The staff and leadership of Fellowship Bible Church welcomes you to our website and invites you to spend a few moments with us as we describe the life and ministries of our church family. FBC is a growing church with a desire to glorify Christ and help you in your spiritual development. If what you read, see and hear on this website interests you, perhaps we should get better acquainted. Sunday services are held at 9:00 & 10:45 a.m. with adult learning center, student ministry and children's ministry running simultaneously. Thank you for taking the time to discover FBC.
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What to Expect
You can expect a casual and friendly experience. You will be greeted and connected to a host who will introduce you and your family to FBC. The service begins with a welcome and then through multi-media presentations, a blend of traditional and contemporary music, and practical messages, we present the ageless truths of the Bible. We offer three services; two identical services at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, and a third service at 10:45 in our new venue Fellowship 3. We recommend arriving about 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time for parking, children's check-in and seating. Our adult biblical education, youth and children's ministries meet simultaneously with the worship services. If you would like to know more about FBC and its ministries, please click here for an audio introduction.
Wear What You Like: You will see everything from jeans to business casual to coats and ties. Wear what you are most comfortable wearing in a large group.
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Parking: We have several Visitor parking spaces in the front and back of our building, as well as close parking for seniors and those with a handicap sticker.
Kids: If you have children, you can drop them off before the service at the Nursery (infant & toddler), KidZone (preschool to 5th grade) or One-Way ministries (middle & high school). A host can take you to your child’s class, so you don’t have to memorize the campus map.
Discovering FBC: Join us for our Discovery Tour, a one-hour walking tour of our facility and introduction to our many ministries. This tour is held at 10:45 a.m on the 2nd Sunday of each month and also at 9:00 a.m. on the 4th Sunday of each month. We depart from the Hospitality Suite.
Worship: A large crowd gathers at both 9:00 am and 10:45 in the Worship Center, while a small group of about 150 gather in our Senior High room for our Fellowship 3 service. Fellowship 3 offers a small atmosphere with access to big church opportunities. To learn more about worshiping at FBC, click here.
Guest Welcome: First-time guests are invited to come to the Guest Welcome Desk in the back of the Worship Center immediately following each service to pick up a visitor's gift bag.
Guest Luncheon: Please join us for time of meet and greet, Q & A, and lunch! For more information and dates of our gathering, please click here.
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You might be asking, “Why does the church exist?” and “What did God design it to do?” The Bible makes it very clear that Christ loves the church (Eph. 5:25), and that God wants His children to meet together (Heb 10:24-25). Even though there are many types of local churches, they are all united in Christ (1 Cor 12:20); the church is here to serve others and help people become mature Christians (Eph 4:12-14).
In January of 1980, four families began meeting together every day for six weeks to seek God’s guidance and direction in starting a new church in the Winchester area. Soon those four families became eight, and Fellowship Bible Church was born. FBC began meeting in a restaurant and then moved to Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School. In 1984, FBC moved to our Middle Road location.
Our ministry goals and strategies are helping us keep up with the spiritual needs of those who attend. As God enables, we want to see FBC continually grow into a church where disciples are developed and placed into service. With ministry opportunities for all age groups, as well as involvement in many outreach ministries, God is using Fellowship Bible Church to impact the Winchester/Frederick County community and to touch many lives around the world.
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Fellowship Bible Church desires to see lives changed by the power of God’s Word while experiencing meaningful community life as a spiritual family.
This purpose statement captures the reason why Fellowship Bible Church was started in 1980 and why we continue to exist. Eternal change takes place in a person when God penetrates his or her heart, soul, and mind through His Word and His people. Without His powerful Word of Truth, there will be no lasting eternal change. Without being a part of His Spirit-filled people, there will also be no lasting eternal change. Therefore, there must be a balance of the instructional ministry which comes through God’s Word and the incarnational ministry which comes through God’s people.
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Out of a desire to glorify God as a spiritual community, the mission of Fellowship Bible Church is to prepare and deploy dependent disciples of Jesus Christ who change their world for Him as they are being changed by Him.
Making disciples is what Jesus has called us to do. That calling involves bringing people to faith in Christ and equipping them for service—thus “to prepare” disciples. Jesus has also sent us into this world to be a witness. Therefore, we also desire “to deploy” disciples—deploy them in their homes, neighborhoods, communities and around the world. However, we do not want to prepare and deploy disciples who enter into this holy calling in their own strength and power. It is “dependent” disciples that we trust will be raised up through the ministries of Fellowship Bible Church. When dependent disciples are prepared and deployed, change will take place in people's lives.
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Statement of Faith
Accepting the Bible as the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and the only standard and authority for the family of Christ, at Fellowship Bible Church we believe:
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To effectively achieve our mission, every believer must be balanced in the following Five Core Values:
Loving God Fully: Every believer needs to be rightly related to God. He must have an upward focus through worship which is characterized by an ever-increasing movement away from being a self-worshiper to a worshiper of God.
Loving Biblical Truth: Every believer needs to be rightly related to the Truth. This involves an inward focus through God’s Word, characterized by an ever-increasing movement away from living by human reasoning to living by divine wisdom.
Loving Your Family: Every believer needs to be rightly related to the Family. This involves an outward focus toward one’s physical family, characterized by an ever-increasing movement towards familial harmony and Christ-centered oneness.
