Our Team

Our Team

We love to create and support fellowship together.


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Elders

Church council


Pastor

Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams

Scotty hails from the southern United States and is the founding pastor of All Souls Protestant Church. He is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern College, and attended Bethel Theological Seminary where he earned an M.A. and D.Min.

Before coming to St. Gallen, Scotty served as assistant minister of Morrison Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota and associate pastor of the International Protestant Church of Zürich. He and his wife Maria, who is from Switzerland, are the proud parents of their son Ian and share a heart for Church renewal in Europe. Along with painting, hiking, good books, and Zydeco music, Scotty enjoys cooking dishes from his native Louisiana and learning new recipes.

Dr. Barbara Signer

Chair

Christian Education

Vacant

Karsten Risseeuw

Outreach

Charmaine Strey

Inreach

Kristina Kaessens

Gatherings

Liturgists

Music Team


Claire Pasquier

Piano and organ

Candy Grace Ho

Cantor

Andreas Bont

Guitar and Mandolin

Ministers

The Congregation


Though every Christian is not a pastor or elder, we are all responsible for proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus in all places and parts of life. This responsibility is called the priesthood of all believers where every Christian is a minister that the world might know the love of God in Jesus Christ.


Our Covenant

Our Covenant

To live out our calling.


Introduction

God’s grace is a gift that is freely given, and the only thing required of us is to live in response to it through loving God, our neighbours, and all that God has made. Therefore, our covenant is not a list of rules, but a personal and communal commitment to love our Creator, humanity, and the beautiful world around us.

Covenant

As a fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ, we at All Souls commit to:

  • FOLLOW – Keep the way of Christ in all things. (John 14:15-24)
  • WORSHIP – Adore, confess, and thank Christ through Word, Sacrament
    [Baptism and the Eucharist], Song, and Prayer. (Hebrews 10:19-25)
  • PROCLAIM – Uplift the Gospel of Christ as it is presented in the Apostles’ Creed.
  • FELLOWSHIP – Be Christ’ beloved community in and beyond the sanctuary. (Acts 2:42-47)
  • SERVE – Welcome and care for all people, no matter what their condition, as if they
    were Christ Himself. (Matthew 25:31-46)
  • RECONCILE – Be agents of Christ’ healing to the broken people and places of the
    world. (Micah 6:6-8)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.


Our beliefs

Our Beliefs

The following topics are part of our identity


Mission

As a fellowship of the Evangelical-Reformed Church of St. Gallen, All Souls seeks to be a community that is Nahe bei Gott – nahe bei den Menschen (Close to God – close to people) and actively lives out 1 Corinthians 3:11:

“For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Core Values

Through Jesus Christ, who we believe was fully God and fully human, we are close to our Creator and the world He has made. Therefore our core values are:

  • Adoration
  • Confession
  • Thanksgiving

We adore, confess, and thank Christ through Word, Sacrament, Fellowship, Song, Prayer, Creeds, His Gospel, and keeping His way of service and love.

Expression of Faith

Every worshipping community has its own tradition or expression of faith, and at All Souls our expression is Christian and Reformed.

As a Christian community we affirm with all other Christian Churches:

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead; on the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, and He is seated at the right hand of God the Father; He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic (universal) Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

God has spoken to humanity through Jesus, so that we might know of His goodness, existence and endless love (Hebrews 1:1-3, Romans 1:19-21, John 3:16). We affirm that salvation is an act of God’s love that comes by grace to sin-filled people, through faith in Christ alone (Acts 4:12, John 14:6).

The Authority of the Holy Scriptures

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are a witness to God’s love throughout the ages. They are inspired by God and authoritative to direct the behavior of His people in matters of faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:2-4). We affirm the primacy of the Scriptures over all other creeds, which exist to reflect the teaching and affirmations of the Scriptures in certain times and situations.

As a Reformed community we affirm with all other Reformed Churches:

The Marks of the Church

The founders of the Reformed tradition (Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, and Peter Martyr to name a few) taught that the true Church can be recognized by two marks: preaching the Word (the Bible) and celebrating the Sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion). These two marks are the strongest ways in which Christians proclaim the Gospel and God’s love when they gather together for worship.

