Who We ARE
Gary Coe Ministries
Gary’s parents, native South Dakotans, were cattle ranchers in northwestern South Dakota. His father saw a need in the community for a livestock trucking company and therefore formed, operated and owned Coe Livestock Pullman Company. Gary grew up cowboy, but started hauling livestock and driving large semi- trucks with livestock trailers at age 14. In between working for his father and schooling, Gary competed in bareback riding, steer wrestling and roping in rodeos.
Sandee’s parents, also native South Dakotans, were aggressive sheep ranchers and farmers. She therefore grew up understanding, “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” She not only helped with the chores of raising sheep, but also helped her Mom with growing, harvesting and preserving vegetables from a huge garden.
Gary and Sandee met in high school, went to college at South Dakota State University and were married in 1965. In 1972 they both became born again and started a lifelong journey of learning and loving the Lord. In 1985 they founded Joy Church, a bible believing faith-based church. They merged the church with another to set out on a more market-based ministry, which fit their calling. They have always kept their non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) ministry of Joy Church, Inc and use it as their base.
Gary and Sandee’s vision is to build an overcoming strength into the body of Christ to take back America for God. There is also a strong evangelical call upon them as they desire that all come into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Both Gary and Sandee are unashamed to proclaim the authority Jesus has given to every true believer in Him and to expose the evil that has become more and more dominant in our present time and cultures.
Politically correct speech, government oversight and control, ungodly mandated practices have tried to silence Christian voices. Its time Christians learn how to stand and come against these satanic voices and practices. It’s time for Christians to have a strong Bible based faith to be overcomers in their total lives.
Psalm 148:14 Amplified version, ” He has lifted up a horn for His people (giving them power, prosperity, dignity and preeminence)…”
- Gary & Sandee Coe
WHAT WE BELIEVE
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).
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 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).
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).
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 of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).