OUR STORY

One Chapel is a family of neighborhood churches in Austin, Kyle, and Lake Travis.

In early 2010, Ross and Aimee Parsley moved to Austin with a launch team of 50 people and a dream to plant One Chapel. We come from humble beginnings, holding worship services in hotel ballrooms and strategic planning sessions in classrooms of other churches. And people began to join the team.

In September of 2010, we held our very first service in a movie theater and over 300 people joined us. Our church family had begun. We continued meeting in that theater, worshipping next door to blockbuster showings and taking offerings in popcorn buckets. People started skipping movies and coming to church.

Over the next five years, we met in a few different locations. There were good seasons and tough seasons, but we grew, learned, and innovated through it all.

Then we had a dream. What if our church could make a large impact on a local scale? What if we could become not just one church, but a family of churches?

In January of 2016, we launched One Chapel Kyle. In February, we adopted a local church to become One Chapel Lake Travis. Now we have three campuses, and we're working towards 10 in the next 10 years. So we can better love our communities. So we can share the hope of Jesus.

The vision of One Chapel is rooted in helping people move from where they are to where God wants them to be. This happens among us as a church family with three simple words: Presence, Relationship, and Mission.

Presence

Believing God is present and active among us.

Relationship

The way we focus on loving people well and practicing faith in our community.

Mission

The simple conviction to live out the Gospel by blessing, serving, mentoring, and sharing Jesus with others.

VALUES

There are a few key words that explain the personality, culture, and really what makes One Chapel distinct. Each value is rooted in scripture and will help you understand what makes us unique as a local church multiple locations.

One

John 17:20-21

Rooted

Jeremiah 29:7

Known

Psalm 68:4-6

Family

I Corinthians 12:12

Joyful

Luke 15:4-9

Worship

Romans 12:1

Disciples

Ephesians 4:15-16

BELIEFS

One Chapel proclaims the Nicene Creed as our statement of faith. This creed dates back to the 4th century A.D. when Christians came together and composed this formative and definitive statement.

The Nicene Creed has stood the test of time as a standard of what Christians from every stream of the Body of Christ believe. It is more than an intellectual checklist of doctrine; it is a confession of worship that forms us as the people of God and draws us together into the life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary, and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, 
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life, 
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. 
Who has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy worldwide and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, 
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Church I See…

Pastor Ross Parsley also shared this in a message with our church on a Sunday morning. This is the type of church we have been and strive to become.

1 - I see a church where people can experience the life-altering presence of Jesus. A church where worship is so pure and passionate and people are miraculously transformed, healed, and strengthened in God’s presence. I see a church that is so radically consumed with the presence of the Holy Spirit that we become empowered witnesses of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2 - I see a church with a deep commitment to helping people move from where they are to where God wants them to be, walking confidently with each other toward Jesus and finding freedom from their fears, failures, and wounded yesterdays. I see a church where community and relationships are so actively cultivated that vulnerability, honesty, and acceptance become the life-giving characteristics of vibrant spiritual growth and formation.

3 - I see a church where every person has the opportunity to discover their God-given purpose, supernatural gifts, and life-giving roles in the church in order to collaborate with God’s great plan for our lives, for our community, and for our mission in the Austin region.

4 - I see a church where people are intentionally and tangibly growing in the character and competencies of Jesus, becoming His followers and disciples; where every person is empowered, trained, and encouraged to make a difference in the lives of others.

5 - I see a church that is intensely committed to demonstrating and communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ to every man, woman, and child in the Austin region and beyond. I see a church that is committing resources, gifts, time, and boundless energy to church planting as part of our mission to place the gospel in every community in the Austin region…10 congregations in 10 years, and more!

6 - I see a church that is so willing to help the poor, to heal the hurting, and to act on behalf of the marginalized within our culture, that there will never be a reason for anyone to call us divisive, hateful, or uncaring. I see a church that is so steeped in generosity that we can meet any need, purchase any building, and achieve any goal for God’s purpose in our city, our nation, and in the nations of the world.

7 - I see a church full of artists, creatives, and cultural influencers, who use their gifts for the sake of the gospel and God’s kingdom purposes in our region. I see a church where business owners, entrepreneurs, and innovators receive Holy Spirit ideas for serving others by finding solutions for societal ills, and investing in the common good of the Austin community and beyond. 

8 - I see a church that is a multigenerational family where each generation is aware of the others in the family, but also collaborative, respectful, loving, and always leaning toward the next generation. I see a church with generational viability where the gospel is translated and transferred to our kids, grandkids, and great grandkids with vibrancy, innovation, and cultural relevance.

9 - I see a multi-cultural and multi-racial church where people who are different from each other become one, as Jesus prayed in John 17, surrendering their lives to one another in such way that love, strength, and life emerge in unity to heal the racial and cultural divide in our nation. I see a church that is so committed to the unity of the Body of Christ that people everywhere will recognize Jesus in us and be astounded by the grace, healing, and forgiveness we show toward one another.

10 - I see a church where joy, optimism, and faith contribute to a culture of hope and expectation that God is for us, with us, and always active among us.