Our Mission

We desire to influence and impact the Canton area, and beyond, for Jesus Christ. We seek to do this through the ministries of the church and our involvement in many community activities and groups. We believe in a worldwide mission. We give to World Missions through the Nazarene denomination and we give to other worthy organizations. We have annual “Give it All Away” Sunday every February. We call it an ultimate love offering. On that Sunday every dollar that is given we give away. We give 50% of it to a global missionary project or cause and 50% to a local project or cause. This is one of our favorites Sundays of the year.

Our Vision

We have a vision of reaching the Canton and Fulton County area for Christ. We desire to partner with other churches and ministries to impact the people of Canton and beyond through any means possible. We desire to support our local schools, providing supplies as needed and encouraging the teachers and staff.

Our Leadership


Matt Oost

Lead Pastor

Matt Oost serves as Lead Pastor of Canton 1st Church of the Nazarene. Prior to serving in this role, he served as an Associate Pastor at Peoria 1st and Canton 1st. Matt grew up in Wyoming, IL and gave his life to Christ in the summer of 1990 at the age of 13. Matt sensed a call to ministry as a teenager and God chose to take him the long way around in that journey. God used that time to grow a love for the Church in Matt and he served in any way he could as a lay person. Matt says, “I owe so much to the Church for how they have loved and carried me and my family through many trials over the years. It is my honor to serve her.”

He and his wife Stephanie are both products of Central Illinois. Stephanie grew up in Smithfield. They married in September 2011. They have 3 children: Anna 8, Simon 6, and Lily 2.

Get in Touch

We would love to connect with you. Feel free to contact us or join us at one of our service times.

Service Times

Sunday Mornings

10:30 am Worship Service

Wednesday Evenings

6:30 pm Kids/Youth/Adult Groups



2051 E. Chestnut St., Canton, IL 61520

Phone | Email

309-647-2397 | cantonfirstnaz@gmail.com