WHO WE ARE

Our mission is to create and cultivate a community of believers whose main purpose is to release the love of Jesus. We welcome all who desire to experience the love of God, worship together, be equipped, and fellowship in Christian community. We are an independent, non-denominational Christian Church and a partner in the Encounter Church Global Movement. Below you will find the three pillars of our Encounter church Las Vegas.


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GOD'S PRESENCE

This is our number one priority at Encounter. The Presence of God!

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REAL COMMUNITY

You will find a community of like minded, faith filled people.

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IDENTITY IN CHRIST

God has created you in His image and likeness. He calls you by name!

OUR MISSION & VISION

Our mission is to see personal, regional, and global expansion of God's

kingdom through His manifest presence.

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Our first ministry is to God, therefore we worship with extravagant joy & gratitude.

Our personal relationship with Him is our number one priority.

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Salvation frees us from the power of the devil - sin, lies, sickness & torment.

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Every believer is a supernatural minister of the gospel of power whom signs & wonders should follow.

All ministry flows from the prayer, "Thy kingdom come...on earth as it is in heaven."

We equip and send the church to carry on the works of Jesus.

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We demonstrate God's grace, His unconditional love & transforming power, to everyone.

We impact every socioeconomic group & cultural realm that mercy & justice would reign

because we pastor a city, not just a church.

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Christ is returning for a glorious overcoming bride - His Church and We are more than

"sinners saved by grace".

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We are saints - sons & daughters of the King. So we expect to successfully fulfill the Great Commission, passing on revival from one generation to the next, even if the world grows darker in the last days. We embrace the biblical government of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.


      

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Along with the historical Church, in all nations, and in all denominations, we affirm the following statements of faith, known as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.   


THE APOSTLES' CREED
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit And born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

THE NICENE CREED
We believe in one God the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. 

Who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic (global) and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


OUR VIEWS ON:

THE TRINITY + GOD THE FATHER + JESUS + THE HOLY SPIRIT



OUR STORY

In 2009, Zack & Rachelle Wechsler founded The Encounter Community Church in a small coffee shop just outside of Las Vegas, NV. It was the cry of their heart to see lives radically changed by the love of God. The Holy Spirit arrested the hearts of prodigals, pimps, prostitutes, homeless, and the broken because Zack and Rachelle answered the call. In the summer of 2011 Chris and Carley Ritchie packed up their family and moved to Las Vegas to join with what God was doing through Encounter, serving as the worship pastors.


Over a decade later - Encounter Church Las Vegas is a thriving, spirit-filled, dynamic church that has seen hundreds of miracles, salvations, signs, and wonders. In 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, Zack and Rachelle once again answered the call of God and accepted the role as senior leaders at New Hope Community Church, in Rochester, NY. "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, but will shake the nations for the glory of God" has been our prophetic cry for years.  So taking what was birthed in Vegas and releasing it to the northeast is an answer to that cry and an expansion of this movement.


In what was a natural fit, and God-ordained, Chris & Carley Ritchie became the senior leaders of Encounter Church Las Vegas. They carry the same heart to see sons and daughters raised up and released into their calling and to see the captives set free through the love of Jesus. They are following the leading of the Holy Spirit for this church and for this city and are excited, humbled, and honored to be the new senior leaders.