What to Expect:
We use the term “Faith Family” a bunch around here. It’s what we consider ourselves. We want you to be a part of our family! Here’s what you can expect on a Sunday at The Rock:
WHAT WE’RE LIKE.
A lot of shorts and t-shirts in the summer, but some people still like to wear a tie or a dress. We’ve had several guests say that our attenders are genuine and friendly … we agree. Guys here like to talk about the big fish they caught that weekend, girls like to laugh and hold babies, and our Senior Adults love our coffee. We strive to provide a relaxed and authentic environment that honors God and teaches the Bible
WHEN YOU GET HERE.
When you walk up to the front doors, you’ll see a few smiling greeters who are excited to say hello and shake your hand. If hand shaking isn’t your thing, no big deal. We WON’T make it awkward. We have Valet Parking available for everyone. It’s our gift to you. And no, our guys won’t accept tips, no matter what!
IF YOU HAVE KIDS.
You can check kids into our nursery, preschool and grade school age programs at the Welcome Center. We take your kids’ safety very seriously, so we have a quick process to increase security. If you have any special needs or have some information that you would like our Kids Workers to know, please tell us! Just find someone with a nametag lanyard on. We want to give your child the best possible experience at The Rock.
WHAT WE DO DURING CHURCH.
We sing new worship songs, old hymns, and everything in between. If you like variety, we have it.
Pastor Greg teaches straight from the Bible. We are very serious about the authority of the Word of God. However, we often have fun doing it. He will frequently use personal stories and experiences to make some things easier to understand. If you want to hear a sermon or two before you come, please feel free to do so, just click watch or listen to hear any sermon online.
Pastor Greg will be in front of the auditorium at the end of the service. He would love to get a chance to meet you and just say hello.
What We Believe:
The Rock Church is a church under the lordship of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, we are committed to contending for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). In unity with the historic Christian church, we believe and confess the Apostles’, Nicene and Chalcedonian Creeds as accurate representations of Scripture’s teaching. In addition to these historic formulations, we are situated within the evangelical, Reformed and Baptist traditions.
The theological distinctives within The Rock Church Statement of Faith reflect what distinguishes The Rock Church from other churches who would affirm the basic doctrines. These distinctives indelibly shape the way that The Rock Church is led and the direction the church is headed. You can find a copy of our Statement of Faith
At The Rock, we don’t want to be the best in the community; we want to be the best for the community. Therefore, we won’t be satisfied until everyone in Laurel hears and responds to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is our ultimate goal, and we cannot rest until we reach it. We continually adapt and change our strategy to accomplish that goal. As the Apostle Paul said, “I have become all these things to all people, so that by all means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
To take people from where they are to where God wants them to be.
1. Jesus is the Center – Focus
2. Growing People Change – Discipleship
3. Found People Find People – Evangelism
4. Saved People Serve People – Service
5. Excellence Honors God - Effort
6. Connected People Thrive – Community
7. Generosity is Contagious - Sacrifice
8. What We Do, We Do Together – Unity
About Our Pastor:
Greg Payton, a husband, father, pastor, and avid fly fisherman, was born into a pastor’s home in 1972. He was involved in ministry from day one. He graduated from Orange Park High School in Orange Park, Florida, in 1990. At 15 years of age, Greg surrendered his life to full-time Christian service. After three years at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, he transferred to Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma, to be closer to his college sweetheart, (and soon to be wife) Patty McGowen.
Greg graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. From there, he began a career as a Farmers Insurance Agent in Norman, Oklahoma. Realizing the call to ministry on his life, Greg left the insurance business and went to seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He began his ministry as Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma. In 2002 Greg and Patty moved to Billings, Montana to plant what would become The Rock Church.
Greg is currently serving on the Board of Directors for LaVie in Billings and the Montana Southern Baptist Convention. He has spent many hours volunteering for organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Casting for Recovery, Lat 45 Ministries, and the Federation of Fly Fishers.
Greg and his wife Patty live in Billings, Montana, with their three sons Tanner (24), Nathan (21), and Josh (19). The newest member of their family, Paislee (4)
The Payton family has always had a lot going on. Between Greg pastoring a church and participating in other ministry engagements, his wife Patty works full time and leads the children’s ministry at The Rock. Having three boys active in music and football, things never seemed to slow down. As satisfied as they were with their boys and their busy schedules, the Paytons still longed for one more family member … a little girl.
Having been burdened with a desire to adopt, their family was finally complete in October 2016. Their daughter Paislee was born. She was greeted at the hospital by many arms waiting to welcome her home. Greg and Patty were instantly smitten, as were her big brothers.
Favorite Bible: Verse 2 Corinthians 4:4-6
Assistant To The Pastor