love god. love others. 

reach the world.

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater this these."

~ Mark 12:30-31

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the name of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."

~ Matthew 28:19

At Acacia Church our mission is simple: Love God, Love others and Reach the world. We believe that love is the description of who God is and who we are to be.

pastor jim & natalie smith

Jim and Natalie Smith are the Lead Pastors of Acacia. They are very committed people, to God and to family. They were married in 1985 and have two children, Kristi who is married to Jason and Jeremy who is married to Dana. 

Jim has a Bachelors of Theology from Apostolic Bible Institute and has served in various areas of ministry over his 30 years of experience. Jim is an author and an avid student and teacher of leadership principles to both people in the United States and abroad.

Jim and Natalie have recently been a part of creating a mission’s work called Opportunity Hope, a mission to help the people of India with their living conditions while presenting them with the Gospel of Jesus. (For more info: click here)

Although Jim and Natalie have a desire to help the people of India, they believe that their main focus and passion is the community of Valparaiso in which they live. They both have a tremendous love for people and their lives are dedicated to showing people Jesus through their own walk with Him.

Feel free to contact Pastor Jim or Natalie Smith by e-mail.

who we are


Acacia is more than just a church. We are a community of believers of all races, backgrounds and walks of life. We come together to discover authentic relationships, worship, and to grow in our relationship with God.


We call our church Acacia because of what it represents. Acacia (uh-kai-shuh) is a type of wood that was used in the construction of the Ark of the Covenant (see Exodus 25). The Ark of the Covenant was symbolic of two crucial things - the Mercy of God and the Presence of God. At Acacia, our mission is to provide a place in which the Holy Presence of God is so real that everyone in attendance recognizes just how accessible God's Mercy is. That is why we are Acacia.