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Our Vision

Our Vision


Who or what is IT? JESUS is IT!

Find It – Discovering the life God intended.
Live It – Giving God and others our very best.
Share It – Purposely connecting others to God.

Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

Our desire here at the Journey Church is to lead people to be fully devoted followers of Christ.

So many try to make it more than it is. Matthew 22:37-39 sums it up best with giving us the greatest commandment:

And He said unto them, “You shall love the Lord they God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”


The Journey Church does not focus so much on non-essentials. The essentials are this:

  1. God is real.
  2. Sin is a problem.
  3. Jesus is the answer.
  4. God’s Word is perfect.
Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

We’re about loving God, loving people, seeking truth, and being real. Worshiping God should be part of everyday, ordinary, walking around life… woven into who we are and what we do. Read below for more information on our specific beliefs.

About God

God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He has and does exist eternally in three distinct personalities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory and have the same attributes and perfections. These three separate entities compose the One essence, God.

Genesis 1:1; Genesis 21:33; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the one and only perfect Son of God yet equal with God. He came to earth, born of the Virgin Mary and lived a sinless human life. He was the sacrifice for every human’s sin. He died on a cross and rose from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God and will one day return to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords and to judge the living and the dead.

Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and Son. He is the teacher, comforter, and intercessor who indwells the believer from the moment of conversion. He enables and empowers the believer to live abundantly and to understand spiritual truth. The Christian seeks to live under His influence and guidance daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17; 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 5:3-4; Romans 8:27; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; 12:11; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 1:14

About People

All people are created equal by God and in His image and likeness. However, through Adam’s sin all people inherit a sinful nature and are separated from God. Men and women possess the ability to perform moral acts of kindness toward one another, but spiritually, are depraved due to the inherited sinful nature, and are unable to redeem themselves. Redemption comes only through Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-9; Isaiah 53:6; 59:2; Romans 3:9; 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; 2:12

About Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God, which cannot be inherited by human merit or work. Salvation is by God’s grace and through faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation occurs at the point of belief and confession. Forgiveness of sin is available through the atoning death of Christ who alone is able to place us in right relationship with God. Believers possess complete assurance of eternal life. Saving faith manifests in the believer a desire to produce good fruit and to be obedient. Believers do not “work” for God in order to be saved. They “work” for God because they are saved.

John 1:12-13; 3:16; 14:6; Romans 5:1; 5:8; 6:23; 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 2 Timothy 1:9-10; 1 John 1:9; 2:3-6; 3:4-10; 5:11-13; Jude 1:4

About the Bible

The Bible is God’s inspired revelation to humans. Various human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the scriptures were written without error. They are a completely infallible and reliable source of truth and an immeasurable resource for daily living.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 119:160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Hebrews 4:12

About the Church

We are the Church. We are to represent Christ with gentleness, love, and humility. Jesus is the true light of the world and believers should reflect that light in relation to unbelievers and each other.

Matthew 16:16-18; 24:30-31; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 12:27; Ephesians 2:19-22; Colossians 3:11-17; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 3:15

About Baptism

Baptism is a symbol of identification with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism is a complete immersion in water and is done after a person has accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We believe Jesus set the example of Baptism for us in Matthew 3:13-17. Baptism does not save us, but rather it is an act of obedience on the part of the believer showing the world they are a follower of Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:4; Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17

About the Lord’s Supper

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper (Communion) in remembrance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The bread represents His body, which was broken for us. The juice represents His blood, which was shed for us. We encourage all those who have made Jesus their personal Savior to celebrate with us. For a person who doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, or one who is living in rebellion, the Lord’s Supper will have no meaning.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Romans 12:1; 1 John 1:9; Matthew 5:23-24

About Eternity

We believe man will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or exist eternally with God through the acceptance of His forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is to exist in Hell. To exist with God is to have eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15



In Their Own Words

Allen Taylor – Lead Pastor

I love what I do and the people I have the privilege to serve with! I am a native of Buford, GA. and have called The Journey Church my home for the last 10 years. Before the Journey I was an Associate Pastor for six years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Covenant Life Seminary. My passion is to make Biblical truths simple and applicable to everyday life.

I married the love of my life and childhood sweetheart, Melena. We have been married for 21 years and have two awesome daughters, Baylee and Reese. Watching my girls play sports and working in my yard are two of my favorite “downtime” activities.  



William Garner – Administrative Pastor

I have called Journey my home church for many years. I was born and raised in Norcross, GA. Little did I know God was preparing my heart to be involved in a new church plant even as a young man. I have learned many things along the way. I married my high school sweetheart and best friend. Angelee and I have three grown children and one granddaughter, which we adore.



Andrew and Ashley Spikes – Worship Leaders

Growing up, we both loved music. It has been part of who we are since we were very young. Needless to say, that’s what brought us together in Nashville, TN at Belmont University and the rest is history. We believe that worship is a state of heart, not just an action. We are honored to serve and call The Journey Church our home. Currently we reside in the Buford area with our daughter, Olivia, and Beagle, Sawyer, these two keep us on our toes! It’s always an adventure at our house!




Angelee Garner – Children’s Director and Administrative Assistant

The Journey church has been home to me for over 15 years. I am a native of Norcross, GA. Church became an important part of my life at a very early age. God has taught me so much about His character and who He is over the years. I married my one and only love, William. We have three children and one beautiful granddaughter. Life is good!