Mariners' Church


We are an evangelical, non-denominational, Christ-centered church in the Annapolis, MD area. Our commitment over our eleven years of existence has been to spread the message of God’s Grace in Jesus Christ for the glory of God. We believe that message changes lives.

At our Sunday services we offer contemporary worship, expositional Biblical preaching, quality nursery and children's ministries. Our commitment on Sundays is to help people KNOW THE TRUTH of God’s Word.

During the week we offer small groups that meet in homes throughout the Annapolis Community. Our commitment during the week is to help people GROW IN COMMUNITY, to build significant friendships around the study of the Sunday sermon.

Our goal is see people transformed from selfishness to servanthood. We want people to discover true joy by helping them GO TO SERVE in the area of their giftedness.

Out commitment is to build people up in the faith, hope and love that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

The Mission of Mariners' Church is:
“To proclaim grace to man and glory to God by helping people know the truth, grow in community, and go to serve.”

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27,3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1: 1-5, 14: 10-30; Hebrews 4: 14, 15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Tim 6:14-15; Titus 2:13.

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father, and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His daily control. II Corinthians 3: 17; John 16:7-13; 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12,3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.

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 and living. Because God inspires it; it is truth without any mixture of error. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119: 105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5.

We believe that man was created in the image of God and though he was made for fellowship with God, the first man sinned, and thereby incurred the judgment of death, which occurred in him first spiritually (he was separated from God), which leads to physical death, which can lead to eternal death. All men are born with a sin nature and all are sinners in thought, word and deed. The great need of sinful men is to be restored to fellowship with God.
Romans 3:23,5:12; Psalm 51:5. Ephesians 2:1.

We believe that God, in His sovereign grace and in His eternal purpose, has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified and accepted on the basis of His shed blood. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ arose from the dead on the third day, according to the Scriptures; that He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God as the believer's High Priest and Advocate. We believe that salvation is God's free gift to us, but we must 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. When we turn from the self-ruled life to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Ephesians 1:4; I Cor 15:3; II Cor 5:21; Romans 5:9; Mark 16:1-14; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 1:3; 4:14; 7:25; I John 2:1-2; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1: 12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3: 16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15;
I Cor 2:7-9.

A mariner is someone who is guided by the use of a compass. Our compass is the Word of God. Mariners’ Church exists to help people become all that God has created them to be, by bringing them into contact with the love of Jesus Christ through the message of His Word.

A mariner is also a person on a mission. We have been given the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to rescue those who are lost in the darkness of this world and to bring them to salvation from sin and eternal life that can only be discovered in the light of Jesus Christ.

Our prayer is that you sense His love for you in every aspect of our ministry and that you become mariners with us by joining us in this exciting journey in which many lives are being transformed for the glory of God.

Senior Pastor Bill McKinney

Here at Mariners' Church, we’ll make sure the first face you see when you approach the church has a smile on it. Whether you have young children or are looking for a place for your teens, a greeter will be nearby to help you get where you need to go.

But don’t worry about what you are wearing. We’re more concerned with meeting your real life needs than with what you wear. So, dress casually and enjoy our upbeat music. Mariners' Church’s team of teaching pastors give practical messages that help you deal with real life issues. We’ll even give you a handy outline with the Bible passages. What you learn on the weekend, you’ll be able to use during the week.

Our Tide Pool classes are a safe and loving environment for children birth through five years. Where special care and attention is given to each child who is entrusted during the worship service. Tide Pool is designed to give preschoolers a first impression of their loving heavenly Father.

Wave Pool, 11 AM, is a small group ministry for your Kindergartener through 5th Grade. This ministry helps children grow up in wisdom, in favor with God and in favor with people.

God has a purpose for your teens! They don't need to wait until they are adults to make their life count! Whether your teen is in high school or junior high, we'll bring a biblical message of hope and challenge to them every week. We use cutting edge videos, fun games and music that rocks to shatter the stereotype that church has to be boring. We offer an exciting church experience geared specifically for either your junior high or high school teens.