Whether it’s your first time here, or you’ve been coming for a while and simply want to know more about us, you’ve come to the right place. Our heart is to: “Seek Jesus, Point to Jesus, and Walk with Jesus.” Below you’ll find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
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- How can I learn more about following Jesus?
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
If you would like to know HOW you can BEGIN a relationship with God, or even what you are supposed to do NEXT once you’ve accepted Christ… you can click on the “GROW” tab on this website and then scroll down to a page that describes everything you’d want to know. If you’d like to talk to our pastor, he is always available and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
- When do you meet?
Alpine Chapel’s main service begins each Sunday at10am. We have other Bible Studies and special events throughout the week. Please see our EVENTS page for more details.
- Where are you located?
Alpine Chapel is the cute, little church located half a block off the main drag in Telluride, Colorado. We’re also a block away from the famous Telluride Gondola. The address is: 122 S. Aspen Street.
- Is Alpine Chapel affiliated with a particular denomination?
Alpine Chapel is an interdenominational body of believers made up from a wide variety of religious backgrounds, striving to live out the Biblical command to love God, each other and our neighbors well. This means worshipping and following Jesus Christ not only through our words, but also through the lives we lead. We strive to avoid religiosity, attempting to live honestly before the real and living God—constantly engaging with and committing fully to worshipping God, in and through everything.
- What Can I Expect?
At Alpine Chapel our main weekend service is approximately 60-75 minutes long. We put a great emphasis on musical worship in our services. We believe that God made us to worship and He created music so that it reaches into the heart and soul of people unlike anything else. Therefore, it is woven throughout everything we do. Worship is our opportunity to reflect God’s love back at Him while allowing our hearts to be shaped the way that He wants them to be. It’s always an intimate time, led by our passionate worship team. Our church is made of people who have come from a variety of denominations and church backgrounds. We invite people to freely express their worship in a “decent and orderly” way during our services (1 Corinthians 14:40).
We teach through the Bible with it’s original context and meaning as our starting point. Most times we’ll teach through a Book of the Bible verse-by-verse. Occasionally, we’ll center on a theme and dig deeper into a topic. Our goal is to breathe life into the people, places, and stories of Scripture and to always provide practical application of God’s Word to our lives today. Our desire is that Jesus, the Living Word, would touch your life during this time.
OTHER THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW:
We enjoy a casual, relaxed environment; come dressed as you are… seriously!
We are a community of people who love God, each other,… and you!
We offer excellent ministries for infants and toddlers as well as an exciting Children’s Ministry, IGNITE, for older children. We believe that worship is important for all ages, therefore, older children will join us for worship, and then be dismissed to their class.
- What is Alpine Chapel’s Vision?
Our vision is to reveal the authentic Jesus and His unconditional love and grace.
We exist to:
- Provide sound Biblical teaching.
- Celebrate community through fellowship, discipleship, community service, outreach, and worship, while expecting nothing in return.
- Lead Spirit-filled, welcoming worship that shifts our focus to God and away from ourselves.
- Meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the community through our ministries.
- Bring people who do not know Jesus into a personal, saving relationship with Him.
- Equip people in multiple, thriving small groups to grow spiritually.
- Identify our spiritual gifts and find opportunities to use those gifts to serve.
li>We do life together, regularly meeting in small and large groups in order to connect to one another and our larger community.
Alpine Chapel ministers to the community of Telluride Colorado to locals, second homeowners, and visitors. We are located at 122 South Aspen Street. We have been in our current location since completion of our building in 2010 and we are debt free.
Alpine Chapel began as a mission church from Rosemont Baptist Church in Montrose, Colorado during the mid 70s. Alpine Chapel was originally named The Telluride Baptist Church. The Church began worshipping at the Porterfield Stone building in town. The small congregation met in the upstairs of the Porterfield building, which they called “The Upper Room.” The Telluride Baptist Church changed locations several times during the first 20 years. We met at the school lunch room, music room, private homes, the Christian Fellowship building, and the Nugget Movie Theater. And from the Nugget Movie Theater we moved into our current space. In 1997, Telluride Baptist Church became independent, self-supporting from Rosemont Baptist Church and was officially named The Alpine Chapel of Telluride. We continue to have affiliation with Rosemont Baptist Church as friends. Our congregation grew and the desire and possibilities to have a home building to worship was pursued. Money was raised and then land was purchased in Mountain Village. Plans and models were made, going before the architectural design review committee. It was determined that Mountain Village did not want or need a church. No church building would be allowed to be built on the lot owned by Alpine Chapel. The Chapel land was sold and the money was put into savings. George Greenbanks architectural building and land in town was up for sale. With God’s help, we raised funds again. All members gave as best they could. The Second Home Fellowship financially challenged each other to meet the remaining balance and the challenge was met. The land was purchased in 2008 and our plans were approved by the town. We broke ground in 2009 and the church was complete in 2010. We are so thankful that God blessed us with this building to gather. The church building is currently being utilized for Sunday Worship, Children’s programs, and other church ministry and community events. We continue to thrive within our own church building, to “Seek Jesus, Point to Jesus, and to Walk with Jesus.” In April of 2018 Alpine Chapel welcomed our new senior pastor, Michael Craft.
Michael Craft has been a pastor since 1989, and is ordained with Calvary Chapel. Michael has a sincere passion for God, a passion for people, and a passion for creating a platform to bring the two together. He grew up as a pastor’s kid and spent his boyhood moving quite a bit. He met his wife, Kelli, in a college study group, where he fell madly in love. They married in August of 1990. Michael earned his undergraduate degree in pastoral studies/theology by attending schools in Southern California and Central Oregon. He was a crazy youth pastor for eight years and then took the Lead Pastor position of a small church just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Michael continued his education, working towards his Master’s degree, at a Messianic Jewish Institute in Kansas City where he learned to love, read and teach the Bible in new and transformative ways. The church he pastored grew to an average of 900-1,000 persons a weekend and began making a loud noise for the cause of Christ in the small suburb. He and his wife were at this church for 18 years (from July 1995 until August of 2013). Michael and Kelli moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado in August of 2013, where Michael served on the staff of Calvary Worship Center for 4 years, as an Equipping Pastor; Overseeing missions, children’s ministries, youth, young adults, a satellite campus, benevolence, and the counseling department.
Michael and Kelli have three sons (Conor, Kolten, and Caleb), two daughters (Michaela-Rayn and Merci), three daughters-in-law (Amy, Diana, and Jocelyn), and one granddaughter (Lovely Joy).
Michael loves to give hugs, ride motorcycles, go to the gym, watch old movies, scream during NFL football, be with friends, dream about owning a VW Bug again, listen to classic Christian rock and Jazz, grill outdoors, scarf sushi, hang out with each member of his incredible family, and much more. He has some Scripture tattoos, a ssssslight ssssslur, and uses the expressions “dude” and “awesome” way too much.
While Sunday morning worship is important, if that’s your only involvement with church, it’ll be difficult (okay, impossible) to become connected to our community in a meaningful way.
There are several avenues to getting involved, and in turn, building relationships with other people at Alpine Chapel. Please explore this website for other ways you can jump in and become a part of all that God is doing here. Special classes, Bible studies, and regular community outreach events are just a few of the ways. Of course, you can always talk with someone in leadership, and perhaps most importantly, to get started you can attend our D.N.A. classes (these are offered on the second and fourth Sunday of every month and are meant to help people Discover more about Alpine Chapel, Navigate their way to where God can minister to them and through them at Alpine Chapel, and then be Activated into authentic and exciting ministry opportunities).