Our Beliefs



God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are coequal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26, 27, 3:22

Psalm 90:2

Matthew 28:19

1 Peter 1:2

2 Corinthians 13:14


Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.

Matthew 1:22, 23

Isaiah 9:6

John 1:1-5, 14:10-30

Hebrews 4:14-15

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Romans 1:3-4

Acts 1:9-11

1 Timothy 6:14-15

Titus 2:13


The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

Acts 1:8

1 Corinthians 3:17

John 16:7-13, 14:16-17

Galatians 5:25

1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16

Ephesians 1:13, 5:18


The Bible was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.

2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13

2 Peter 1:20-21

Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6

Proverbs 30:5


People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.

Genesis 1:27

Psalm 8:3-6

Isaiah 53:6

Romans 3:23

Isaiah 59:1-2


We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23

Ephesians 2:8-9

John 14:6, 1:2

Titus 3:5

Galatians 3:26

Romans 5:1, 10:9-10


People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16, 14:17

Romans 6:23, 8:17-18

Revelation 20:15

1 Corinthians 2:7-9


Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to "fulfill all righteousness."

Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20

Acts 2:41, 8:12

In addition to our Core Beliefs and Values, we have liberty in nonessential beliefs. 

Romans 14:1,4,12,22

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.”

1 Corinthians 13:2

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”


Ben Windle
Lead Pastor

Paul Garner
Discover Worship Director

Sam Vargas
Students & Groups Director

Abigail Crabtree
Discover Kids Director

John Adams
Next Steps Director

Quashona Antoine

Our Pastor

Ben Windle has served the last decade in multicultural, multigenerational urban cities and followed Christ to serve in communities where mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and prostitution were part of everyday ministry. Oh, the stories he can tell. 

In 2014 God called Ben and his wife Mallika to Discover Church. God quickly got to work providing the vision of a thriving church that is part of an "Only Jesus" movement that is transforming lives, communities, and the world. God has grown a church of 9 people meeting in a home in 2007 into a life-giving community where people gather from all over Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia. 

Ben has a passion for communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that makes God's word come alive and reveals it's timeless relevance, all pointing to Jesus as our hero and our need for the atonement He alone can offer. Ben has a humorous and relatable teaching style that gives people from all walks of life an honest perspective on their relationship with God and ways to grow in their faith. 

Ben and Mallika have two crazy boys and one perfect daughter and are blessed to call the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina home. 

Ben, Mallika, Noah, Logan, and Maylee.

Ben, Mallika, Noah, Logan, and Maylee.

Church Oversight

Directional Leadership Team (DLT)

The DLT is a team of 9 people that are appointed by the Lead Pastor to serve a 3 year term and help the Lead Pastor in a ton of ways, including assessing the organization to determine it’s alignment with the vision and formulating strategies consistent with the vision including modifying the organizational structure to insure it can support growth, managing church property, approving the annual budget, approve any purchases greater than $10,000, approving the selection of auditors as required by law, and any other necessary task required or the operating of the church. They’re awesome.