Pastor Mark Self began his ministry at Trinity in August 2014. He is a native of Louisville, KY and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the Kentucky Mountain Bible College in Jackson, KY. With over 27 years experience, Pastor Mark's ministerial experience has included churches in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio. Pastor Mark received ordination in both the Wesleyan Church and Churches of Christ in Christian Union.
His wife Debbie is an Intervention Specialist teacher in Fostoria City's Riley Elementary School. Their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Nate Berkey, work in full-time ministry with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). Their son Nathan recently graduated from Kingswood University with a degree in theology and their daughter Hannah is attending Cleveland State University to study education.
Fostoria Trinity United Brethren Church is affiliated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA, which is Christian, Protestant, and Evangelical in nature and consists of about 400 churches in 15 countries, with a total membership of 37,000.
We believe in the only true God--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These three are one--the Father in the Son, the Son in the Father, and the Holy Ghost equal in essence or being with both. This triune God not only created the heavens and the earth and everything in them, but sustains, governs, protects, and supports it all.
We believe that Jesus Christ is both God and man. He became a man by the power of the Holy Ghost in the Virgin Mary and was born of her. He is the Savior and mediator of the whole human race, if they accept with full faith in Christ the grace offered in him. We believe that Jesus suffered and died on the cross for us, was buried, arose again on the third day, ascended into heaven, and now sits on the right hand of God interceding for us. He will come again at the last day to judge the living and the dead.
We believe that the Holy Ghost is equal in being with the Father and the Son. He comforts the faithful and guides them into all truth.
We believe in the holy Chrisian church, the communion of saints, the resurrection of the body, and eternal life.
We believe that the Bible, Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God. It contains the only true way of salvation. Every true Christian is bound to acknowledge and receive it, with the influence of the Spirit of God, as the only rule and guide. We believe that without faith in Jesus Christ, true repentance, forgiveness of sins, and following after Christ, no one can be a true Christian.
We also believe that what is contained in the Bible--the fall in Adam and the redemption through Jesus Christ--should be preached throughout the world.
We believe that the ordinances--baptism, and the rembrance of the sufferings and death of Christ--are to be used and practiced by all Christian churches. We also believe that all of God's children are to practice these ordinances, but that the manner in which they practice them should always be left to the judgment and understanding of the individual. Whether or not to practice footwashing is also left to the individual. No minister should, either in public or in private, criticize any of his brethren whose judgment and understanding in these respects difffers from his own. Whoever does shall be considered a traducer of his brethren, and shall be answerable for it.