Family Church is a non-denominational church located in Erie, PA. With contemporary worship, solid Bible-based teaching and great ministries for people of all ages, Family Church is a safe place for your whole family.
The vision for Family Church Erie actually started in 2015 under the direction of the Pastor Tim Stahlman of Family Church Jamestown through the vision of Rev. Michael J. Lokietek. After many appointments with failed results of finding a location the Lord led Pastor Tim to the Amish Buggy building located on Peach St. in Erie, PA.
Family Church Erie held its grand opening service inside their new building located on 6075 Peach St. before being forced to ceased holding services until the building code was up to par. A recording setting crowd of around 117 total attendees showed up.
For the entire 2016 year Family Church Erie earned its stripes by holding service in the Hilton Hotel every Saturday night at 7 P.M. Finally at the end of 2016 with 1 1/2 months to go before the end of the year stamps of approval and inspection came through. Construction began Thanksgiving week 2016.
Construction continued all the way until the last week of December with the city requesting more and more to be done it delayed the Grand Opening back to Family Church Erie’s Christmas Eve Service. With the completion of the cities request during the last week Family Church Erie obtained the permit needed to hold service before the New Year. On December 24th, 2016 Family Church Erie held its Grand Opening in their NEW building (the former Amish Buggy). The church has its eyes set on the future and declaring the Word of the Lord to the people of Erie and beyond.
What We Believe
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)
Our God is one, but manifested in three persons— the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. (Phil. 2:6) God the Father is greater than all; the sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter. (John 14:28; John 16:28 John 1:14) The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning. (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14) The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal. (John 15:26)
Man, His Fall and Redemption:
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God. But through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. “… all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “…There is none righteous, no, not one.” Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. (Rom. 5:12-15; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; 1 John 3:8) Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. (Eph. 2:8-10) ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH—Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced produces eternal life. (2 Cor. 7:10; 1 John 5:12; John 3:3-5)
Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36-39) The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted; to wit: “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”
Baptism in the Holy Ghost:
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the New Birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance. (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38, 39; Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4)
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return. (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Cor. 1:30)
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today. (Mark 16:18; James 5:14,15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt. 8:17; Isa. 53:4, 5)
Resurrection of the Just, and the Return of Jesus Christ:
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “…the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16,17) Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years. (Rev. 20:6)
Hell and Eternal Retribution:
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God. (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19:20)
Family Church Erie is a place to get answers for your life. We strongly believe that we don’t change the Bible the Bible changes us.
Family Church Erie is a safe place with ministries that every person in the family can enjoy.
At Family Church Erie, we know that everyone wants a place to fit in; to belong. We expect there to be great growth within the church within the next year. Because of that, we are planning to setup a number of great ministry programs aimed to get you around your peers and get involved in the church. We believe that the church is a place to form lifelong friendships and bonds with those of like faith, so each group is catered to a certain age group to develop those relationships. For more information on upcoming ministries go to our contact page or visit us for a service. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. You may also want to join our communications lists.
Nursery is available during our Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Little Adventurers is available during our Saturday night service for children ages 3 and 4.
Kingdom Adventures is available during our Saturday night service for children ages 5 and 6. Ages 7 and older our in the main service.
Family Church Erie currently has no official staff members. All who help make Family Church Erie work, serve and travel from Family Church Jamestown for each service to help change lives.
Pastors Tim and Katy Stahlman
Pastors Tim and Katy live in Jamestown with their sons, Timothy and Michael. They are both 1997 graduates of Jamestown High School, 1999 graduates of Jamestown Community College, and 2002 graduates of Fredonia State University. Pastor Tim has also completed work in a Masters program along with Bible courses from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2004, Pastor Tim accepted a full time teaching position at Rogers Elementary School in Jamestown; a position that he held until 2006 when he resigned to accept the pastorate at Family Church Jamestown, NY. Then, Pastor Katy Stahlman was ordained in July of 2011. Pastor Tim has studied under long time senior pastor and former New York State RMAI director, Rev. Michael J. Lokietek of Fredonia. He is also the author of a newspaper column called “The Bible Today” and is the featured minister on the “I Believe!” radio program that airs on several AM and FM radio frequencies around Southwestern New York and Northwest Pennsylvania. Pastor Tim released his first book early in 2011, which focuses on the importance of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and another in 2014 on marriage.
