Five Lakes Church looks to the first church in Acts as our role model. The early Christians loved one another – not only in word, but also in actions. For over 50 years, our church has been committed to welcoming the people of Sylvania, OH and beyond into relationship with Jesus Christ.

We are a multigenerational church, physically and spiritually, where all believers mature and new believers are born. We see people of all ages deepening their knowledge, wisdom, and faith.


Each Christian is encouraged to approach the Scripture in their own personal study and discover for themselves what the Bible teaches. While we stand firm on some doctrinal topics, we allow for diversity of thought on many issues. We believe that diversity—when accompanied by dialogue, love, and mutual respect—is far more healthy than intolerant uniformity.

As the early founders of our church proclaimed; “In essentials of our faith, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love.”

We agree to disagree agreeably, and in all things to love each other.  The following is a brief summary of some of the key beliefs of Five Lakes Church.



We believe in the absolute inspiration of the Holy Scriptures in their original writings. That they were given by the Holy Spirit without error as He moved upon holy men of old. Furthermore, we believe that since the church was Christ’s idea and His creation the church has no authority to establish doctrine or practice contrary to the same scriptures which were subsequently accepted as Canon by the early Christian Church. (II Timothy 3:16) On the other hand the church has the privilege of exercising every authority outlined in scripture and living in every promise made by God to the church.


We believe that it is impossible to truly explain God entirely. We can only understand what He has revealed of Himself. There is One God and Father of all. (Ephesians 4:6) He is expressed or revealed in the three persons or manifestations of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16). He is both one and three. (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1)


We believe that Jesus was willingly sent by the Father to become the sacrifice for the sin of mankind. His sacrifice would fulfill the law and allow anyone who accepted His Lordship by faith to receive the free gift of salvation.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was the only-begotten son of the Father, and is truly God and truly man. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, resurrected bodily for our justification, and now reigns in Glory until all things be put under His feet. (I Timothy 3:16)


We believe that individuals who have a revelation of Jesus Christ as Savior in their lives can then be called believers. When two or more believers gather together that is what scripture calls the Church.

We believe that every believer has the empowerment and responsibility to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through words and deeds. The local church is the most powerful evangelistic of Christ.

We believe in the Priesthood of the believer. That is to say all people born of God have equal status before God and direct access to their Lord. (I Peter 2:5)

We believe the identity of the body of Christ on the earth is primarily perceived through the local church. (Revelation 2, 3)

We believe that the callings of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are functional within the body of Christ until the Lord’s return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the church for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, that the body of Christ may be edified. (Ephesians 4:11-16)

Meet our Team

Micah & Kristy Sutton

Senior Pastor

Benton & Lindsay Cole

Executive Pastor

Chris & Heather Folck

Student Pastor

David & Olivia Helkenn

Worship Pastor

Becky & Tony Rydman

Kids Pastor

Stephanie Cousino

Operations Manager

Betty Bassett

Outreach Director

Debbie Powazki

Connections Coordinator

Laura Bernsdorff

Member Care Coordinator

Kim Wagoner

Administrative Assistant

Jessica McKiddy

Kids Ministry Assistant

Christa Gomez

Student Ministry Assistant

Michelle Wernert

Special Needs Coordinator