Lead Pastors – Sean and Faith Alexander
Our Pastors, Sean and Faith Alexander, believe the Church is the Hope of the world and are committed to encouraging people to live an authentic christian life. Above anything else, they desire to lead others closer to Jesus and for people to know God for who He really is. Growing up in the church, they want people to know it’s not about religion, it’s about relationship. It’s not about behavior modification, it’s about true heart transformation.
Pastors Sean and Faith have been married 21 years. They met as teens and after a long series of events started dating in 1994. Nine months later, they were married. They both had heard the call for ministry at a young age, and jumping in with both feet, began serving under Faith’s dad, Pastor John. In less than 3 years of marriage and ministry, they attended Bible school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating in 2000, they went to the Czech Republic on missions. After returning to the states Sean worked in Church marketing and Sales. He helped a fledgling division to become the largest of it’s kind in the U.S., eventually being relocated to Headquarters in Austin Texas. Together, during this time they were ordained into ministry, helping church plants and new starts. Working in Student ministries, as children’s pastor, leading worship, preaching, launching a campuses. Eventually, they ended up at Celebration Church in Georgetown, TX.
While still working in the corporate world, Sean was having a quiet moment with God, when, as he puts it, “It was like the Matrix, God downloaded some things in my spirit”, they were: 1. Go to the Cleveland, Ohio area, plant a church, stay with the company you’re with and wait 5 years until the next step.” “We never had any intentions of being pastors or moving to Ohio, so this was a surprise to us!”, says Faith. They began to pray over this new commission together and to serve wherever planted.
Eventually, they ended up at Celebration Church in Georgetown, TX. While at Celebration Church, they both said, “Let’s just jump in and see how they’re doing this!” It was exciting to see a church with a similar culture and vision God had given them. While serving at Celebration Church, Pastors Sean and Faith attended the ARC (association of related churches) conference that just happened to be hosted and held at Celebration 5 years from the word of the Lord! We couldn’t believe it, we’re sitting in the conference and speaker, Pastor Craig says, “One of the greatest tools of evangelism in the world today, is church planting.” We began to weep, God was showing us the next step.” They began the process with the ARC and completed an internship with Celebration. In 2009, Pastors Joe and Lori Champion sent them out to plant Venue Church! In radical faith and obedience, Pastors Sean and Faith moved with their 5 children (now 6) to Ohio!
Our mission, at Venue is to draw people closer to Jesus regardless of how far away they are from him. Venue’s vision is to “lead people to become fully engaged followers of Jesus Christ”. We do that through our six R’s. The first three speak to how we become Fully Engaged.
REACH – Lost People Found
RESTORE – Found People Free
RELEASE – Free People Empowered
The second three speak to the culture of how that happens.
REAL – Be authentic at all cost.
RELEVANT – The most relevant language is love.
Cover everything in it.
RELATIONAL – We need each other.
The word Venue is defined as somewhere that action takes place. We have that decision to make at church, or at work or at home. The people are the church. It’s God’s Love in Action. We filter everything we do through that. Are we reflecting Christ’s love? Because it’s his love that’s radically transformed our pastors and compelled them to live by radical faith.