Whether you are discovering God for the first time or seeking fresh perspectives on worship and service, you are welcome.
We are a diverse congregation of Spirit-empowered Jesus followers who strives to engage our community.
In these challenging times, now more than ever it’s important to stay connected as a body of believers. We meet weekly for powerful worship and practical messages to help you connect your life to God. Our live stream is hosted weekly on Youtube and Facebook Live starting Sundays at 10:15 a.m. For sermon archives check out our YouTube channel or podcast for sermons on the go.
Bridge Church offers children’s ministry every Sunday morning for children from birth through sixth grade in a loving, caring environment. Children learn about God in fun and exciting ways They learn Bible stories and discover how to apply God’s truth to everyday life. They experience activity-based programs, including games and crafts, that reinforce learning and provide opportunities for peer interactions.
Safety is important to us, so all children’s team members are background checked and trained.
We see our children’s ministry as an extension of the care that children receive from their parents. As such, we take parents’ instructions and directions seriously. Books, music, and age-appropriate exploration form the basis of our program.
Our vision is that every child will be comfortable and that parents will be confident in the care their child receives.
Gary Kellner has the ability to relate to people of diverse cultures and backgrounds and help them leverage their talents to become the people God has created them to be.
As Lead Pastor of Bridge Church, Gary serves as the cultural architect of a team of Jesus followers who are committed to providing every person in Annapolis the good news about Jesus.
Gary brings to Bridge Church a rich and multifaceted background that includes pastoral ministry, missions, university teaching, writing, coaching and mentoring.
Gary is a global leader. He founded the International Center for Christian Leadership (ICCL) in Kyiv, Ukraine which provides in-service training for business, political and religious leaders. Since its opening in 2002, more than 10,000 people have participated in graduate classes, seminars and conferences.
Gary has helped build schools, hospitals and churches, raised millions of dollars to feed the hungry, drill water wells, and shelter the homeless in Ukraine, Africa, Mexico and Central America. He has been deeply involved in efforts to rescue the victims of sex-trafficking in Southern Asia.
Gary’s core commitments are formed by his experience with God through the Holy Spirit and he views every aspect of his service as an expression of God’s call on his life.
We have a simple vision at Bridge Church: Connecting Life to God. And by "life," we are not just talking about one hour a week on Sunday morning! We mean every aspect of our lives.
We exist to worship and follow Jesus. Our mission is to live as Jesus did. We invite everyone to experience the contagious hope and joy that is central to following Jesus.
Each local church expresses who God is in the community in which it ministers and the giftings of the people who gather together to share God’s heart with their city.
As a Sprit-empowered group of Jesus followers, we are orthodox in doctrine, which means we have a deep commitment to historic Christian truth. We also believe that truth has to be expressed in compassionate ways that respond to the challenges of contemporary culture. Every church has the same mission: to know God and make Him known. But different churches accomplish that mission in different ways.
God created human beings to live in community. We need each other to become the people God created us to be. That is why we are committed to following Jesus in community. In today’s connected world that happens both in-person and online.
Our mission is as simple as the last instructions Jesus gave His first followers before He went back to heaven—make disciples. It is our purpose to make sure that every person in our community has the opportunity to encounter Jesus in a personal, life-changing way and then learning to live like Jesus. We do that by loving God, loving our community and sharing our faith.
We are here to serve our city and our world. We do this every day as individuals and as church.
There will always be peripheral doctrines upon which committed Christ followers disagree, and we welcome dialogue on many issues related to Christian faith and life. However, we recognize the importance of having a framework around which we grow in maturity and relate to one another as a community of believers, and we hold the following essentials to be at the core of who we are and what we believe:
We believe in one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is infinite, which does not always make sense to our finite understanding. He is not limited by time or space. He is creator, eternal, all-knowing, ever-present, and all-powerful. His character is multi-dimensional but no facet of His character diminishes another. In other words, His grace and wrath, mercy and justice, love and jealousy all work together for good.
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, worked miracles and gave us an example to follow. Fully God and fully man, He died on a cross to pay the penalty for sin that separated us from God and rose from the dead to reconcile us to our Creator and to free us to have a new life in Him. Now, He sits at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us.
The Holy Spirit is given to every follower of Christ to guide, comfort, convict, and adopt us into the family of God. He helps us grow into Christ-likeness by producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and He gives us spiritual gifts to empower us to meet the needs of God’s people and a hurting world.
Comprised of 66 books authored over thousands of years by dozens of authors, the Bible tells one seamless story: a passionate God on a relentless pursuit to redeem His creation. The Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God and is trustworthy and reliable for telling us what to believe and how to live.
We were created in the image of God to have community with Him and represent Him on earth. However, through a willful act of disobedience, we were separated from Him. The Father sent Jesus to redeem us through an act of atonement which culminated with Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. This gave us the opportunity to trade our sin for His righteousness through faith. Jesus’ sacrifice is the only means for our salvation and reconciliation with the Father.
The Church is the Body of Christ and Jesus is the head of the Body.The Church is not a building or an event but the community of individuals who have put their trust in Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God, make disciples, make Jesus known to a lost world, and meet the needs of those in our communities and around the world. We celebrate baptism as a first step of obedience for new followers of Christ, in which they identify with Christ’s death and resurrection and make a public declaration of their faith. We also celebrate communion as an ongoing remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross and a participation in His life.
When we put our faith in Jesus Christ, it ignites a spiritual chain reaction and produces evidence of our salvation. We are forgiven of sin, declared right before God, and given eternal life with Him. The Holy Spirit is given to assure us of our salvation, adopt us into God’s family, and to live in us and empower us for a life of following Jesus. This results in the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
In the end of all things, Jesus will reign eternally. He will judge His creation according to the character that has been revealed to us through His word with justice and mercy. Those who have found salvation through Jesus Christ will enjoy His presence forever; those who have not will be separated from God for eternity.
Our congregation comes from many different church backgrounds and is strategically aligned with the Assemblies of God, a global fellowship of Spirit-empowered Jesus followers.
Every congregation needs to be accountable for its activities. Our primary accountability should be to Jesus Christ as the head of the church and to His Word. We are also accountable to our Assemblies of God fellowship at a regional and national level in matters of faith and practice. The congregation operates under the guidance of its Elders who are elected by the congregation.
Bridge Church is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt religious nonprofit organization under the Assemblies of God. All gifts are tax-deductible.
Sometimes all of us need prayer as we navigate the challenges of life.
We offer confidential and private prayer every Sunday during and after our service. Our prayer team members are trained and are ready to serve you in this capacity.
We also offer prayer via phone, email, or direct message on our social media pages. Click the I NEED PRAYER button below to receive social distance prayer today.
God has big plans for your life. He cares for you and is intimately involved in your life. We want to help you connect life to God.
If you want to learn more about our church, volunteer or need some extra prayers, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are always ready to listen.