Damascus Road Christian Assembly has a new name and a new pastor.
Senior pastor Jesse Miller, 41, has a vision for the church to be an evangelical one, regularly witnessing to the community.
"We have a new vision and mission statement and we wanted the name to compliment the vision," Miller said. "We want this to be a place for people to encounter the risen Christ."
Born in Yerington, Miller moved to Carson Valley at age 15 and began attending Damascus, then called Calvary Assembly of God.
During a youth conference in Sacramento, Miller realized he wanted to serve God the rest of his life.
"I realized for the first time who Christ was and I was saved," he said. "I realized I was a sinner, and I needed a savior."
Miller graduated from Douglas in 1989, and married his high school sweetheart, Wendy, two years later. They have two children Kody, 18, and Jessica, 7.
"It's a lot different now. It's grown a lot," he said of the Valley. "I remember when Highway 395 was two lanes and there was only one light in town."
That same year, Miller enlisted in the Army where he served in the infantry for five years.
"It was my desire as a child. It was something I always planned on doing," he said. "I'm still a soldier. I'm just serving in a different Army."
In 1996, Miller and his family returned to Carson Valley, and the church which was then named Dayspring Christian Assembly.
He worked in the children's ministry and helped out wherever needed when in 2002 he felt a calling to do more.
"I felt a desire in my heart to become a pastor," he said. "The Holy Spirit was convicting my heart to move into ministry."
He began taking Bible college classes online through Global University, while working full-time as a maintenance technician for the post office. In 2010, Miller became a licensed pastor.
"I'm passionate about Jesus Christ. I'm passionate about serving Him and loving people," Miller said. "My desire as a pastor would be that I preach with conviction, compassion, clarity and under the authority of the Holy Spirit."
Miller's vision for Damascus Road Christian Assembly is clear.
That they follow the example set in Acts 2:42, of devoting themselves to teaching, fellowship and prayer.
"Our goal is to see the church walk in unity, purity and authority with a vision to seek the lost," he said. "I want people to know this is a place where they can feel the power and presence and love of God. I want people to leave this church saying 'what a great God we have.' I want Christ to be exalted."
The church is hosting an open house 4 to 7 p.m. July 7 with free hotdogs, hamburgers and refreshments. They are also hosting a vacation Bible school for children ages 2 to 12 years July 9-13.
Damascus Road Christian Assembly holds a children's Sunday school at 9 a.m. with regular service time at 10 a.m.
The church is located at 974 Tillman Lane in the Ranchos. The phone number is 265-3544.