Get to Know Village Church East

At Village Church, we build Disciples and Churches who…


Every ministry in our church is continually seeking to bring the gospel of Jesus to our friends, family, neighbors, city, and world. This is our mission because it is Jesus’ mission. It is our identity.


From our baptism services to our Q & A podcast, we intentionally grow together as a church as we learn more about who Jesus is and our role as believers in the world.


When we follow Jesus’ mission to go and grow, we are faced with powerful resistance. With God’s Spirit living in us, we have His power to overcome the world, sin, and the devil.

What We Believe at Village Church

We know you likely have some questions about specific things we believe and profess here at Village Church. Here are the big ideas, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.


We believe the Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself, salvation, and godly living; without error, inspired by God, and authoritative over all people.


We believe in one God, the Creator of all things; eternally co-existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is equal in every divine perfection, yet carries out distinct but harmonious offices in Their work.


We believe that God created humanity in His own image and after His likeness to rule over the earth, but because of sin we are separated from God. Therefore all people since Adam are born spiritually dead, stand condemned and are in need of salvation. Jesus is the only answer.


We believe that Jesus Christ died in our place for our sin on the cross. Faith in Jesus’ deity, atoning death, and victorious resurrection is the only way we can be saved.


The Universal Church is made up of all individuals who believe in the saving power of Jesus and who are joined together by the Holy Spirit. Every believer should engage in a local church, participate in the Great Commission, and practice the ordinances of baptism and communion.


We believe that Jesus will soon return personally, bodily, and visibly in power and glory to judge the living and the dead. Those who trust in Jesus will live and reign with Him on the new earth forever, while those who reject Jesus will perish in Hell forever.


We believe that every person matters infinitely to God. Therefore, the Church must protect the sanctity of life, gender, sexuality, singleness, marriage, and the family.

Meet the Village Church Staff

Michael Fuelling Lead Pastor

Craig Jarvis

Lead Pastor

Craig’s ministry focus and passion is that of discipleship and leadership training. A native Canadian, he is known for his animated teaching style and love for communicating biblical truth into life-changing insights for daily Christian living. Craig holds graduate degrees in Bible and communication as well as a Master of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has been an adjunct professor at Cornerstone University, a keynote speaker at many conferences and retreats, and a leader of dozens of cross-cultural trips for churches and mission agencies. Craig has served as youth pastor for almost a decade and as senior pastor for the last seventeen years. Craig is an avid fly fisherman and golfer but finds his most joyful moments spent with his family. Craig and his wife Beth have been blessed with four beautiful daughters.


Brent Amato

Village Church East Elder

John Nawrocki

Directional Team and VCE Elder

Michael Fuelling Lead Pastor

Craig Jarvis

Lead Pastor & VCE Elder

The History of Village Church East

The story of Village Church East began in a living room on the west side of Bartlett. In the autumn of 2015, a diverse group of twenty-five people began meeting together for a Bible study in Craig and Beth Jarvis’ living room on Wednesday nights. On February 26th 2017, Village Church East celebrated their official grand opening!  God had transformed a small group of faithful believers who were meeting in a living room into a growing congregation!  We invite you to come join Village Church East and witness God’s goodness firsthand as He continues to grow His church.