Family, that really seems to be what Christ had in mind in creating the church. During the first century, many of the early christians were ostracized from their biological families because of their faith and found a new, spiritual family in the church. The book of Acts speaks of this kindred spirit when it tells us “they had all things common”. If you were to examine each of us, you would discover many things that could potentially divide us. Our politics, a diversity of races, economic standings, age differences, and sometimes even education could be factors that would keep our paths from ever crossing, but a true believer’s love for Christ transcends all obstacles. At Freedom Baptist Church, we enjoy that same spirit of closeness and community that truly makes our services a thrice-weekly reunion. A personal thank you, to each and every one of our members for being a part of this family.
In May of 2006, the Ogle family moved to Bloomington and began preparation to start FBC. Over 7,000 homes were visited and more than 15,000 pieces of literature were distributed. Following in August and September, there was a series of “Get Acquainted” meetings at the Doubletree Hotel to give information to interested individuals. On October 1, the first service of Freedom Baptist Church was held at the Doubletree Hotel with 48 in attendance including Pastor Ogle, his wife Tracy, his son Trenton, and his daughter Meagan.
Provided below is a brief summary of our church history
In February, 2007, FBC began meeting in a 1,200 square foot storefront building on College Avenue. The following month of May, six to eighteen adults signed the charter to form FBC. Our first missionary monthly support then started.
June 2007– First Vacation Bible School was conducted. Rented space was expanded to 2,400 square feet.
October 2007– First baptisms were held on the premises of FBC and, yes, the baptistery did leak!
December 31, 2008– FBC closed on the purchase of current Washington Street property.
May 4, 2008– After months of extensive remodeling and moving, the Grand Reopening service was held.
March, 2009– First missions conference was conducted.
May, 2010– FBC began supporting its tenth missionary.
December, 2010– Election of first deacons.
February, 2011– First van route began running regularly.
March, 2012- Construction began to maximize auditorium capacity.
April 8, 2012– Record attendance of 169 on Resurrection Sunday.
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