Abundant Life Baptist Church
History of ALBC
Marching On 2012 to present...
A record attendance reached 1,218 while the bus attendance soared to 931 on one Sunday. A host of successful speakers encouraged our people from time to time such as Dr. John Rawlings of The Landmark Baptist Temple, Dr. Curtis Hutson, Dr. Tolbert Moore, Dr. John Reynolds, Dr. Tom Wallace, Dr. Jack Hyles, Dr. Wally Beebe, Dr. Jim Vineyard, and Dr. Guy Goodell.
Along with the erection of a bus garage and the all-purpose building came an opportunity to build a church camp. With the dream of Brother Joe Reynolds and a desire of a Pastor with a vision and Elden Randolph, Camp Jerri came into existence.
To the host of laborers who gave their time, talents and treasures into the ministry of Abundant Life Baptist Church their labor was not in vain in the Lord. "Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase." Job 8:7
For 30 years Pastor James D. Irby had the privilege to serve the Lord and oversee the ministry of our church. We give all the praise unto Him who said. "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it". Psalm 127:1
Dr. James D. Irby
Pastor James Kessick
In March 2012 Pastor James Kessick answered the call of pastor for Abundant Life Baptist Church. Through much prayer, hard work, dedication and the dream of a new vision for Abundant Life Baptist Church, we have been able to March on for God!
God has continued to bless the church with a renewed spirit and a love for others. It is the prayers of our Pastors and our membership that the Lord will continually fill His house daily. "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 Abundant Life Baptist Church, you will find a Home for you and your family. A place where you will be shown the love of Christ, and a place that you can serve the Lord.
A look at the beginning...
We as a church should be looking forward, focused on the future, mindful of the present, remembering the past. The past is our example. It is there that the pattern as to what succeeds and what fails is established. We remember and relish the past accomplishments and strive to reach beyond them.
Our desire should always be 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
At the beginning of 2012 we as a church found ourselves moving in a new direction and seeking the Lord's will for Abundant Life Baptist Church.
In March of 1975, a small group of 40 Bible believing Christians sought to establish a Bible based, soul-winning, independent, fundamental Baptist Church in the tri-state area.
With a heart to endure and a mind to work, the Abundant Life Baptist Church was organized and a gracious Pastor named Casey Jones allowed us to use their fellowship building at Sybene Baptist Church.
A four-acre tract of land was purchased from two businessmen, Paul Wireman and Dale Manns in Proctorville, Ohio. A $100,000.00 loan was secured from Lawrence Federal Bank of Ironton, Ohio with the assistance of banker Dick Craig. A building was purchased from Structures, Inc. and was quickly erected under the supervision of Russ Butcher and the outreach continued.