About Us
Our History
Our Leadership
What We Believe
Our Core Values
Our History

Jacksonville Christian Fellowship began in September 1984. Pastor Kirk Wetsell had grown up in the Jacksonville area and felt the call to the ministry soon after his conversion in 1974. After serving the Lord in several capacities he and Liz began to feel the call to start a work in Jacksonville. With the blessing of their then pastor JCF was launched in September 1984. It began with just a hand full of people and pastor Kirk worked full time in a secular job. The church grew and in a few short years he was able to devote full time to the task.

JCF has been in many ways a unique church. We have always had a strong emphasis on sound doctrinal instruction coupled together with an equally strong understanding that “it’s not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit saith the Lord”. We liken it to the analogy of a Fireplace and a Fire. If you have a beautiful fireplace but no fire, it’s pretty much useless! It may be a lovely sight to see but it really won’t keep anybody warm. If you have a raging fire but no fireplace you’ll almost always burn down the house! The fire in the analogy is likened to those whose sole emphasis is on the power and moving of the Holy Spirit. Without a strong doctrinal understanding and foundation (the fireplace) it quickly becomes “wildfire” with the result that people are burned and the body of Christ is damaged. If you have both – well, then you’ve got something most valuable! At JCF we strive to maintain this balance of Word and Spirit.

JCF has also been unique in that God has blessed us with all types of people in our congregation. You will find people from every type of background, race and economic condition at JCF. Black and white, young and old, rich and poor – just everyday people! A well remembered sermon that Pastor Kirk preached early on was “Mixed Nuts” about the fact that in Christ there is no class, race or gender distinction. We are all equal in our approach to God and we all stand as sinners saved only by His wonderful Grace! Furthermore it is the same Holy Spirit that indwells us all and we are all one in Him.

Our Leadership

Outline of Government

JCF has what we believe to be a Scripturally based church government of a plurality of elders along with a team of dedicated deacons. Our elders have the primary responsibility of teaching the Word of God and overseeing all aspects of church life and the spiritual direction of the body. Our deacons likewise are spiritual men dedicated to overseeing the temporal and structural needs of the church.

Kirk Wetsell, Senior Pastor

Kirk is the founder and senior pastor of JCF. He has been married to his wife Liz for 35 years and they have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Jan Sullivan, Worship Pastor

Jan has been both pastor and worship leader at JCF for over 25 years. He is married to his wife Patti. They have 2 children (a daughter and son) and 1 grandchild.

Keith Comer, Elder

Keith has been with JCF for almost 15 years and has had many years of pastoral experience before that. He is married to Beth, and they have 3 children (a son and 2 daughters) and grandkids.

Don Spitler, Elder

Don came to JCF with a strong background in pastoral ministry having served churches in the Baptist Missionary Association. He is married to Kathy and has 3 children (a son and 2 daughters) and 4 grandchildren.

John West, Elder
Children's Pastor

John comes to JCF with a background in Christian Education. John oversees all children’s ministry at JCF from the Nursery up. He is married to Mary Beth and they have 2 children, Anna and Johnny.

JCF Deacons

What We Believe -- Statement of Faith

At Jacksonville Christian Fellowship, we are very much concerned with the issue of “doctrinal correctness”. It is our belief that bad doctrine and a flippant attitude towards theology are at the heart of most of what troubles today’s church. It is also our belief that only the Truth can free the human heart from the corruption of sin and enable us to truly be the people God desires. In this section then you will find an outline of those things that we hold to be essential.

Doctrine We Believe to be Essential: We believe that the Bible is the infallible, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God. We believe that it reveals all things that are necessary to Salvation, Life & Godliness, and that it is a final and closed revelation, consisting of the sixty-six books of Holy Scripture. (1Thess 2:13; 2Tim 3:14-17; 2Peter 2:2-4)

We believe that there is only one true and living God, eternally existing in a Trinity of persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that these three persons are one in substance, power, and eternity; each possessing the fullness of the divine essence and yet this essence is undivided. (Col 2:8-10; Acts 5:1-4, Deut 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; 45:21-23) We believe that God is infinite in being and perfection. We believe that He is all powerful, all knowing, and present in all places at all times. We believe that He is absolutely sovereign over all His works, and that He orders all things according to the counsel of His own wise, immutable, and righteous will for His own glory. This sovereignty extends not only to inanimate creation, but to all living things as well, and is the ultimate determiner of each creature’s destiny. (Eph 1:3-11; Rom 9:6-23) We believe that God is self-existent and self-sufficient. That is, He needs nothing from His creation to exist or to continue to exist. On the contrary, He is the Creator and Sustainer of all things both seen and unseen. (Ex 3:13-14; Col 1:15-17) He is loving, gracious, merciful and longsuffering, forgiving sin and transgression. Yet He is also infinitely just and holy, and will by no means clear the guilty. (Ex 34:5-8) In His sight all things are open and manifest. His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent of the creature; so that nothing to Him is contingent or uncertain. He is holy in all His counsels, works, and commands. To Him is due, from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them. (Isaiah 46:9-11, Rev 4:8-11)

We believe in both the full deity and full humanity of Jesus Christ, that He was truly God manifest in human flesh. (John 1:1, 14; Phil 2:5-11; Col 2:8-10)

We believe: In His virgin birth In His sinless life In His vicarious and atoning death for the sins of His Elect In His burial and resurrection In His ascension to the right hand of the Father In His personal, physical, and future return to earth to rule in righteousness and to inaugurate the new heavens and new earth (Luke 1:26-38; Heb 7:26; Rom 3:25; Matt 28:5-7; Rev 21-22)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is both a person and that He is fully God, being the third member of the blessed Trinity. (Acts 5:1-4; Matt 28:19; John 14:15-21) We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men of sin, to regenerate sinners, baptize them into Christ, and to seal them until the day of redemption. We believe that He is our Guide, our Comforter, and our Instructor in the things of God. (John 16:7-15; Titus 3:5; 1Cor 12:13; Eph 1:13-14; John 14:15-20)

We believe in the doctrine of Man’s Total Depravity. We believe that the first man, Adam, stood as the representative and federal head of the entire human race. We believe that in his fall, the entire human race fell with him, resulting in the total corruption and condemnation of mankind before God. This does not mean that every man is as wicked as he could be, but that sin has corrupted us at every level of our being. Because of this corruption, we are unable, apart from grace, of either understanding or desiring spiritual truth, and we are by nature God’s enemies and the objects of His wrath. (Rom 5:12-19; Rom 8:6-8; 1Cor 2:14; John 6:37, 44, 63-65; Eph 2:1-3)

We believe that God has unconditionally chosen a company of people, His Elect, out from the fallen sons of Adam. These Elect were given in covenant to the Son, by the Father, before the foundation of the world was laid. God has done everything necessary to bring these Elect to faith in Christ and to secure them eternally unto Himself. This election to salvation is attributed solely to the sovereign Grace of God and not to any merit, good works, or faith on our part, faith itself being the gift of God. (Rom 9:1-24; Eph 1:3-14; 2Tim 1:9; John 6:37; Ps 89:1-5, 15-36; Rom 8:28-39; Eph 2:1-10)

We believe that this salvation was purchased for the Elect by the precious Blood of Christ. The blood was shed as propitiation to the Father, for the sins of His Elect, and results in their justification before God. Literally, we were the ones that deserved to be crucified and to drink of God’s wrath, but our blessed Savior instead drank it for us! Concerning the merit and value of the blood, it is enough to have purchased and cleansed every person ever born. Yet, as concerning the intention of God as to whom it would be effective for, it was limited to the Elect alone. Else would God have failed in His purpose, a thing that Scripture makes clear as being impossible. (1Peter 1:18-21; Rom 3:25-26; John 3:16; 10:11, 15, 25-30; Matt 1:21; Heb 9:12-15; Isa 46:9-11; Eph 1:11)

We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin and corruption is through repentance and faith in the precious Blood of Christ as a sacrifice for our sin. We believe that both repentance and faith are the graciously and sovereignly bestowed gifts of God. We believe that these are generated in the human heart by the precious Holy Spirit as He works through the Word of God to effectually and infallibly call elect sinners to Christ. (Luke 5:32; 24:37; Acts 5:31; 11:18; 2Tim 2:25; Eph 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Rom 10:17; 1Thess 2:13-14)

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every true believer. We believe that this indwelling at once unites us with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection, and results in the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, as well as the experience of the new birth. (Eph 1:12-14; 1Cor 6:17, 12:13; Rom 6:4-5; 1Peter 1:3)

We believe that this new birth will produce sanctification and holiness in the life of a believer. Sanctification is not to be confused with justification which is a legal standing before God, but it is rather to be understood as the fruit of true justification and regeneration. Sanctification is effected through the diligent study of the Word of God and the daily yielding to and filling of the Holy Spirit. Progress in sanctification will vary in each individual child of God, but it will nonetheless be present in all, seeing that it, too, is the sovereign work of God in our hearts. (Ezek 36:26-27; Jer 32:38-40; Titus 3:5; John 15:3, 17:17; Eph 5:18, 26; 1Peter 2:2; Phil 2:12-13)

We believe that all who are called by God’s Grace, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and justified by Christ’s Blood, will persevere in faith and holiness, and will never fall away from Christ. They are kept by the power of God and no man is able to pluck them from the Father’s hand. (John 10:27-30; Rom 8:28-39; Phil 1:6; Heb 7:22-25; 12:1-2)

We believe that water baptism is essential, not to regeneration, but as a sign and seal of the righteousness we possess by faith. (Matt 28:19-20; Rom 6:1-6; Col 2:12)

We believe that water baptism is only for those who have placed personal faith in Christ as Saviour, and that it symbolizes our union with Christ in His Death, Burial and Resurrection. Therefore our mode of baptism is by full immersion. (Ro.6:3-5)

We believe that the filling of the Holy Spirit is the privilege of every believer and that it is a vital part of enabling him or her to gain victory over sin and to be a vibrant witness for Christ. (Eph 5:18; Gal 5:16; Acts 1:8)

We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still valid for today, being Sovereignly distributed to every member of Christ’s Church, as He, the Spirit, wills, for the purpose of edifying the entire body. (1Cor 12:1-11; Rom 12:3-8; 1Peter 4:10)

We believe in the personal, physical, and future return of Jesus Christ to the earth, to rule in righteousness and to inaugurate the New Heavens and New Earth. (Zech 14:1-9; Matt 24:30-31; 25:31-46; Acts 1:9-11; 2Thess 1:7-10; Rev 1:7; 19:11-21; Ch 20-21)

We believe in the physical resurrection of the body, the eternal blessedness of the saved, and the eternal damnation and misery of the lost. (1Thess 4:13-18; Dan 12:2; Rev 20)

We believe in the fellowship of the saints on the Lord’s Day to worship Him, to hear the teaching and preaching of the Word of God, to share in breaking the bread of Holy Communion, and to give as God has prospered them into the treasury of God’s house. (Heb 10:25; Acts 20:7; 1Cor 16:1-2)

Our Core Values

  • Present every person Complete in Christ
  • Reach our world for Christ through personal evangelism and involvement in the global missions cause.


Jacksonville Christian Fellowship is affiliated with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches.


Jacksonville Christian Fellowship is an independent, non-denominational church located in Jacksonville Arkansas.
We are affiliated with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches.

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