It may seem corny, but we're really proud of our mission statement:
Legend community Church exists to remove barriers between Jesus and those in need of healing and hope. We believe that Jesus is forever on the side of the outcast, the oppressed and the broken, and we, like Him, invite them into community with us.
There are a wide variety of beliefs at Legend, but the only one we hold tightly as a church is the resurrection: Jesus died and came back to life after three days. It's why we celebrate Easter, and why we have hope as Christians.
You are welcome at Legend, no matter what.
Monte will write a bio when he puts his guitar down, so...
Delayne is in the middle of writing VBS and will write her bio after that.
Jason and his wife Kim grew up near Cincinnati, and moved to Oakley in 2002. Jason graduated from Miami University with a degree in Secondary Education, and spent a few years teaching at North College Hill High School in Cincy, before feeling a call to youth ministry and a return to his home church in the northern suburbs as a youth pastor. In 2007, Jason and Kim felt called to plant Legend with Justin and Cristin Dunn, and have pursued that ever since. In that time they’ve had 2 children, Leo and Lucas, Jason finished his MDiv at Cincinnati Christian University and for completely inexplicable reasons he’s decided to teach himself accordion. Jason is an ENFJ, and Enneagram 8, and firmly and most importantly would easily sort into Slytherin House.
Our pastors are not alone at Legend. The leadership team meets twice a month every month. On the second Monday of each month, the team and staff get together to talk about everything from finances to families. On the fourth Monday of every month, we meet to pray for anyone in the community that wants prayer. Everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend either meeting.
Legend was conceived in late 2006, and sprung out of a bible study at a church that Jason and Justin were employed at. Over the course of a couple of months and years of asking God what he wanted them to do, and asking for advice from elders and trusted friends, it became clearer that God was calling us to "plant" a church in Oakley. Since then, most everything has looked differently than anyone had anticipated at the beginning, and a church that doesn't look like most other churches in our area has emerged.
Rather than being driven primarily by doctrine, Legend has strived since the beginning to build a community defined by the person of Jesus, within which questions and diversity are viewed as a healthy thing. There are a lot of folks here from a lot of different social, economic, cultural and religious backgrounds, but all united in their pursuit of Jesus and his way. That has helped us to create an environment where biblical teaching and community groups have formed around Jesus, and in which we can have great conversation and growth in a safe environment.
In 2007, we began meeting in the Oakley Community and Rec Center, having our normal Sunday morning gatherings in this city space, which allows us to have a great relationship with a great service organization in the city and gives us the freedom to do other special events in the community. Our groups tend to meet in people's houses or coffee shops throughout the community, and it's common to see us involved in community events.
In 2017, we moved to our current location, Artsville in Madisonville!