Who We Are

Who We Are

We value you, and we’re grateful you’re here.

Do you remember that initial spark—the moment you woke up to your purpose? Where you suddenly felt alive, ready to take on the world?

Living The Word Church is a diverse congregation in Collinsville, Illinois where we help to fan that spark into a flame. We keep Jesus first here, worship God passionately, and turn to the Bible for practical wisdom to apply to our everyday life.

We’re also here to give God and each other our very best. Living The Word Church is a place where people can find tangible ways to make a difference, expressing their heart for God and people.

We’d love to see you on a Sunday — online or in-person.

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Our Pastor

Pastor David Hawkins became our lead pastor in 1998. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Masters of Arts in Theology from Covenant Seminary.

If you catch Pastor Hawkins in his free time, he’s likely to be reading a good book or pedaling his bike around the St. Louis area, training for his next race.

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Our Mission and Vision

Living The Word Church
exists to build victorious
disciples of Jesus Christ.

We accomplish our mission by leading people to find healing, restart their fire, and help make a difference.

Who We Are
Our Mission:

Build victorious
disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision:

Lead people to find healing, restart their fire, and help make a difference.

Our Core Values

We Value Jesus

Jesus matters to our daily lives.

We Value Application of Scripture

Teaching is for life-change.

We Value Growth

Real followers of Jesus grow.

We Value Community Groups

Growing larger and smaller at the same time.

We Value Service

Every member is a minister.

We Value Innovation

Changing methods … unchanging message.

We Value Unity and Diversity

Focusing on the things that unite us, not the things that divide us.

We Value People

People matter to God.

We Value Emotional and Spiritual Health

All of you are important to God.

We Value Integrity

A culture of love and honesty.

We Value Excellence

God deserves our best.

We Value A Graceful Community

Living in restoration.

We Value Teamwork

Working together towards one common goal.


    We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, divinely inspired; that it contains no errors in the original manuscripts and preserved by God for us; that it is authoritative for this church and each of us for every age.


    We believe that God exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are one God.

    We believe God created the universe by His Power and Word.

    We believe that God is all knowing, all powerful and ever present.


    We believe Jesus Christ was sent by God the Father into the world to save sinners.

    We believe that Jesus Christ was virgin born, sinless in life and mighty in words and deeds.

    We believe Jesus was both God and man, that He was crucified for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He then ascended to His Father’s side where He is head of the church and intercedes for believers.

    We believe Jesus Christ is coming again personally, visibly and bodily to reign as Lord.


    We believe the Holy Spirit is a person, is God, and has all the divine characteristics. He indwells all believers, baptizes and seals them at the moment of salvation. He fills them in response to confession of sin and surrender to Him.


    We do affirm the biblical use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the sole purpose of edifying the Body of Jesus Christ.


    We believe that Jesus, through His death on the cross, provided salvation for all. However, to receive salvation one must repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ alone. The true believer is eternally secure and cannot lose his salvation. He may, however, lose his joy by sin and bring the loving discipline of the Father upon himself.

    All who have received Christ will at death depart to be with Christ in their spirits and at Christ’s return receive a new body which will be like His glorious body.


    We believe that a New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers who have agreed together to worship Jesus Christ, edify the believers, evangelize the lost and minister to other.

    The church has two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

    Baptism symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life we have in Him.

    The Lord’s Supper is a reminder of Christ’s death and anticipates His Second Coming.