About Us

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a church that passionately seeks to encounter God's grace, experience true community, and ultimately engage the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Encounter God's Grace

Our church has been and continues to be a place of healing, hope, and restoration. We believe MCC is a place through which many will come and continue to encounter God's grace, through worship, prayer, the preaching of the Word, etc. We believe God's grace comes to us, through corporate worship, prayer, and the Word.

Experience Community

Some have said, "our middle name is community." Over the past year, our emphasis has been on building a sense of community among our congregation. It is our passion to see people get connected with one another, through community group opportunities (discipleship) and acts of service. We believe God's grace works in us, as we gather in community and serve the church.

Engage the World

Ultimately, we seek to see people come to Christ. Jesus commissioned his followers to, "go and make disciples." We are compelled by God's love for us, to share the love of Jesus with others, outside the walls of the church. We believe God's grace flows through us, as we seek to engage the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Our Values

Our Core Values are those enduring, non-negotiable principles that guide our decisions and actions as a church.

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  • The Bible

    We are committed to the Bible as our ultimate authority and sufficient, infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. It's timeless truth, when presented in a loving spirit and received with an open heart, is a powerful catalyst for lasting life change.

  • Outreach

    We believe that the answer to man's basic needs is found in a restored personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ. To this end, we are committed to sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ with the world.

  • Grace

    We believe that His grace alone, not our effort or accomplishments, is the basis for eternal life, freedom from sin's control, lasting change in an individual's character, and fruitful service. We are committed to celebrating that grace and fostering an environment that reflects the love, acceptance, and forgiveness of Christ.

  • Dependence on God

    We believe that we are utterly dependent on God for all that we are and all that we have, and we are committed to seeking the direction and leading of the Holy Spirit at every level of ministry and leadership in our church. We are committed to keeping prayer at the center of our church life, in all our activities and decisions.

  • Worship

    We believe that worship services should be designed to help people meaningfully experience God's presence through worship of God, the ministry of the World, and the fellowship of the saints.

  • Authentic Relationships

    We believe that spiritual growth is best accomplished is the context of healthy, loving, and authentic relationships. We encourage everyone to join one of our many small groups or ministry teams, where believers help one another live out their faith by encouraging, praying, serving and learning together.

  • Serving

    We believe that every Christ-follower has a unique and valuable contribution to make toward accomplishing the purpose of God. We want to help people discover their God-given design, develop their God-given gifts, and experience their gifts in meaningful service to others.

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Our Beliefs

How we view the Bible, God, Christ, Salvation, and more.

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  • Bible

    We believe the Bible is the only infallible and inspired Word of God, the final authority and standard for faith and practice.

  • God

    We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • Salvation

    We believe that mankind is lost and alienated from God because of sin. Through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, man is restored to favor and fellowship with God.

  • Eternity

    We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost to stand before God in judgment: they that are saved to be eternally united with God in blessing and eternal life, and they that are lost to be eternally separated from God in punishment and eternal death.

  • Church

    We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and deeply grieve over the division and disharmony in the Body of Christ. We seek to cooperate with all believers, regardless of denomination, to further the purposes of God in the earth. With regard to doctrine: In essentials, we seek unity; in non-essentials, we encourage liberty; in all things, we promote charity (love).

  • Jesus Christ

    We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death for the forgiveness of sins, in His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to reign in power and glory.

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Our Pastors

Meet our team

Lee Grzywinski

Lead Pastor

Pastor Lee has been in ministry since 2006. He loves God and is passionate about teaching His Word. He has served as a Worship Leader, Youth Pastor, Bible Study Leader, and Senior Pastor. He holds a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Bethany Bible College and an M.Div. from Reformed Baptist Seminary. He lives in Nutley with his wife Jenine, and their three daughters Olivia, Isabella, and Emma.

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Eric Temple

Associate Pastor

Since Eric was 5 years old he has been attending Montclair Community Church. During high school, God made it clear to him that he wanted me to work with youth. Eric has spent many summers working at Camp Orchard Hill and other youth ministries where God has made it even clearer that He wanted Eric in youth ministry. This calling led him to attend Cairn University where he graduated with a Bachelor's in Youth and Family Ministry and a Masters in Counseling. When Eric graduated he was glad to see that God was calling him back to serve at MCC!

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