DR. BRUCE MCRAE
Dr. Bruce McRae grew up in Philadelphia and New England, and graduated from college at Washington University in St. Louis. He studied for the ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and he also has a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and an MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the author of a modern english version of the classic book The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall.
Bruce has served in a variety of ministry capacities over the years, including being a teaching pastor, an executive pastor, and a seminary administrator. He is currently an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He is married to Katie McRae, who is an occupational therapist at the Shepherd Center. Bruce and Katie have three children: Calli (born ‘92), Colin (born ’94), and Bonnie (born ’96). In his free time, Bruce loves cycling, movies, music, and football.
Bruce can be reached at .
OUR CORE VALUE
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our ministry. The gospel is the finished and ongoing work of Jesus Christ, in which he reconciles us to God and transforms us by his Holy Spirit. The gospel leads us to fulfill the law of love while living in the full freedom of conscience the gospel gives us. We are not about “religion,” “trying harder and doing better,” or “Jesus plus *something* makes you acceptable to God.” We bring nothing to the table. The gospel alone motivates and empowers us to live in love and gratitude, and to make an impact in our world.
WORSHIP: Connecting to God. Worship is the centerpiece of our ministry. We worship through the Word, song, prayer, and the Lord’s Table, using historic liturgy. We are not here to entertain you, we are here to worship the Lord. We don’t preach inspirational words to get you through your week. We preach things you CAN’T do on your own. Which is why we end each service at the Lord’s Table. So you can commune with Christ who alone CAN enable you to do anything good.
GROWTH: Connecting to Christ and to one another. The gospel leads us to grow spiritually deep in our faith. Our union with Christ leads us to live by his “means of grace:” the word of God, prayer, worship, and the sacraments. We gather to learn and grow together in community. Despite our differences, we welcome others "just as Christ welcomed us” (Romans 15:7). We bear each other’s burdens and care for each other spiritually, relationally, and physically.
IMPACT: Connecting to our world through gospel words and deeds. We are called to engage our culture to show the love of Jesus to people who need him. We equip people to live out their faith in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. God is restoring his fallen creation, so we care for the poor, the needy, the orphan, and the widow. In a world that is divided and broken, we seek to bring reconciliation and healing. “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14).
The Bible is God’s Word, completely true, our only authority for what we believe and how we live.
There is one God, who exists in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Humanity is created in the image of God and clothed with great dignity. Yet at the same time, we are fallen and broken, and in need of the grace of God to save us and change us.
Jesus Christ is the eternal son of God, yet fully human as well. He lived a perfect life, he died on the cross, he rose again from the dead, and he ascended into heaven and reigns at the Father’s right hand.
We are saved by faith alone, not by good works. Good works are the result of living by faith in Christ.
The church is the body of Christ, the central way he reaches the world with his gospel. The church is the place where Christians belong to worship, to grow, and to serve God and others.
Jesus Christ will come again to judge the world, and he will recreate a new heaven and a new earth, where all of those who believe in him will live forever.