Clear Fork Alliance, A 24/7 Church

Our Vision

continue to be a 24/7 church.

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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

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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

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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 Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.(5) He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust,(6) as a substitutionary sacrifice,(7) and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.(8) He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.(9) He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest.(10) He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.(11) ([4] Philippians 2:6–11, [5] Luke 1:34–38, [6] I Peter 3:18, [7] Hebrews 2:9, [8] Romans 5:9, [9] Acts 2:23–24, [10] Hebrews 8:1, [11] Matthew 26:64)

3. The Holy Spirit is a divine person,(12) sent to dwell, guide, teach, empower the believer,(13) and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.(14) ([12] John 14:15–18, [13] John 16:13, Acts 1:8, [14] John 16:7–11)

4. The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.(15) ([15] 2 Peter 1:20–21, 2 Timothy 3:15–16)

5. Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God:(16) he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature,(17) are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.(18) The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment;(19) and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.(20) ([16] Genesis 1:27, [17] Romans 3:23, [18] 1 Corinthians15:20–23, [19] Revelation 21:8, [20] Revelation 21:1–4)

6. Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.(21) ([21] Titus 3:4–7)

7. It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly,(22) being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.(23) This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.24 ([22] 1 Thessalonians 5:23, [23] Acts 1:8, [24] Romans 6:1–14)

8. Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body.(25) Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.(26) ([25] Matthew 8:16–17, [26] James 5:13–16)

9. The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, (27) which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations.(28) The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.(29) ([27] Ephesians 1:22–23, [28] Matthew 28:19–20, [29] Acts 2:41–47)

10. There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life;(30) for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.(31) ([30] 1 Corinthians 15:20–23, [31] John 5:28–29)

11. The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent(32) and will be personal, visible, and premillennial.(33) This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.(34) ([32] Hebrews 10:37, [33] Luke 21:27, [34] Titus 2:11–14)


 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.

Our calling remains unchanged. We are committed to being points of light—sharing good news to the poor, comforting the brokenhearted, proclaiming freedom for the captives and releasing prisoners from darkness—all in Jesus’ Name. We’re a people with an uncompromising drive to go!

Our Mission

In The Alliance, we are all about Jesus, and our mission is to fulfill His final request on this earth—The Great Commission. We also refer to it as the Call. We are people of action. But we know that completing our mission successfully requires a healthy blend of “being” and “doing.”

Our Logo

The Christian and Missionary Alliance symbols of the cross, laver, pitcher and crown represent to us the fullness of Christ’s life to us as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King.

The cross speaks of Christ’s death as the only sacrifice for our sins. To know Christ as Savior, we must admit we have sinned and accept Christ into our heart.

The laver represents sanctification, the cleansing power which Christ will give to every believer who will seek the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

The pitcher of anointing oil reminds us that Christ provides not only healing for our souls, but also for the afflictions of the mind and body.

The crown symbolizes Christ’s promise to return to earth and reign as King of kings and Lord of Lords.