. . 2006
May– The Ogle family moves to Bloomington and begins preparation to start FBC. Over 7,000 doors are knocked on and over 15,000 pieces of literature are distributed
August and September– A series of “Get Acquainted” meetings are held at the Doubletree Hotel to give information to interested individuals
October 1- The first service of Freedom Baptist Church is held at the Doubletree Hotel with 48 in attendance
February– FBC begins meeting in a 1,200 square foot storefront building on College Avenue
May 6- 18 adults sign the charter to form FBC. First missionary is supported monthly
June– First Vacation Bible School is conducted. Rented space is expanded to 2,400 square feet
October 2008– First baptisms are held on the premises of FBC and, yes, the baptistery did leak!
December 31– FBC closes on the purchase of current Washington Street property.
May 4– After months of extensive remodeling and moving, the Grand Reopening service is held
March– First missions conference is conducted
May– FBC begins supporting its tenth missionary
December– Election of first deacons
February– First van route begins running regularly
March- Construction begins to maximize auditorium capacity
April – Record attendance of 169 on Resurrection Sunday
September - Property was purchased for a future new building. The land is the former site of Howard Johnsons Hotel and restaurant on Veterans Parkway.
June - Founding Pastor Jason Ogle was called a position at Champion College in Arkansas.
We as a church began seeking the Lord's will for a new pastor. Our desire continued to see more souls saved, to reach more children and families for God, and to see Christ glorified. In the book of Acts the Bible says "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." Acts 2:42
September - Dr Vincent Kobosh answered the call of pastor for Freedom Baptist Church. Through much prayer, hard work, dedication and the dream of a new vision, we have been able to March on for God!
God is continuing to bless the church with a renewed spirit and a love for others. It is our prayer that the Lord will continue to bless. "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:46-47
Our hope is that when you visit with us at Freedom Baptist Church, you will find a Home for you and your family. A place where you have been shown a Christ like love, and a place where you can serve the Lord.