About Us

Bonita Valley Baptist Church is a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, Christ-centered church. Pastor Jim Carpenter guides us through Holy Scripture verse by verse.

With average Sunday attendance of 200 people, Bonita Valley Baptist Church is a family focused congregation. Whether you are single, a young couple, a small family, large family or an empty-nester, you will find blessed fellowship among like-minded believers.

We have an active youth group, a great Awana program, and on Sundays classes for all ages and nursery and children’s church during the worship hour.

Our Beliefs

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons. We believe these are equal in every divine perfection and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.

God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, He hears and answers prayer, and He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal visible return to earth.

Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

The Word of God

We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members.
We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship.  We believe God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

The Ordinances

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God.
We believe the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of his death.
We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Church Cooperation

We believe local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.

Religious Liberty

We believe every human being may have a direct relationship with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith.
We believe each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastic or political authority, and the church and state be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

Christian Conduct

We believe a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men and his conduct should be blameless before the world. We believe a Christian should be a faithful steward of his possessions and should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

MARRIAGE

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25). Click here for a full statement.

Regeneration

We believe all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation.  We believe those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the unregenerated.

Our Staff

Jim Carpenter

SENIOR PASTOR

Jim and his wife Dionne has been in ministry for over 35 years. Jim has served as a pastor, church planter, missionary, and mentor to church planters. A published author, he has written for national magazines and recently co-authored, The New Dynamic Church Planting Handbook. He and his wife Dionne have two grown sons. Jim has degrees from Denver (M. Div.) and Fuller Seminaries (D.Min.).

Contact Pastor Jim Pastor Jim’s blog: Admiring Christ.

Some people look good only at a distance. Up close you see their flaws. But Jesus – He becomes more admirable, more worthy of praise, more compelling to love, worship, serve, and share – the closer you get.

Susan Cope

CHURCH SECRETARY

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Brent Butler

YOUTH DIRECTOR

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Elder Board

Pastor Jim Carpenter

Gene Thomas

Jay Downey

Mel Jenkins


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Deacon Board

Pat McCarville

Eric Cope

Johnell Agcaoili

Russ McKay

Richard Sheerman

Mike Haw


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Deaconess Ministry

Pat Thomas

Ellen Helfers

Dora Downey

Gail Brown

April Carpenter


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Our Purpose

EVERY MEMBER A WORSHIPER
Living to God’s glory, with a Christ-centered view of life.
EVERY MEMBER A WARRIOR
Being equipped to live life both as a prayer warrior and as a “warrior in the Word.”
EVERY MEMBER A WITNESS
Connecting the love and gospel of Jesus with others.
EVERY MEMBER A WORKER
Serving Christ in ministry according to the unique spiritual gifts, experience and interest God has given each Christian.

Our Passion

 HUNGER FOR GOD
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”(Psalms 42:1)

“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship in sharing with His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:10, 11)

HARVEST OF SOULS
“Ask the Lord of the harvest…to send out workers into His harvest field.” (Matthew 9:38)  

“Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God… is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1)

HARMONY IN THE BODY
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)
HOW TO’S
Evangelism, Discipleship, Church Planting
“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” (Psalms 33:11)