Clear Fork Alliance
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Our Vision


The church in the Bible is not a building, nor is it limited to a time. The people themselves who believe and follow Jesus Christ are the church… 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. We strive to be the kind of church that would maintain its vitality if we were suddenly deprived of our property.


 Our Mission

is to be a vision for the valley & a witness for the world.

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We emphasize FAITH, FAMILY, and FELLOWSHIP above all else and we accept the responsibility to tell others, near and far, by our words and actions, that Jesus Christ is the only hope of the world.


 Our Pastors

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Meet Mike Stine

Dr. Michael Stine was called to serve Clear Fork Alliance Church in March 1984. He graduated from Ohio State in 1974 and received his Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary in 1978. In June of 1984, he was awarded his doctoral degree, also from Ashland.

Pastor Mike married Patricia Maglott of Bellville in 1975. The Stine’s have three daughters; all three are married. Pastor Mike and Pat have three lovely grandsons.

Meet Matt Merendino

Rev. Matt Merendino was called to be our Associate Pastor in August of 1993. His primary area of ministry is with youth. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 1992 and was ordained in the Fall of 1997. Matt and his wife, Missie, were married in 1992 and they have 4 children.


 Our History

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Clear Fork Alliance Church was organized on September 9, 1979. The first service was held in the basement of the First Buckeye Bank in Bellville, with 63 in attendance. On December 12, 1979, the church purchased five acres of land across from the Clear Fork High School, the present location of the church. Construction of the present building was begun in June of 1980, and the first complete worship service was held on February 22, 1981. A Christian Education addition was built in 1989.

The Family Outreach Center was erected in the summer of 1995, and more than doubled the area of our facilities. The Outreach Center features a multi-purpose gymnasium, as well as a youth room and kitchen.


Statement of Faith

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The Alliance Doctrinal Statement

1. There is one God,(1) who is infinitely perfect,(2) existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.(3) ([1] Deuteronomy 6:4, [2] Matthew 5:48, [3] Matthew 28:19)

2. Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man.(4) He was conceived by the Holy…

Read the entire Statement of Faith here.


 Our Denomination

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Our Denomination: The Alliance

How We Started

The Alliance movement began in the 1880s when our founder, Dr. A.B. Simpson, witnessed the physical and spiritual plight of New York City’s homeless, downtrodden, and marginalized populations.

Moved by his great love for Jesus and lost people, Simpson devoted his life to sharing Jesus’ light—in word and deed—with the city and, ultimately, the nations.

Read the full story of our denomination here.