“We begin with Jesus. Some groups begin with Old Testament law. Some begin with the Apostle Paul. Some begin with the accumulated teaching of the church. Some begin with a set of “spiritual laws” about God’s plan of salvation or with a set of “fundamentals.” Brethren begin with Jesus. Jesus is our center of faith. He is the beginning point and the end of all that we believe (Rev. 1:8, 21:6, 22:13)”. (To Follow In Jesus Steps, Zunkel, Brethren Press 1991.) 

It is safe to say without Jesus we would not be here and you may not have ever read this. Indeed, can any of us know what the Bible says or truly understand its truths without complete surrender of self to Jesus? When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are a new creation in Him! We are in Christ and born anew! We change and see things through His eyes and His heart. We believe that Jesus is the Truth, the Way and the Life and no one comes to the Father accept through Him. Without Jesus, we can do nothing. From the moment we accept Him, we are compelled by His love to be more like Him. So it starts with Jesus.

The Holy scriptures

The Brethren have no creed. From the very beginning, the Brethren believe the whole New Testament is our creed. So based on 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17, West Green Tree believes that, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We believe that the Holy Scriptures are Christocentric – the Old and New Testament together are God’s love story of how He brings redemption to all mankind through Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible is a living book – it continues to reveal to us God’s plan for our lives and His truths are still spoken to us. Every book ever written enables you to understand the author as you read it.. The Bible is different. You need to know the Author to understand what He has written. In other words, without Jesus in you heart, the Bible is just another history book. With Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is alive and holy.

brethren Essentials

We believe in the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit;  the atoning grace of Jesus Christ and His bodily resurrection; the virgin birth.  We believe that Jesus is the only name by which we can be saved. We believe that Jesus will come again in glory and in judgement.


    We believe that one must first believe that Jesus is Savior and Lord before one can be baptized. Brethren looked to Mark 16:16 where Jesus says, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Baptism is an outward expression of a previous act of salvation through the acceptance of Jesus Christ a savior.  Therefore, one is not saved by the act of baptism but baptism proclaims to others the saving grace of Jesus Christ.


    West Green Tree, as well as other Church of the Brethren, take the Last Supper very seriously. We not only partake in Holy Communion with the breaking of the bread and the partaking of the fruit of the vine as a symbol of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, we also incorporate an Agape meal, representing the fellowship of the followers of Jesus, and the washing of feet, representing the teaching of Jesus to be a humble servant. We find Love Feast as a humble and inspirational way to remember our Savior.


    In Mark 6, Jesus sent out His disciples and told them to preach and teach and anoint with oil those who were sick. In James 5, we are told that if anyone is sick that we should call on the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. There are often times after a worship service you will see a gathering of the deacons praying over and anointing someone for healing. 


    At West Green Tree, all members are ministers utilizing their gifts of the Spirit, their talents and passion for the work of the Lord in and out of the church body.