Enjoy Church exist to lead people to experience and enjoy the unconditional LOVE of Christ!
We believe that being part of a church family should be fun! Since God intended for us to live our lives to the fullest, we encourage believers to follow the plan God has crafted specifically for them. At Enjoy Church, we put everything we do through the filter of our Top Five core values – Love, Unity, Joy, Leadership, and Promotion. By putting God first, and by creating an inclusive atmosphere that’s relevant to our culture, we seek to lead others to experience and enjoy living a God-first life.
We base all our teachings off the Bible, which is the living Word of God. We believe that God is the creator of all things. That His son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. That through His death and resurrection, we are promised salvation and right standing with God. That through living out our faith, we are compelled to change the world around us for the better, even if it means changing one life at a time. We believe that there is nothing you can’t accomplish with God in your life.
In 1975, Gary & Sue Carstens began a community church under the name New Testament Fellowship Church. The mission was to imitate the church of the New Testament, where anyone of any race, creed, background, or socio-economic status could come and worship together. In the early 1990s, New Testament Fellowship broke ground on a piece of land in Alton, Illinois, just off Homer Adams Parkway.
Gary & Sue’s son, Daren Carstens, and his wife Laura, became senior pastors of NTF Church in 2000. A second campus serving the Fairview Heights/O’Fallon, Illinois opened in 2009, and in 2010 we changed our name to Enjoy Church to express our church’s heartbeat, encapsulated in the scripture in John 10:10 – “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance to the full, till it overflows.”
In 2015, Enjoy Church’s second campus found a permanent home on Regency Park Drive in O’Fallon, Illinois. Combined with our television program that airs in the St. Louis area and other major metropolitan areas, and our online campus, people regularly worship with Enjoy Church across 4 different continents.