Confessional Commitment

Every Christian tradition has confessions or statements of faith that convey their specific beliefs. In the Reformed tradition there are ten main confessions which are the:

  • Apostles Creed
  • Nicene Creed
  • Helvetic Confession
  • Belgic Confession
  • Heidelberg Catechism
  • Canons of Dort
  • Scots Confession
  • Westminster Confession
  • 1689 Baptist Confession
  • Accra Confession

Though Scripture is higher than our confessions, we believe that they are historic witnesses of God’s love throughout the ages.

Download: Book of Confessions

God’s Grace in Jesus Christ

We are all sinners who fall short of God’s glory, and deserve to be left as we are. Nevertheless, we are still unconditionally loved by God and can rejoice that He does not leave us in our sins. Through Jesus Christ, God covers us with righteousness and transforms us by grace or His favor that we cannot earn.

Election for Salvation and Service

As sinners we do not reach out and find God for ourselves; instead God reaches out in love through Jesus Christ and finds us, and this is called Election. In Election God draws us to Himself by grace, not because of anything we have done, and calls us to freely share His grace through service and love to the world.

Covenant Life in Church

We are elected in Christ to become members of the community of His new covenant. This covenant, which God Himself guarantees, unites us to Christ and to one another in love. In Christ, we are adopted into the family of God the Father and find a new identity as brothers and sisters. Our faith requires our active participation in this covenant community by taking part in a congregation or gathering of believers.

Church Discipline

Church discipline is often seen as punishing people for sins, but this is not so. Discipline is an act of love that is all about growing in holiness through keeping the commands of Jesus, imitating Him, and caring for the well-being of others. Sometimes discipline involves dismissing people from fellowship, which is always painful, but this should only be done with love and care for those being dismissed. Also, dismissal should only be a last resort for instances where the negative actions of a group or individual (e.g., theft, harassment or abuse of any kind, etc.) are deeply harming the life of a congregation.

Faithful Stewardship of all of Life

Both women and men alike are called to all the ministries and offices (pastor, elder, and deacon) of the Church and every Christian is called to proclaim and live the Gospel in all places and parts of life. Through doing justice, loving mercy and walking humble with God, every Christian is called to extend the Lordship, love, and blessings of Christ to every corner of the world and to offer intercession to God on behalf of the world.

Theological Generosity

Though the Reformed tradition, has essential tenets to unite its members, it is also a broad tradition with diverse opinions on various theological subjects (e.g., baptism); also, Christianity in general is broad and diverse. Though our differences of opinion are important and enriching, they are not essentials for following Jesus. Therefore, as St. Augustine encouraged, we seek unity in what is essential, liberty in what is not essential, and the love of Christ in all agreement and disagreement.


All Souls Logo

All Souls Logo

The evaluation and expression of an idea


The All Souls Protestant Church logo depicts our desire to gather people around Jesus in Word (Scripture) and Sacrament (Baptism and the Eucharist). The blue dots of different shades and sizes symbolize this gathering, and in making a Celtic cross they show that Church is when people from all walks of life come together in Jesus’ name.


History

Our History

The history of the All Souls Protestant Church


Our community is the result of years of prayer and discussion among the leaders of the Evangelical-Reformed Church of canton St. Gallen, who felt the need for an outreach within the cantonal Church to English-speaking expats. In the summer of 2015, the Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams and a group of charter Elders (Heinz Fäh, Regula Hermann, Markus Anker, Vicki Gabathuler, Karl Hermann Mehlau, Remi Tobler, and Andreas Hausanmann) were commissioned by the cantonal Church to plant an English congregation in the city of St. Gallen.

Since our first service on March 27th (Easter Sunday) of 2016, All Souls Protestant Church has become and is becoming more than just the outreach our leaders envisioned years ago. It has become a spiritual home where people of all walks of life, including non-English speakers, can experience God’s grace together in worship and fellowship.

All Souls Protestant Church therefor is not a local, but a regional community. We are firmly embedded in swiss and international church networks, cooperating with churches in several swiss cantons.