About Portsmouth Believers Church
Do you want more?
More of God? More results from your faith?
More power? More passion?
More understanding of the Word of God?
More godly impact on our communities?
Portsmouth Believers Church is a body of believers in the hot pursuit of all of God. We are located in beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and enjoy both the inspired preaching of God's Word and the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit in every service to meet your deepest needs.
To make disciples of Jesus Christ.
To help facilitate the end-time outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
By teaching, preaching, and inspired prayer and worship.
PBC is a full gospel, nondenominational Christian church. Pastor Ed has his ordination and Pastor Margaret her ministerial licensing through Rhema Ministerial Association International (RMAI). The pastors continue the RMAI mandate to "go and teach my people faith." They preach the Word of God simply but powerfully. You will learn the authority of the believer, who you are in Christ, Who Christ is in you, God's provision for you, your purpose in God's plan, and how to live a victorious life.
Our worship includes songs from contemporary Christian worship groups. Our children's classroom for 6 years and younger is available after worship on most Sundays. We have prayer for salvation and for the sick at each service. We have Holy Spirit-directed prayer meetings and offer the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of praying in tongues. We receive communion on a monthly basis, support missions, and hold water baptism by immersion each year. We have men and women's meetings, exciting guest ministers, and fun activities on a regular basis. We invite you to stay after Sunday service for refreshments and connecting with other believers.
Our very first services were Healing Meetings on April 10 & 11, 2015 at the Courtyard by Marriott. After several months there, Portsmouth Believers Church moved their services at the Greenleaf Recreation Center, and then later at Operation Blessing on Lafayette Road. We rented a business condominium at Greenleaf Woods for a few years then stepped up to our larger facility on Heritage Ave. We are in the office space in the front of a warehouse. PBC is always stepping up, for "the steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord and he delights in his ways" (Proverbs 37:23).
Our Pastors' History:
Pastors Ed and Margaret Carnahan served at Word of Life Christian Fellowship in Concord, New Hampshire, from 1992 to 2016 as children's ministers, ministerial staff, and associate pastor. They are graduates of Victory Bible Training Center, in North Reading, MA. Pastor Ed is licensed by Rhema Ministerial Association International in Broken Arrow, OK, and ordained by Word of Life Christian Fellowship, Concord, NH. The Carnahans have enjoyed 33 years of marriage and have two grown children and three cute-as-pie grandchildren. They enjoy working in their yard, watching the frolics of their cat Moz, yard-sailing, and walking New Hampshire's beautiful beaches, towns and country side. Be sure to stop and say Hi if you see them walking about!
Here’s what we believe, teach, and live at Portsmouth Believers Church.....
• The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
• Our God is One, but manifested in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
• Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world.
• Salvation is the gift of God to man through faith in Jesus Christ.
• The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life.
• Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only.
• The Baptism in the Holy Ghost is a gift and is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues.
• We believe in sanctification, which is living a life of holiness.
• Healing is the privilege of every member of the Church today provided through Jesus’ death on the Cross.
• Jesus will return and “. . . The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air . . .” (1 Thess. 4:16–17).”
• The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is eternally lost and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting.
THE SCRIPTURES—The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
THE GODHEAD—Our God is One, but manifested in three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, being coequal (Deut. 6:4; Phil. 2:6). God the Father is greater than all; the Sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1; John 1:18; John 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 14:16; John 15:26).
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION—Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. The Bible says “...all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” and “...There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10; 3:23). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God (Rom. 5:14; 1 John 3:8).
Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Eph. 2:8–10).
ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH—Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. The New Birth is necessary to all men, and when experienced, produces eternal life (2 Cor. 7:10; John 3:3–5; 1 John 5:12).
WATER BAPTISM—Baptism in water is by immersion, is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; Acts 8:36–39).
The following recommendation regarding the water baptismal formula is adopted; to wit: “On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST—The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. This experience is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1–7; Acts 2:1–4).
SANCTIFICATION—The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return (Heb. 12:14; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Peter 3:18; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:12–14; 1 Cor. 1:30).
DIVINE HEALING—Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands. It is provided for in the atonement of Christ, and is the privilege of every member of the Church today (James 5:14,15; Mark 16:18; Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD—The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “...This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” His coming is imminent. When He comes, “...The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air...” (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16,17).
Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years (Rev. 5:10; 20:6).
HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION—The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the lake of fire and, therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the Presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 19-20).
We can also be called a full gospel, Charismatic/Pentecostal (moving in the gifts of the Holy Spirit) assembly of believers and disciples of Jesus Christ.