Welcome to Celebration Church!
We exist to help people love, grow and serve.
Our mission is achieved through our four foundational ministries: Prayer, Worship, Community, and the NowGeneration.
- Love God
- Love People
- Grow Spiritually
- Grow Relationally
- Serve God
- Serve Others
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 30 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.
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 – Worship Pastor
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.
Lyndsey Dunn – NowGeneration Pastor
Pastor Lyndsey was raised in a Pastor’s home and has a rich heritage of ministry. Having previously served as the Youth Pastor at Celebration, he has returned as our NowGeneration Pastor overseeing and leading our cradle through college and career ministries. Prior to returning to Celebration, Pastor Lyndsey gained valuable experience as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Lead Pastor. He has also worked in the marketplace and is the owner of a digital marketing company. Pastor Lyndsey is a member of the Church of God Virginia Youth Board and has served many years during summer youth camps. He has a vast array of experience in leading teams, youth ministry, worship, and media and technology. Pastor Lyndsey shares life and ministry with his wife Lauren, and they love the adventure of traveling together. Their home is filled with lots of excitement as they raise their Twins Two Times – Liam, Atha, Isla, and Eastyn.
Pastor Lyndsey is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, Cleveland, TN. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Lee University and a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. He also holds a certificate from Mission Virginia, an urban discipleship training program.
Ruth Emerick- Celebrate KIDS! Director
Ruth leads our After School Enrichment and Camp programs. Ruth has experience as a home educator and 15 years of experience as a teacher with Classical Conversations. She also works as a private tutor for students in Grades 3-12. She tutors in reading writing, and spelling using Orton-Gillingham based methodology for students. She specializes in helping students with dyslexia and those with special learning needs. Ruth also serves in Children’s Ministry at Celebration Church and has many years of service with children in a church setting.
Ruth has attended Liberty University and completed some coursework in Biblical Studies and Education. She plans to complete her degree in the near future.
Ruth is the proud mother of four sons. She enjoys candle and soap making in her spare time.
Yajaira Santiago-Colón – Ministry Assistant
Yajaira has a rich history of serving in ministry with her husband, Jonathan. They have served together in several church ministry roles. At Celebration, she supports our ministry staff in a number of different areas including NowGeneration, Women’s Ministry, First Impressions, and our After School Program. Yajaira is also a gifted speaker and teacher.
Prior to her role at Celebration, Yajaira worked in a medical office and in the banking industry.She previously attended the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.
Yajaira is the proud mother of three Princesses – Thanaira, Yarian, and Ariana whom she loves spending time with. Her husky, Max, brings lots of enjoyment to her home, as well.
Phyllis Crum – Special Projects Director
Phyllis has served more than 30 years in church ministry, and she brings a wealth of experience to our church ministry.Phyllis and her husband, Ed, have been Children’s Pastors, and Phyllis has also led women’s ministry.
At Celebration, Phyllis is the developer and manager of our church management software, has served in our Children’s Ministry, and assist with other projects.
Prior to an early retirement from Norfolk and Southern, Phyllis was and IT Manager over several key transportation projects.Outside of ministry, Phyllis enjoys traveling, entertaining, and reading
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.
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.
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 (9am-4:30pm)