About Us

Who We Are

Madison Christian Church is a self-governing church with no denominational affiliation. The Bible is the only rule of faith and practice.

Many people have come to Madison from different backgrounds and various denominations – but we are happy to be able to identify ourselves simply as Christians.

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Our Mission

We’re on a mission to reach people for Christ and help believers grow to be like Him.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be an outwardly focused church that is transforming lives in Groveport, Madison Township, southeast Columbus, and the world one life at a time.

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What We Believe

We believe in the Bible — God’s Holy Word, Scripture.

  • We believe God inspired the original writings of the Scripture and those original writings were consequently without error. (II Timothy 3:14-16; II Peter 1:20-21)
  • We believe that the Bible is the final authority for all matters of faith, truth, morality, and Christian living. (Psalm 119:11, 105; Romans 15:4)

We believe in one God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible. (Genesis 1:1; Acts 17:24-28; Hebrews 11:3; James 1:17)
  • We believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the eternal Word, the one and only Savior.  (John 1:1, 14; 3:16; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-19; I John 4:9). Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, both fully human and fully divine; Who lived a sinless life; Who suffered and was crucified as an atonement for sin; Who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day; Who ascended into Heaven; and Who will return in victory. (Luke 1:26-35; Colossians 2:9; Romans 5:15-17; John 20:24-29; I Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 1:1-9; Revelation 1:7-8)
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit: Who convicts of sin; Who indwells every Christian; Who helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us in prayer; and Who empowers us to a fruitful Christian life. (John 16:8; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; II timothy 1:14; Romans 8:26; Galatians 5:22-23)

We believe in the Gospel — the Good News of Salvation.

  • That man, created by God, willfully sinned against God and is consequently lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 53:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23)
  • That salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is only by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ.  (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 1:7)
  • That one indicates their acceptance of salvation by putting faith in Christ, repenting of sin, and confessing Christ, being baptized into Christ, and remaining faithful to Christ. (Romans 5:1-2; 10:9; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21)
  • That those who have received salvation through faith in Jesus Christ are sent into the world to share the gospel and to love and serve the world just as Jesus Himself did.  (II Corinthians 5:11-12; Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 28:18-20; John 20:21)

We believe in the Church of Jesus Christ, founded on the Day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere, and organized into local congregations, called churches.

  • We believe the Bible teaches that every Christian should be an active participant in a local church. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  • We believe that the Elders of the church are the overseers of its affairs and the shepherds of its members; and that they are responsible for the oversight, instruction, edification, discipline, and restoration of church members. (I Peter 5:1-4; Titus 1:9; 2:1-15; Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1; I Corinthians 5:11-13)

Our Core Values

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Prayer is the essential foundation for all effective ministry.

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Lost People Matter

Lost people matter to God and must matter to His church.

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Integrity & Relevance

God’s truth must be communicated with doctrinal integrity and cultural relevance.

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Authentic and loving relationships are essential to spiritual growth and health, and should permeate every aspect of church life.

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Spiritual Gifts

God has called every Christian to use his or her spiritual gift(s) in ministry.

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The church most visibly evidences the love of Christ by ministering with compassion and care to the poor, sick, hurting, lonely, rejected, and forgotten people of the world.

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Excellence honors God and inspires people.

Our Leadership Team

Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes

Lead Minister

Paul Barnes serves as Lead Minister of Madison Christian Church. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati Christian University. Paul and his wife, Diane, have two sons.

Their oldest son, David, is married to Joy, and they are both physicians in Bowling Green, Ohio. David and Joy are the proud parents of Nehemiah, Caleb, Nate, Zeke, and Grace. Their youngest son, Jonathon, is Children’s Minister at Madison Christian Church. He and his wife, Heather, are the parents of Delaney, Silas, and Titus.

Paul loves his preaching, teaching, ministry, and leadership opportunities. Outside of church, you may run into Paul on the trail at the Three Creeks Park or at the Groveport Recreation Center. He also enjoys fishing, playing tennis, and gardening.

Matt Archibald

Matt Archibald

Music & Arts Minister

Matt is the Music and Arts Minister at Madison Christian Church. He and his wife Donna are ’84 graduates of Kentucky Christian University. They stay busy with their six children!

The Music & Arts ministry offers many experiences throughout the year including choir, solos & ensembles, instruments, drama, sound, lights, and video, plus seasonal celebrations. Our Sunday worship includes two services at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.

You’re welcome to contact Matt if you desire to use your talents in Worship.

Michael Seckman

Michael Seckman

Student Minister

Mike serves as the Student Minister of Madison Christian Church. He’s been a part of the ministry team since 2012. He’s married to Brooke Seckman and they have three children – Cade, Noah and Sarah. Mike is passionate about empowering church families, teaching and discipleship.

He’s also a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University with a degree in Biblical Studies and Organizational Leadership.

Mike was born and raised in central Ohio and is a 1997 graduate of Groveport Madison High School. He enjoys learning and values creativity.

He has actively practiced traditional martial arts for 28 years and can be found teaching old school karate to students on Sunday nights in the gym.

Jonathon Barnes and family

Jonathon Barnes

Children’s Minister

Jonathon is the Children’s Minister. He went to Cincinnati Christian University, and has been a Children’s Minister ever since.  He joined the team in June of 2015.

He’s married to his High School sweetheart, Heather. She stays home with their three children Delaney, Silas, and Titus.

Jonathon is into most sports. They are both from Columbus, and Jonathon is the son of Paul and Diane Barnes. They are both called to reach kids and help them grow to be like Jesus.

Kirk Olney

Kirk Olney

Director of Pastoral Care

Kirk serves as Director of Pastoral Care.

He was one of the charter members at Madison and has since served as an elder.

His ministry has developed into weekly visits to those in the hospital or confined to their homes, to offer up prayers and words of encouragement.