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OUR TEAM

MEET OUR tEAM

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Stephen Blandino is the Lead Pastor at 7 City Church. He holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Regent University and a Bachelor of Science in Church Ministries from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Prior to starting 7 City Church, Stephen served as an executive pastor and vice-president of a leadership development organization. 

 

Stephen has over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership, coaching, and organizational development. Stephen blogs regularly at StephenBlandino.com and is the author of several books including Stop Chasing Easy, Do Good Works, GO! Starting a Personal Growth Revolution, Creating Your Church’s Culture, and co-author with Karen Blandino of Unexpected: What to Do When Life Disrupts Your Plans

 

Karen holds a Master’s in Counseling from TCU and a Bachelor of Arts in History from UTA. Karen has served seven years as a teacher and is currently a Counselor in the Burleson I.S.D. Karen is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private counseling practice. She's also an author and blogs at www.karenblandino.com

 

Stephen was born in Lakenheath, England, lived in Florida and Alaska, and grew up in Texas (His parents were in the Air Force). Karen was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Stephen and Karen have been married since 1991 and have one daughter, Ashley, son-in-law, Dylan, and two grandsons, Elijah and Wyatt. Stephen & Karen enjoy reading, movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Blog: www.stephenblandino.com

Blog: www.karenblandino.com

Stephen & Karen Blandino
Lead Pastors
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Brooke
Richardson

Admin Assistant 

BRichardson@7citychurch.com

Brooke is the administrative assistant at 7 City Church. She is originally from Mobile, AL and has lived in the great state of Texas since 2019. She currently attends Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, TX where she is studying Social Work. She holds an associate degree in both Criminal Justice and Biblical Studies. Her passion is to support and assist; her love is organization and cats. 

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Quinton
Cummings

Young Adults & Connections Pastor

QCummings@7citychurch.com

Quinton Cummings is originally from Georgia. He has previously served as a Youth & Young Adults Pastor in both Georgia and Wisconsin.

 

He's been in ministry serving in many different roles since 2013. Not your ordinary leader, his personal philosophy and passion is influencing culture by being real, righteous and relevant through his visual and practical teachings of God's word, loving people, and encouraging them. 

Quinton aspires to reach people from all different walks of life, beliefs, backgrounds, cities, and the world with a relevant message of God's word, but also his love to and for them. 

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Jason
Nix

Worship & Media Pastor

JNix@7citychurch.com

Jason and Elizabeth Nix are Texas natives who love the city of Fort Worth. Jason has been in ministry for over 15 years, serving in a wide variety of roles. His passion is to see the "Big C" church developed and brought to new levels of maturity and passion for Jesus. Jason received his undergraduate degree from the Harold Able School of Psychology in 2019. 

Jason and Liz long to see hurting hearts and families restored. They know the life changing power that can be experienced when we allow God to lead and direct us. 

OUR DREAM

Our dream

We dream of a church that transforms cities. We envision a church that shapes the future of societies locally and globally. We envision a church that equips people to know Christ personally and be transformed by the power of His Spirit and His Word. We dream of a church committed to authentic, biblical, Christ-centered community with other followers of Christ. We envision a church that awakens people to their God-given purpose and unleashes them to grow to their full capacity. We see a church that mentors and mobilizes emerging generations to create the future. We envision a church that positively influences culture. We dream of a church that is outrageously generous and is committed to seeing people redeemed to Christ and societies restored to their God-intended design. We envision a church that changes the future.

OUR STORY

OUR STORY

In January of 2012, after years of prayer and reflection, Stephen and Karen Blandino made a decision to start a church in the West 7th area of Fort Worth, Texas. That same month, after serving on staff for many years with Pastor Darius Johnston from Christ Church in Fort Worth (now Movement City Church), Stephen shared his vision with Pastor Darius for the heart of the city. 

 

Cities are cultural hubs in our world, and cities are shaped by seven channels of culture: business, government, education, arts/entertainment/media, medicine and the social sector, the church, and the family. As one man said, “Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals,” and that’s the heart of 7 City’s vision. 

