FABC: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

 

     For several years, Rene Abella has been faithfully leading a Friday Bible Study Group in Antioch, TN which was attended by Filipinos, their American spouses and families. Attendees at the bible study go to different churches in Tennessee every sunday so the vision to have a church for Filipino- Americans where they can congregate, worship and have fellowship together came about. 

    It was in June of 2015 when Rene Abella invited a core group of men, who have been a part of the bible study group, to share the need and the vision of having a Filipino-American Church in Nashville, Tennessee. 

     The core group of men who were involved in the formation of a Filipino American Church were Rene Abella, Jonathan Quiton, Amando (Andy) Fidel Sr. , David Ferrel, Pastor Mark and Stephen Klausner.

     From July until October 2015, these core group of men, their wives and other volunteers have been meeting almost every week to draft the Filipino American Church’s statement of faith, constitution and by-laws.

     After the first full draft of the constitution and by-laws was completed, the name “Filipino - American Bible Church” was considered and later became the church’s official name.

        The first sunday service of the Filipino-American Bible Church (FABC) was held at the residence of Timothy and Lydia Graser in Antioch, TN on November 15, 2015. It was held at Rene and Violeta Abella's residence the following sunday. On November 29, 2015, FABC moved its sunday service to Lighthouse Christian School Cafeteria at Blue Hole Road in Antioch, TN. It was through Pastor Al Henson, founder of Lighthouse Ministries (now Lighthouse Christian Fellowship) that this move was made possible. Pastor Al Henson shared the same vision with Rene Abella before, to have a Filipino American church. He is the overseer of FABC at present.

        FABC held services at the Lighthouse Christian School Cafeteria from November 29, 2015 until December 31, 2017. On January 7, 2018, FABC moved to its new home at the Lighthouse Christian School Auditorium, just across the street from the cafeteria.

     The church launched a building fund project from May 2017 to December 2017 so that it can purchase a land and build its own church. At present, FABC is searching for the perfect location for its own building. FABC is a 501c tax exempt organization. 

        Although the name of the church is Filipino-American Bible Church, it is not exclusive to Filipino-Americans only. The goal of the church is to be able to reach as many people as possible regardless of race, nationality or status in life so they will be able to know Christ and learn about HIM.

        FABC has about more than 50 attendees every sunday on average. It is slowly growing in number and all of its board of directors, staff, and members are volunteers. These people devote their time for the church without any monetary gains.

 

FABC'S FIRST SUNDAY SERVICE ON NOVEMBER 15, 2015         

(GRASER RESIDENCE)

FABC'S SUNDAY SERVICE

SINCE NOVEMBER 29, 2015 - DECEMBER 31, 2017

(LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL CAFETERIA)

 

 

 FABC'S SUNDAYS SERVICE 

JANUARY 2018 - PRESENT

(LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL AUDITORIUM)