About Manna Church

Our Vision

At Manna Church, our mission is to glorify God by equipping His people to change their world and by planting churches with the same world-changing vision.

We will accomplish this by

Helping God’s people discover their individual gifts and callings, creating an environment where these gifts and callings may be developed, and then sending them out to be difference makers in the world. 

Helping God’s people have God-honoring relationships in their families and creating a community where individuals may find fulfillment and expression regardless of age or marital status.

Planting churches with the same vision both domestically and abroad.

We do three things

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Love God

We strive to provide inspiring worship experiences. We call them “experiences” because our goal is to passionately pursue the Presence of God and make much of His glory. Though we are one church that meets in many locations, each of our experiences is designed to meet this goal.
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Love Each Other

We believe that the church is more than a building or a weekend experience. The people are the church, and are created to be in relationship. Our church engages in relationship and discipleship through our small group system.
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Love the World

We believe that we are called to share God's love with the world. That is why outreach is a very important part of our strategy.

What we believe

There is one living and true God, infinite in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally substantial in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The books which form the canon of the Old and New testaments as originally given are plenarily inspired and free from all error in the whole and in the part. These books constitute the written word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection.

God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which he subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and as a consequence is guilty, inherently corrupt, and subject to divine wrath. The unregenerate are totally depraved and do not possess a will free from the dominion of the sin nature.

Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, possesses all the divine excellencies, being co-substantial and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In His incarnation, He united to His divine nature a true human nature and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, fulfilled the requirements of the law by His sinless life, suffered under Pontius Pilate, poured out His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for sin in satisfaction of the divine justice, and on the third day was raised from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father interceding in Glory for His redeemed.

The Holy Spirit, eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son, through the ministry of regeneration and progressive sanctification applies salvation, guides and comforts the children of God, directs and empowers the church in fulfillment of the Great Commission, and convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.

Salvation consists of the remission of sins, the impartation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, the gift of eternal life and the concomitant blessings thereof, which are a free gift of God, and received by faith alone apart from human works of merit. Even the ability to believe is a gift of God. This blessing in no way relieves men of their responsibility to repent and believe. After repentance towards God and faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer is to publicly proclaim his identity with Christ by immersion in water baptism, in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Jesus Christ baptizes regenerated believers in the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an empowering work of the Spirit which is distinct from the regenerating work of the Spirit which is offered to every Christian.

All nine gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Cor. 12:4-11 continue to be expressed in the church today and are subject to the order prescribed by Scripture.

Communion is to be taken frequently and offered to all believers except those who are living in unrepentant rebellion or immorality. The communion elements are symbols of Christ’s body and blood and are useful to the exercise of faith in the person of Jesus Christ as the only means of absolving guilt, shame, and punishment of sin.

The Kingdom of God is a present reality and a future hope, forcibly advancing through the agency of the church.

At death, the souls of the redeemed are made perfect in holiness and immediately enter into the presence of Christ, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him, there to wait the resurrection of the body.

The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly, and personally to conform believers to His own image. He will judge the quick and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory.

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About Jake Johnson, Lead Pastor

Jake Johnson is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, where he received a commission as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Following a combat tour as a platoon commander in Fallujah (Operation Phantom Fury), he and his wife Danielle were stationed at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. They have lived in the region since that time and have served the community with passion and diligence. Following his time in the Marine Corps, Jake worked vocationally as a business leader in the defense industry for ten years. 

He and Danielle also served as lay pastors at a local church where they ministered to dozens of college students and young families in the Fredericksburg/Stafford area. They also served in an oversight capacity as an Elder couple by their local church until 2019, when their pastor suggested they explore planting a church with a partner organization, Manna Church. 

In June 2020 Jake became a part of the Manna Multiply Pastoral Residency in Fayetteville, NC, and since then has been focused on being equipped to plant a life-giving church in the Stafford/Quantico area. In September Jake was ordained as the Lead Pastor of Manna Church Stafford. This expression of Manna Church will be launched in 2022 to serve Marine Corps Base Quantico and its surrounding communities. Jake, Danielle, and their six children (Gabriel, Dinah, Jael, Asher, Uriah, and Ezekiel) love this area and are excited to serve the people of Stafford as they share the love of Christ.