Clipper Staff Writer
LAYTON — It’s no accident that Salt Christian Church’s statement of beliefs is understandable.
“One of the things I strive to do when it comes to teaching is to make it very easy for people to understand what I’m saying,” the Rev. Brent Captain said.
Captain is the lead pastor of the new Salt Christian Church, which will hold grand opening services on Sept. 15 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at the Davis Conference Center, 1651 N. 700 West. After that, services will be held weekly at 10:30 a.m.
“I want the Bible to be practical for, relevant to, and useful in daily living,” Captain said.
His teaching philosophy can be found in his first series of sermons, titled “Stuck.” The sermons include messages on worry, forgiveness, fear and anger.
While the non-denominational church’s grand opening hasn’t happened yet, preview services have been held at the Ed Kenley amphitheater, and there have already been baptisms.
“I liken (the preview services) to a soft launch in the business world,” Captain said. “A business will open prior to the grand opening, to get the kinks worked out. That’s what the preview services were for.”
Captain and his wife Trisha have served the Roy Christian Church for three years. He was associate minister.
“We fell in love with the area and saw a huge need for churches,” he said. “According to the latest statistics, there’s a large group of people in Utah who are unchurched.”
Captain chose to begin Salt Christian Church in northern Davis County and has marketed the church in communities surrounding Layton and at Hill AFB. He believes the conference center is the perfect meeting space because of its proximity to I-15.
Captain and his staff looked at renting several locations, but the conference center was his first choice.
“It’s a perfect fit,” he said. “It’s good for us, because it’s centrally located in northern Davis County, and it’s good for them, because they have few contracts on Sundays.”
New churches need money and support from other churches, and Salt Christian Church has that. Roy Christian Church is offering its support, as is the East 91st Street Church in Indianapolis, Ind., the Crossing Church in Las Vegas, Nev., and, a small church in Franklin, Ill.
“From Florida to California and everywhere in between, we’re getting support,” Captain said.
Like the support the church is receiving, those attending come from a number of backgrounds and cities.
“We’ve had a wide array of people attend,” Captain said. “We’ve had people from other churches like Roy Christian and Alpine churches, and some from an LDS background,” he said.
Because those attending have come from such a wide geographical area, Captain believes small groups are key.
Under the direction of the church, groups will meet in homes to share their faith and their lives.
“Especially in church planting, it’s essential to meet in homes,” he said. “If you attend church one time a week, it’s like eating once a month.”
In addition to attending worship services and small group meetings, people should spend daily time in prayer and study for growth, Captain said.
In addition to Captain and his wife, the church also has a worship and youth pastor: Jake Mueller, a Utah newcomer who married his wife Kate just a couple of months ago. Captain’s father and mother are also part of the ministry team. Lewis Captain serves as discipleship pastor and Lisa Pastor serves as the children’s ministry director. They recently moved here from Indiana.