Mission, Values & Beliefs
SMCC is a multi-site, nondenominational Christian church, meeting at five locations throughout Utah: Draper, Lehi, South Jordan, St. George, and our Spanish speaking, International Campus. At SMCC, we value our guests and invite you to visit one of our campuses.
We exist to help as many people as possible take their next step toward becoming Fully Devoted and Fully Delighted followers of Jesus Christ.
Our Vision & Values
Our vision (preferred future) isn’t about the size of our ministry or any particular accomplishment. Instead, we envision SMCC as a particular kind of church; a healthy church with a specific kind of culture. We are committed to being a church where:
The fully engaged attenders value and serve the guest.
Everyone can belong before they believe.
Maturity is measured by how well we love God and others.
We trust the process in which God changes us from the inside out.
The truth of the Bible is explained in a helpful and hopeful way.
We believe the Bible to be inspired and infallible, and as such, the supreme authority in faith and life.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, by offering Himself on the cross, paid the penalty of man’s sin, and all who receive Him by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost - those that are saved to the resurrection of eternal life and those that are lost to the resurrection of condemnation and eternal separation from God.
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, as He is understood from the Bible alone, regardless of denomination affiliation.
We believe that baptism is an outward sign of an inward reality demonstrating that a person has a new life in Jesus Christ and the recognition of the living presence of the Holy Spirit.
We believe that our purpose for living is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.
History of Smcc
In March 1998 Paul and Jini Robie moved with their two boys, Benjamin and Evan, to plant a church in Draper, Utah. At that time the city of Draper had a population of approximately 28,000, and yet, no Protestant churches. The Robies began by starting a Bible study in their home. By October 1998, they had two home groups, and had gathered a core group of 14 adults including Mike Bell (Youth and Music Pastor) and his wife, Joani, from Seattle. This small but enthusiastic group decided that it was time to meet on Sundays, so meeting space (2,000 square feet in an office complex) was leased and built out and they had 45 people at their first church service.
That meeting space (9th E. in Draper) was soon outgrown and the church moved to an 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse space, also in Draper. As the congregation grew it was necessary to expand two more times to the adjoining units (15,000 more sq. ft.)
In 2003, SMCC became a “parent” of a daughter church, Shadow Mountain Church in West Jordan, which has since become the SMCC International campus.
In 2005, a decision was made to open a new campus in the Daybreak Community on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. A core of SMCC members from the Draper Campus, led by Michael and Rachel Trostrud, who lived in the Daybreak area, embraced the mission and committed themselves to be a part of this new adventure. Easter of 2006 was launch day and services officially began at the Daybreak Community Center. Since then, they have enjoyed healthy and steady growth. It continues to grow and impact the Southwest Salt lake valley with the Gospel.
In the spring of 2008 Pastor Paul invited Pastor Tom Mertz and The Springs Church in St. George, Utah, to become a campus of SMCC, and what had previously been a loose alliance between the two churches soon became a formal relationship. In January of 2009 The Springs Church officially became SMCC St George Campus. The St. George Campus has grown rapidly since then, to the point that in 2015 they broke ground on a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility.
In 2012, the SMCC Draper Campus moved into its own 42,000 square foot facility. This beautiful facility is a significant statement to the greater Salt Lake community that Biblical Christianity is alive and well in Utah. It is also a meeting place for extra-large events for the area churches to come together. The Draper campus also houses the Campus Support Team for SMCC. Along with Paul Robie, this is the staff who lead and support the SMCC campuses.
In the fall of 2015 we launched our 5th campus in Lehi, Utah. Pastor Eric Nelson, along with approximately 200 people from the Draper campus, is leading the new adventure of faith as they reach out to their family and friends in a location nearer to their homes. They meet in a beautiful warehouse facility in the heart of northern Utah County.
In 2018, SMCC built an 11,000 square foot permanent facility for our South Jordan campus. This campus continues to grow and thrive as it reaches the booming Daybreak, Herriman, and Riverton area.
The SMCC church family is constantly growing, regularly averaging 3,000 in regular attendance, and experiencing real and meaningful life-change (over 1,500 baptisms).
We are careful to thank God for His goodness and generous grace on us as a church.
Teaching Team Model
At our Draper, South Jordan, and Lehi campuses, we have implemented a Teaching Team Model that allows us best to serve and shepherd those that attend our campuses. If you'd like a broader explanation on this model, watch the roundtable discussion video.