What we Believe
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Old and New Testaments pointing to Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
We believe that there is one God, eternally revealed to the world in the Father; the Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Spirit. By Him all things were created.
We believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to redeem all of mankind. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life on this earth, performed many undeniable miracles, was crucified for our sins, buried, and was raised from the dead so we could be made right before God. By the name of Jesus Christ, and His name only, can mankind be saved. Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of the Father and will return personally in power and glory to receive His church unto Himself.
We believe that mankind is sinful by nature and will perish without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as revealed in His gospel. God wishes that no one should perish, but that all would come to this saving knowledge through the preaching of the gospel to a lost and hopeless world.
We believe in the multi-faceted work of the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin, revelation of the truth of the gospel of Christ, drawing the sinner to God, adoption of mankind into the Body of Christ through regeneration, and the distribution and administration of the Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life.
We believe that the local church is a place where believers gather together for edification, teaching from the Word of God, and ministry to and through each other according to their spiritual gift. The local church provides identity to its members as well as encouragement, interdependence, fellowship, correction, and discipline.
North Pownal Congregational church is a member of the Baptist Convention of New England.
Pastor Michael Carrel lives in Pownal and works as a Paramedic with the Pownal Rescue Squad and is also a volunteer firefighter with Pownal Valley Fire Department. Married to Katherine. They have three children: Samuel, Laurae, and Claire.
He is committed to preaching the truth of the Scripture and also to reaching people for Jesus. He graduated from Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, VT with a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies.