“To help everyone experience connection and discover life.”

We unashamedly and uncompromisingly strive to be a church where:

God’s first.

From our leadership, to what’s true of every partner in this church, God is first. First in our day to day lives, first in our relationships, and even first in our finances. He has showed us His love and His pursuit for us, and that makes us worship Him with everything we are and have.

Biblically Based.
The Foundation of everything we do is grounded in scripture. We strive to live like the scriptures call us to live, and we operate from what God has given us as the church in the scriptures.

We don’t go to church, we are the church.
This is our culture, and we believe this is the life Christ died for. If you just want to go to church somewhere to check a box, go home to live however you want, and go to heaven when you die, then we hope to show you that there’s so much more to this Christian life than that, and you’re missing out on the joy, fulfillment, peace, security, and the life that God created you for.

We live out being the church in 3 major areas: We attend Sunday services, we serving our church (the body of believers, not the building) by using the gifts God has given us, and we engage in Lifegroup, living out authentic biblical community.

Results Driven Church
We know that we can’t change anyone. Only God, who draws them, Jesus, who died for them, and the Holy Spirit, that convicts them, changes people. But we will do everything we can to create environments, hire staff and create programs that use the best efforts and gifts of everyone to point to Jesus, so life change is happening. If we don’t see conversions, baptisms, repentance, people overcoming sin struggles, marriages saved, relationships restored, etc, then something is wrong, and we’re not living out the great commission to the best of our ability.

Relevant to the culture around us.
We will never do something just because we have always done it, because of one simple truth: “If you always do what you’ve always done, than you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” We don’t want what we have always gotten, we want to do everything we can to reach people. Lives are at stake, not our traditions, and we take you, your kids, and your families’ salvation seriously.

Everyone is welcome
We don’t care if you’re going through a divorce, struggling with addiction, you just got out of jail, you’re gay, you’re welcome here. Our mission is to help you find and follow Christ. From reading that, you might think “oh wow they’ll let everyone walk in here.” The answer is yes, we will, because we all fall short of the grace of God and through faith are saved. Faith is available to anyone who believes. We don’t “pray” for you in the walls, but push you out of them. We invite you in and show you Jesus, and the biblical life He’s calling you too.

The Bible
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, as well as the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 17:17).

The Trinity
We believe that there is one God, that the Father and the Son and the Spirit are each God, and that the Father and the Son and the Spirit are each a distinct person. All are equal in unity, essence, nature, and attributes (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14; see also 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 2:9 & Acts 5:3-4, John 1:1-14).

Jesus Christ
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God, fulfill prophecy, and redeem sinful man. We believe He accomplished our redemption through His substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, burial, and bodily resurrection. We believe our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that He is the only means of salvation (John 1:1, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:5).

We believe that Jesus Christ is the visible image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, the Creator, and Sustainer of heaven and earth, and the Head of the church. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He serves as our Advocate and intercedes for us (Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2).

The Holy Spirit
We believe God the Holy Spirit is a person who restrains evil in the world and convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He dwells in all who believe in Jesus. From the moment of belief in the Son, the Spirit baptizes believers into the body, seals them for salvation, regenerates them to new life, bestows spiritual gifts on each one, and is fully present to continually fill (control and guide) His own (John 16:7-11; John 3:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 13; John 14:16-17; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).

We believe man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God, but that man sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity (Genesis 1:27, 2:17, 3:19), can do nothing to merit God’s favor and as such is in need of salvation. (Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 6:23).

We believe that mankind’s sinful nature is rebellious toward God, and His good design for life and worship (Romans 1:20-24; Ephesians 2:1-3). Mankind’s rebellion causes confusion about good and evil, and harm to people ultimately ending in judgment, despair and death. (Genesis 1:31; Galatians 5:16-21; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; James 1:13-15).

We believe God created mankind in His image, forming each person in the womb from conception (Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:2, 49:5; Jeremiah 1:4-5) until the point of death when they breathe their last (Genesis 25:8; Luke 23:46); and assigning gender to His people, male (man) and female (woman), as He created them sexually and biologically different, but with equal personal dignity and value (Genesis 1:26-28).

We believe that God loves and pursues mankind despite our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He offers forgiveness, healing and abundant life to anyone who turns to Him in humility. (John 3:17, 10:10; Titus 3:3-7; 1 Peter 5:6-7)

We believe salvation is a sovereign gift of God and is received by man through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. We believe man is justified by grace through faith apart from works (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:4-5 & 2:8-10). We believe that Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation and that no one is saved apart from a conscious and personal decision to trust in Christ as his or her one and only Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 10:9-10). We believe all true believers elect of God, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever (Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39; John 10:27-30). 

The Second Coming
We believe in the future, visible, and bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth, commonly called the Second Coming, to rule the nations and establish His kingdom on earth (Philippians 3:20; Matthew 24:15-31; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-21).

The major events leading up to the founding of Lifeway Church are as follows:

Craig and Debbie Walker, and Jeremy and Diana Walker moved to Celina in 2006. They felt called to start a church, a church different from regular churches, a church that wanted to reach the lost as much as they wanted to grow the believer.

On February 10th, 2008, Lifeway had its very first service committed to helping people find and follow Christ. In 3 years, Lifeway grew to 350 people with two services on Sundays. Unfortunately, somewhere along the 3-year road, the church became divided, people lost confidence in leadership, and a mass exodus happened. By year 5, the church was totaling only 80 people.

At this time, God gave Craig a new vision, a new motivation and a new calling. With renewed energy, Craig went forward to rebuild the church God was calling him to create. By year 6, Craig knew God was calling him to hire someone that would help push Lifeway in the direction God was calling it to go.

He hired Josh Price as the new Youth Pastor. The youth ministry grew from 10-12 students to 120 within a year. Shortly after, Neal McNutt was hired to lead Worship, bringing a whole new musical feel and level to the church.

In 2016, we hired Mike Rutig as the Connections Pastor, with a passion for assimilation and LifeGroups.

In 2017, Craig and Debbie felt they had restored God’s church to where He wanted them to, and they were called away to Colorado. Craig placed Josh Price as the new Lead Pastor at Lifeway, fully believing that Josh was the one God was calling to that role.

As of 2017, Anna Sviderskas has come on to the team as the new full-time Children’s Director. She is going to bring energy and excitement to a fun, safe and engaging children’s environment.

God is doing big things here. Come and see where you fit in to this community of believers we call Lifeway Church.

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Our Ministry Leaders

My family: I’m married to my beautiful wife Lindsay. No kids…. yet.

Little known fact about me: I hate elevators… like, a lot.

Pet peeve: When someone slurps milk off the spoon when eating cereal. Instant anger, it’s something I’m working through…

If I could learn to do anything, I would: Sing and play guitar.

Favorite food: Seafood, if not seafood, Tex-mex!

My favorite smell: When rain is coming, or the ocean. And candles my wife says I have a weird thing for good smelling candles.

Favorite sound: When the Worship Pastor stops singing and the Students keep singing, gets me every time.

My favorite verse (or life verse): Romans 3:22 NLT – We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.

MIKE RUTIGConnections Pastor
Mike Rutig is the Connections Pastor at Lifeway Church in Celina, Texas. A native of Florida, Mike earned his BS from Florida State University in Business & Hospitality Administration, and his Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife Elise have two young daughters Lucy and Sadie.

Favorite food: Cuban food, or a big ol’ ribeye steak

Pet peeve: Someone packing the dishwasher wrong (Yes… there is a right way)

Best concert I ever attended: Keith Urban at American Airlines Center, or Andrea Bocelli at an outdoor amphitheater outside Boston

Favorite vacation spot: Any place with a warm beach, that I can read a good book by the ocean

I’ve been told I look like: Randy Houser

Favorite movie of all time: The Godfather Trilogy

The best part of waking up: The first cup of coffee.

My favorite verse: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4 NLT

NEAL MCNUTTWorship Leader
Neal has been a worship leader for 17 years, and joined Lifeway as the Worship Pastor in January 2016. Neal has been married to his wife Lauren since 2005. They Have three beautiful children Addi, Brock, and Emi.

Best part of waking up: Is Folgers in my cup… when it’s cold outside.

Little known fact about me: I see the world backwards… Dyslexic am I, Seriously!

People tell me I look like: Zac Brown when I wear a beanie.

Favorite Sound: Sound of my children laughing.

Favorite Sports Team: Arkansas Razorbacks

Greatest Moments of My Life: When I said yes to Jesus, when my wife said yes to me, and when i heard my kids say “I love you daddy” for the first time.

What is your favorite verse: John 16:33 NLT “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

LEANN SMITHPastor's Administrative Assistant
Family- married to Dustin since 2005 after meeting as math teachers. We have 2 beautiful girls and 1 fun-loving son.

Favorite vacation spot- the mountains..or maybe the beach…it’s a toss-up

The best part of waking up- coffee….I have children….lots of coffee

Sound I love-my children getting along and of course their laughter.

One thing I dislike- when my children are hurt, physically and emotionally broken.

My favorite verse-The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself “the Lord is my inheritance, therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. Lamentations 3:22-26

ANNA SVIDERSKASChildren's Ministry Director
My family: I was born in Ohio. I’m a 2nd generation American. I’m 50% Lithuanian (hence the crazy last name). My family and I are all SUPER big Cleveland sports fans. (And yes, we even cheer on the Browns.)

Favorite food: Potatoes…of any kind. Their versatility is top notch!

Fun fact: I learned how to swim when I was 21. I also ate my first apple that year.

Favorite smell: Campfire! Or that smell after you blow out a candle.

Favorite place: I absolutely love visiting Virginia Beach! I graduated from Regent University in VB and it’s where I became friends with some of the best people on the entire planet.

Favorite movie genres: Time Period Musicals OR the Jurassic Series

My favorite verse:
The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Psalm 27:4 NLT

My family: I have a wife Cheryl and two sons (AJ and Nick) and a daughter (Stephanie). We also have 5 awesome grandchildren ages 3 to 10.

The best invention of my lifetime: I’m going to have to go with the wheel.

Favorite movie of all time: Lonesome Dove

Favorite food: BBQ

I’ve been told I look like William Shatner

Favorite Bible verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Chore I most dislike: Folding clothes

The thing that makes me most nervous – When the youth pastor calls me

A sound that I love is – my wife telling me im right.

If I could learn to do anything I would – Wing suit

My favorite verse – “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NLT