 

In May of 2012, a building was secured at 2900 W. Lancaster (just three blocks from the heart of West 7th). Plans were developed and teams were formed, and on Sunday, September 16, 2012, 7 City Church launched near the cultural arts district just outside of downtown Fort Worth. One year later, 7 City added a second service. 

 

Over the years, 7 City has reached people with the Gospel, served the city of Fort Worth, helped plant churches in other culturally influential cities, and supported missions work around the world. And in 2019, 7 City completed a major renovation to enlarge our auditorium, kids space, lobby, and offices to reach more people with the hope of the Gospel. 

 

Today, 7 City Church is passionate about pursuing its vision to see cities transformed by equipping people to know Christ, experience community, and influence culture. We invite you to join us in this journey. 

CORE VALUES

CORE VALUES

SCRIPTURAL TRUTH

We value Scripture as the ultimate authoritative, original truth.

BOLD PRAYERS

We value dreaming big and praying bigger.

AWAKENING PURPOSE

We value unleashing people to fulfill their God-given purpose.

BIBLICAL COMMUNITY

We value Christ-centered relational community.

PERSONAL GROWTH

We value personalized and unrelenting lifelong learning. 

CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION

We value the redemption of people & the restoration of societies.

NEXT GENERATION

We value the mentorship and mobilization of emerging generations.

EXPONENTIAL LEADERSHIP

We value the replication of culture-shaping leaders & churches.

INTEGRITY + INNOVATION

We value firm integrity coupled with flexible innovation.

OUTRAGEOUS GENEROSITY

We value unconventional generosity that advances good.

STATEMENT OF FATH

STATEMENT OF FAITH

GOD

God is the Creator of all that exists, both seen and unseen. God is eternal and completely good, knowing all things and having all power. God exists as the Trinity, in three persons, yet one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God passionately desires relationship with us and invites us into a personal relationship with Him.

(Genesis 1:1; John 14:6-9, 15-17 and John 16:7-15; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 4:9-10)

 

JESUS

God expressed himself in human form through His son Jesus Christ. He was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18-23), lived a sinless life (Hebrew 7:26 & I Peter 2:22 & I John 3:4,5), was crucified for the sins of all (2 Corinthians 5:21 & 1 Peter 2:24 & 1 Corinthians 15:4), was buried, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9,11 & Philippians 2:9-11). Forgiveness of our sins and right relationship with God, are found through Him alone (Rom. 10:9-10, Acts 4:12).

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

God the Holy Spirit, convicts the world of sin and draws us to the Father (John 16:8); He baptizes us into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13); He leads us to truth (John 16:13); He counsels us (John 14:16); He teaches us (John 14:26); He empowers us (Acts 1:8); He continually fills us (Acts 4:31, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 5:18); He distributes gifts to every follower of Christ (1 Cor. 12:4-11). The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity.

 

THE BIBLE

The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13 & 2 Peter 1:20-21).

 

HUMAN BEINGS

People are created in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character (Genesis 2:26). Although every person has the potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” By a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions. Adam and Eve were excommunicated from the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left man in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23), thus separating man from God.

 

SALVATION

Salvation is God's free gift available to anyone willing to accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6). Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He offers each of us a pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:26) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12). When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction. We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life (Revelation 3:5). We become citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20-21). We are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are adopted and become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7). Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12). We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Romans 4:4-5). We are born-again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (1 Corinthians 6:20). We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 & 1 Peter 1:3-5). We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

 

THE CHURCH 

The Church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) committed to worship God (1 Cor. 12:13), share the redeeming hope of Christ with the world (Acts 1:8 & Mark 16:15-16), and to equip the community of faith to serve others and bring about transformation in society (Ephesians 4:11-16 & 1 Cor. 12:28, 14:12).

 

WATER BAPTISM

The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to all that we have died to sin and have been raised to walk in new life in Christ (Romans 6:4).

 

COMMUNION

Communion consists of two elements: the bread and the cup. Those elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial of Christ's sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation (1 Cor. 11:17-34).

 

MARRIAGE

We believe marriage is defined in the Bible as a covenant, a sacred bond between one man and one woman instituted by and publicly entered into before God

(Matthew 19:4-6).

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