Meet Pastor Jim and Tara Crews

Jim and Tara have both been involved in full-time ministry for the past 20 years. For the past 10 years, they have served as the leaders of a non-denominational church in Las Vegas called Valley Bible Fellowship Of Las Vegas. Under their leadership, the church experienced incredible growth and became one of the largest churches in Las Vegas. Through a series of confirmations over this past year, it became clear to them that God was wanting to take their God-given vision and passion for God’s kingdom and begin a new church campus in the Conejo Valley.


Jim and Tara have three children: Kylee (22 years old), McKenzee (20 years old), and Josiah (17 years old). Some fun facts about the Crews’ family ... This last year, Jim and Tara celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. As a family, they love hanging out with Mickey Mouse and his crew at Disneyland

A Little More On Pastor Jim

Jim was born in Bakersfield, but lived in Oklahoma during his teen years. He came back to California and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before becoming a Pastor at Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield. He served in various capacities while on staff at VBF in Bakersfield, including leading a large high school and college ministry. In 2002, Jim and his father-in-law, Pastor Ron Vietti, launched a new campus in Las Vegas. In 2008, Jim was appointed as the Lead Pastor over the Las Vegas campus. While serving as the Lead Pastor in Las Vegas, Jim began an African Children’s Outreach, ministering to over 500 children in Zambia, Africa. He now serves as a Board Member to a global charity called Children Of God (COG Global), with a vision to begin trade schools in impoverished nations like Zambia. In addition to this, Jim has written articles for various ministry magazines, been a featured speaker at Hume Lake Christian Camp, and has emceed many Christian concerts and festivals. Jim is a sports junkie, but is especially fond of college football, specifically the OU Sooner's football team.  He also has an obsession for 80's music and TV sitcoms (#80sRule).


For Jim's full testimony, please visit his website at changeofheart.org

What We Believe

We believe and identify with the practices, lifestyle, and the doctrines of the early church. We hope, pray, and believe that as the early members of the church touched their world for Jesus Christ, so can we.

 

The Bible

The Holy Bible is the authoritative inspired Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant.

 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26

 

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are co-eternal.

 Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2,14, 10:30; Genesis 1:1,26, 27,3:22; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 9:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; Hebrews 3:7-11; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 5:7

 

Jesus Christ

Jesus is fully God and fully man. He came to earth, was conceived in the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He died and rose again to reconcile all people to God and to free them from the power of sin and the devil. He will return someday and consummate the building of His Kingdom. All who are his bride shall reign with Him. All who reject Him shall suffer eternal destruction.

 Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1,14, 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5

 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. Believers are to always seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

 John 16:5-15; Romans 8:16, 23, 26, 27; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6

 

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.

 John 15:8; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:16; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; Hebrews 2:4; 1 Peter 4:10

 

Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

 Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2

 

Redemption

Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

 Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21; Titus 2:14; Galatians 3:13

 

Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

 Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Romans 3:23-24, 5:1, 6:23, 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Galatians 3:26; Hebrews 9:22; I Tim 2:4; 1 John 2

 

Jesus’ Blood

The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death.

 1 John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29

 

Repentance

Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.

 Acts 2:21, 3:19; John 6:37; 1 John 1:9

 

New Birth

In order to become a child of God, a person must be born again. 

 John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Sanctification

Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2; Hebrews 2:11

 

The Church

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23

 

Sacraments

Water Baptism: Following a person’s declaration of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the bible commands them to be baptized in water. The only form of baptism we practice is believer’s baptism by immersion.

 Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38, 41; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; Romans 6:4

 

Communion: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.

 Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-28

 

Healing of the Sick

Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also listed in scripture as one of the gifts of the Spirit.

 Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29

 

Resurrection

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; those that are saved to the resurrection of life and those that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.

 Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21

 

Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist externally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

 Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:3-4, 41; Mark 9:43-48; John 3:16, 14:2, 17, 17:24; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:9; 2 Corinthians 2:7-9, 5:1; Hebrews 9:27, 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8

 

Second Coming Of Christ

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.

 Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess 4:15-17; 2 Thess 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7