Rev. Tony L. Jones – Worship Director
Formerly of Faith Family Church in Canton, Ohio, Rev. Tony has recently been added to the staff of Family Church as Worship Director. He and his wife, Rev. Vanessa are gifted vocalists. Rev. Tony leads on the keyboard. Together, they are used to usher in the presence of the Lord. Praise and worship has been greatly enhanced with their arrival.
Karinne Nalbone – Bookkeeper
Karinne moved from Brazil in 1997 to attend Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she met her husband Rev. Randy. After that, they moved to Fredonia where she has been part of Family Church (then Bible Christian Fellowship) since 1998. She started serving in housekeeping and served in the youth ministry for 4 years. In 2003 she and her husband, Rev. Randy helped P. Michael Lokietek as he founded Family Church Jamestown. They pioneered the Ultimate! Youth Group and served as senior youth leaders for 7 years. Karinne was hired in February 2008 as the church bookkeeper.
Heather Moniot – Office Manager
Heather has been a part of Family Church Jamestown since 2006. She started serving in the nursery shortly thereafter. In 2012, she was asked to be on staff part time as the Assistant Office Manager. In the same year, she was asked to serve as a vocalist on the worship team where she still currently serves. Heather completed the Family Church Ministry Training Center two year program as Salutatorian in 2014. On January 1, 2016 Heather was promoted to Office Manager of Family Church Jamestown. Prior to becoming full time at the church, she has had a background in business. She graduated among the top 5% of her class from Chautauqua Lake Central School in 2002. She graduated with high honors and an Associates Degree from JCC in 2004.
Bobby Angilella – Head of Marketing & Communications
Bobby has attended Family Church Jamestown since moving back to the area from Louisville, KY in 2012. He has always had a drive to help grow and connect the church and its members through creative new technology and mediums. He has served in the Audio Visual department since 2012 and started on staff part time with Family Church at the end of 2014. IT, marketing and communications are his main focuses here at the church. He currently is enrolled in the Family Church Ministry Training Center program. Bobby’s background comes from small business, fortune 500, entrepreneurship and property ownership. He holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Jamestown Community College (2006) and a Bachelors Degree from SUNY Fredonia (2008) with a concentration in management.
The Family Churches
The Family Churches began in Fredonia, NY under the ministry of Rev. Michael Lokietek. As the Fredonia church grew, Rev. Lokietek felt a call from God to begin to plant churches throughout the northeast region of the United States. Today, there are eight Family Church locations, each set up with full time pastors:
New York Churches
Fredonia – Pastors Michael and Nancy Lokietek
Jamestown – Pastors Tim and Katy Stahlman
South Dayton – Pastor Mike and Courtney Anderson
Olean – Pastor Mike and Courtney Anderson
Tonawanda – Pastors Chris and Chrystal Herman
Mayville – Pastors Jeff and Renee Mitchener
Warren – Pastor Rita and Mike Moniot
North East – Pastors Tim and Penny Pilarski
Family Church Erie – Pastors Tim and Katy Stahlman
Spain – Additionally, the Family Churches support an international work in Burgos, Spain headed up by Revs. Rich and Daphne Walker.
It is the heart of Rev. Lokietek, and all the Family Church pastors, to see the Bible taught to this region in a way that brings light and revelation to everyone. Currently, there are over 40 graduates of the ministry school held at Family Church Jamestown, NY. as of 2014. As of the beginning of 2016 there are over 45 students enrolled in current Ministry Training Class.