The independent, freewill church began in 2008 by Donier and his wife Jennine who were seeking a church that was true to the teachings of Jesus.
According to the church’s “Doctrinal Focus” its mission can be summed up in Romans 12:1, which reads, “I exhort you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
AJ said the worship format is unlike a typical church.
“We’re more of a Bible study group,” AJ said. “We’re not there to preach to people.”
He said he typically delivers a 15-minute sermon and then allows time for questions and dialogue.
Ekklesia, which follows the Sabbath, meets at 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Between 12 and 15 people typically attend the worship service.
“We’re letting God take this wherever he wants it to go,” AJ said. “It will grow however how he wants it to grow.”
AJ, who also works as a substitute teacher, said he’s been studying the Bible and praying his entire life, following God’s commandment to “test everything” (1 Thess. 5:21). He said he’s sharing what he’s learned during that journey with his congregation.
Jennine said anyone interested in visiting can find a welcoming church home, “If they come with an open mind and heart and are willing to learn…They’ll find a place where they’re not cornered or questioned.”
Ekklesia hopes to have its own building in the future, but for now gathers at 9410 E. Sprague.