About Celebration

Welcome to Celebration Church!

Celebration Church is a blend of many different generations, cultures, countries, and walks of life sharing one common theme: Worshipping God. Worship summarizes all that we do as we live for God, but on Sundays we express our worship to God together through music, prayer, reflection, giving, and by learning Biblical principles that help us grow in our faith and become stronger followers of Jesus.

We believe in celebrating Jesus, life and you!

Whether you are a spiritual seeker who’s just starting to ask questions about God or a committed Christian who wants to deepen the roots of your faith even deeper, you can find a home at Celebration Church.

Sam Belisle – Lead Pastor

Sam Belisle – Lead Pastor

Pastor Sam has committed his life to leading, developing, serving, and ministering to others.  He began his journey as a Youth Pastor serving in several churches where he developed successful ministries. After several years of youth ministry, God called him to serve as a Lead Pastor. He began his pastoral ministry in Virginia, and God led Him to Celebration in 1995. Pastor Sam is known as a caring and loving shepherd to those at Celebration, and also to those in the Roanoke Valley and beyond. He has dedicated nearly 25 years to training, developing and raising up people who serve in ministry. Pastor Sam’s greatest desire is to win the lost to Christ and encourage people to grow in their relationship with God. His highest priority and joy in life is his family including his wife, Susan, son – Josh, daughter – Jennifer, and his grandkids.

Sam Belisle Pastor Sam is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, Cleveland, TN.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Lee University and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from the Master’s Graduate School of Divinity, an affiliate of Trinity University.

Susan Belisle – Discipleship Pastor

Susan Belisle – Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Susan’s passion is to encourage, equip, and empower people to live an abundant life and powerfully impact the Kingdom. After working many years in the business world, God called Susan to a life of full-time ministry. She ministers both inside and outside of Celebration Church. At Celebration, she currently leads women’s ministries, provides oversight of the worship and arts ministries, and also develops and mentors leaders. Outside the walls of Celebration, Susan ministers to women through her speaking, teaching, mentoring, coaching, and writing, Susan has a heart for and calling to minister to Pastor’s wives.   She is passionate about promoting wellness in spirit, soul, and body. Susan also enjoys traveling and ministering internationally. More than her love for ministry, is her love for her family.

Pastor Susan is a credentialed minister with the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Lee University and a Master’s degree in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University.

Gregory Miller – Student Pastor

Gregory Miller – Student Pastor

Pastor Greg’s passion is to build a gospel-advancing ministry. After 19 years of volunteer ministry, God called him to serve as Associate/Student Pastor at Celebration Church beginning in 2015. Pastor Greg is known for his passion and providing pastoral care to the lost and hurting. His motto is “ I want to get in the ditch with people and just be with them.” He has dedicated over 21 years to developing and equipping lay leaders in the church. His primary calling in life is to his wife, Sunny, daughters Eliana and Alexia, and his son, Hunter.

Pastor Greg is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. He has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministries from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Terry Kemp – Children’s Pastor

Terry Kemp – Children’s Pastor

Pastor Terry is in his 18th year of service as Children’s Pastor of Celebration Church. His dedication and passion to disciple children in their relationship with Jesus Christ is the driving force in his ministerial calling. Pastor Terry has been blessed to teach, mentor, and build lasting relationships with countless numbers of children in his 40 years of involvement in Children’s Ministry, and he considers children to be God’s most beloved creation! He was awarded by the Church of God the esteemed “Shepherd’s Cup” in 1995 for lifetime achievement in Children’s Ministry. Pastor Terry has conducted numerous Kids Crusades, been the speaker at Youth camps, and served with his Clown & Ministry Team. As priority, the joy and happiness of his life is his wonderful wife, Tammy, and their two children, Zachary and Hannah, who are all involved in music ministry.

Pastor Terry is a credentialed minister with the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. He is also a 1987 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in History.

Michelle Surgeon – Children’s Director

   

Michelle Surgeon – Children’s Director

Michelle has served the Lord since her early teen years, and has attended Celebration Church for more than 20 years. During that time, she has served in various administrative roles and also taught children the Word of God. She currently oversees Celebration’s Nursery – Preschool ministries, coordinates children’s Bible classes, and also teaches. Her desire is to continuously be a student of the Word, to know more of God, and to encourage children and families in their personal walk with the Lord. Michelle is most passionate about family life with her husband, son and daughter.

Prior to church ministry, Michelle first worked in law office administration and then as an accountant. Her Bachelor’s Degree is from Strayer College in northern Virginia. After having children, Michelle stepped out of these areas and dedicated her time and energy to her family and ministry.

