begin when we try to become better people.

It actually begins when we realize that we can’t pull that off alone. WELCOME You, Holy Spirit, into my life to
The Bible makes that clear.

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.”
To have peace with God, we need to understand the He did all the hard work.

16“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16

On our own, our self-nature will eventually take us in the wrong direction.
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So, to be “saved” and become a follower of Jesus, a person needs to prayerfully accept this free gift from God.

That’s how we start. When we become a Christian, we are part of God’s family.

Our church family is a work in progress, and we are here to help one another on that journey.

A prayer to Accept Jesus Christ as your savior.

Dear God,
I confess that I am a sinner in need of forgiveness.

I declare with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead

I receive You, Jesus, as my Lord and my Savior

I invite You, Holy Spirit, into my life to empower me to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.


Pastor Dave would be more the happy to discuss this with you.