Sunny Miller – After School Director

   

Sunny Miller – After School Director

Pastor Sunny currently serves as the Director of Celebrate KIDS! After School Program. Sunny has more than 18 years of church leadership experience including: jail ministry, preaching/teaching ministry, leadership training and discipleship, Christian Education Pastor, administrator of student ministries, youth pastor, singles pastor, and young adult pastor. She has a passion for discipleship, worship, and loving the people of God. She is a gifted teacher and writer and is a published author and the co-author or Journey with Jeannette and Outside the Gates: The Need for the Theology, History, and Practice of Chaplaincy Ministry. Sunny’s highest priority is to her family – husband, Gregory, daughters , Eliana and Alexia, and her son, Hunter.

Pastor Sunny is an ordained minister with the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. She is a graduate of Ashland University with a BA in Religious Studies. She also completed a Master of Arts in Christian Education and a MA in Biblical Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Amanda Biggar – Administrative Secretary

   

Amanda Biggar – Administrative Secretary

Amanda has been a member at Celebration Church for over 20 years. Having been raised at Celebration, Amanda now serves as the Administrative Secretary which is her proclaimed “favorite job ever.” She considers herself blessed to call Pastor Sam and Susan both spiritual leaders and mentors.

Amanda graduated from Glenvar High School. Later, she attended Virginia Western Community College before starting her 6 year career in the Medical Field. Amanda served the community at Lewis Gale Medical Center and at the Carilion Cancer Center. Her caring personality and servant’s heart were publicly recognized when she received 9 Pineapple Awards for outstanding customer service and hospitality. She brings that same dedication to her role at Celebration.

Outside of work, Amanda loves trying spicy foods, shopping for anything in the color purple, and spending time with her husband and 2 children while winning at almost every board game she plays!

Latese Brownlow – Administrative Assistant

Latese Brownlow – Administrative Assistant

Latese has had a life-long experience in ministry. Having grown up with parents who served as Pastors and in other ministry roles, Latese has a heart for serving those who serve in ministry. Prior to moving to Roanoke, she supported her dad as his secretary at the Plant City Church of God. Latese also has a long-term relationship with Pastor Sam and Susan and is thrilled to be able to support them in ministry. Aside from her role in the Celebration office, she is involved in our music and women’s ministries. Latese is a very faithful and dedicated servant.

Latese graduated from Norcross High School, and also attended Lee University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Philip, and daughter, Schaunie who are both also involved in ministry at Celebration.

Mission

Our mission is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, help people grow closer to God, and equip believers to serve.

Core Values

As a body of believers, we endeavor to be strategic and intentional in our focus on these guiding principles in order to expand the Kingdom of God.
Prayer and Fasting – We value prayer, intercession, and fasting as a means to draw closer to the heart of God through submission of our own personal desires for those of Christ Jesus. (I Timothy 2:1-2)
Evangelism – We value spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community, nation, and the world for the purpose of salvation for non-believers. (Mark 16:15-16)
Worship – We value passionate worship that ushers us into the presence of God and cultivates personal intimacy with the Lord. (Psalm 100:4)
Discipleship – We value helping people grow in their knowledge of and relationship with God through the study of His Word. (Ephesians 4:12 – 13)
Stewardship –We value obedience to God through faithful giving of our time, talents, and treasures to God. (Malachi 3:10)
Service – We value service to others, both inside and outside our church, through the use of our God-given talents, gifts, and abilities. (Psalm 72:11)
Outreach – We value loving, caring for, and supporting others through outreach initiatives to our community and the world. (Matthew 25:34 – 40)
Relationships – We value the strengthening and development of relationships for families and those within and outside our church fellowship. (I John 4:11)
Diversity – We value diversity and strive to love, honor, and respect all those who are from various cultural, social, and economic walks of life. (I Corinthians 12:13)
Excellence – We value the pursuit of excellence in all that we do including loving, serving, and ministering to others. (I Corinthians 10:131)

Beliefs (What We Believe)

  • We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
  • We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.
  • We believe that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
  • We believe that justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
  • We believe in holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.
  • We believe in the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
  • We believe in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
  • We believe in water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
  • We believe in divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
  • We believe in the Lord’s Supper and washing of the saints’ feet.
  • We believe in the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get There?
We are located approximately 1.7 miles west off of 220 on Buck Mountain Rd.

What is Your Service Like?
In our services, you will experience passionate praise and intimate worship expressed through music, drama and dance. Our Pastor will share a relevant biblically-based message enriched with media & illustrations. There is a time of ministry and prayer. You will also have the opportunity to support the on-going work of God through giving.

Where Do My Kids Go?
Celebration makes reaching young people a priority. Children’s ministry is available for infants through 5th grade on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. We also have a vibrant student ministry for children in grades 6 – 12. 

How Should I Dress When I Come?
Celebration invites anyone interested in hearing the message of God’s grace, and does not require a certain type of dress to attend. You will find a wide variety of attire here.

What Is Celebration’s Denomination?
Celebration is Pentecostal in our beliefs and is an affiliate of the Church Of God – Cleveland, TN.

What are your office hours?
Monday – Thursday (8am-4:30pm)

Worship Times

Sunday LIFE Groups - 9:30am
Sunday Worship - 10:30am
Wednesday Night - 7:00pm

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