Loving the Church: Every believer needs to be rightly related to the Church. This also involves an outward focus to one’s spiritual family through fellowship and community life, characterized by an ever-increasing movement away from individualism to full participation in Body Life.
Loving the World: Every believer needs to be rightly related to the World. This involves a beyond focus through a life of penetrating witness, characterized by an ever-increasing movement from being impacted by the world to impacting the world for Christ.
|Constitution (pdf)||Doctrinal Statement (pdf)||By-Laws (pdf)|
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Just as the body has but one head, so our church body functions under a single head - - the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Chief Shepherd. At Fellowship Bible Church we also recognize the biblical principle of multiple leadership to enrich the body through a diversity of gifts and a breadth of wisdom. A team of elders, recognized and confirmed by the congregation, provides the spiritual direction and oversight at FBC.
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|Family Members: Lisa (wife), Children - Paul, Stephen, Allisa & Sarah; 2 Grandchildren|
Occupation: Senior Pastor
Hobbies: Going to “cute shops” with my wife (got any suggestions?)
Originally From: Bancroft, NE (go Big Red!)
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1990
Began Serving as an Elder: 1990
Favorite Scripture Passage: Colossians 1:28-29; Ephesians 2:1-10
How did you come to know Jesus? Having been raised in a Christian home; I trusted Christ as my Savior as a young boy, in the kitchen of my Nebraska home, when my mother shared the Gospel with me.
|Family Members: Wife Deanna (I am the poster child for men who married "up"); sons Matthew and Adam|
Occupation: Executive Director, Spring Arbor of Winchester Assisted Living
Hobbies: Trumpet, Tennis, Golf, reading
Originally From: Silvis, Illinois
How Long at Fellowship: Since fall of 1995
Began Serving as an Elder: 2012
Favorite Scripture Passage: Philippians 3:8-11
How did you come to know Jesus? I was raised in a Christian home full of future pastors and pastors' wives. I was saved at my home church when I was six years old. However, it really wasn't until 14 years later while in college that I became convinced it was the grace of God and nothing else I could do that could save me from my own wretchedness and know what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
|Family Members: Jo Ellen (wife); Grown children – Rebecca, Jennifer, Amy & Joanna|
Occupation: Developmental Math Teacher Lord Fairfax CC and Retired USAF
Hobbies: Writing; Music; Wood crafts.
Originally From: Annandale, VA
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1995
Began Serving as an Elder: 2001
Favorite Scripture Passage: 1 Timothy 2:1-6
How did you come to know Jesus? As a young adult I recognized by the Holy Spirit that I owed a ransom for my sin that only death could pay. A pastor led me in understanding to believe that God’s grace through the bloody sacrifice of His son paid it all. I’m saved by faith that God gave me to believe; and by grace to grow spiritually.
|Family Members: Karen (wife); Children - Joshua (wife Becky), Bethany (husband Scott) & John; grandchildren: Brandon, Benjamin, Stella & Evelyn|
Occupation: Retired from American Airlines & US Navy
Hobbies: Art, reading, camping, fishing, & model trains
Originally From: Memphis, TN
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1994
Began Serving as an Elder: 2009
Favorite Scripture Passage: I John 4:12-18
How did you come to know Jesus? I came to Christ at a young age (6 or 7) but after high school, I strayed from walking with Him. In 1972, while in the Navy, I met a Marine officer whose life reflected Christ. I was challenged to follow Christ in a new and more life changing way and have never looked back.
|Family Members: Janet (wife); Children - Michael (wife Christiane) & Jenni (husband Ryan); Grandchildren: Lani, Joseph, Salomie, Teves & Silas|
Occupation: Project Engineer
Hobbies: Antiques/Pottery, Travel, Baseball (Yankees) and Raising Chickens
Originally From: Winchester, VA
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1992
Began Serving as an Elder: 1995
Favorite Scripture Passage: Hebrews 11:6, Romans 14:23
How did you come to know Jesus? When I was twelve years old, I accepted Christ during a Sunday school class.
|Family Members: Priscilla (wife); Children - Robert (wife Taylor), Courtney & Aaron|
Occupation: Commodity Manager in Supply Chain for a defense contractor
Originally From: Richmond, VA
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1998
Began Serving as an Elder: 2006
Favorite Scripture Passage: Jeremiah 9:23-24; Romans 12:1-2
How did you come to know Jesus? My mother led me to the Lord when I was in elementary school. My parents had an outreach to the teens and I had heard the good news presented to the teens and partially understood the gospel. Then one day my mother asked me what I had understood and explained to me God’s plan of salvation.
|Family Members: Donna (wife); Children - Sam, Michelle & Sarah|
Occupation: President of Thomas Sales, Inc.
Hobbies: Motorcycling, Missions Trips
Originally From: Malvern, PA
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1993
Began Serving as an Elder: 2006
Favorite Scripture Passage: Romans 6-8
How did you come to know Jesus? A childhood song, an English class book report, and an elder with a Bible. Ask me about it sometime!
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|Family Members: Audrey (wife); Children - Chad, Aaron (wife Kelly), Alaina, William, Teagan, Brian & Lindsey; Grandchildren - Tyler, Hope & Hawkins|
Occupation: Maintenance Tech. at Randolph-Macon Academy
Hobbies: Golf, Watching sports
Originally From: Johnson, MN
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1989
Began Serving as a Deacon: June 2000
Favorite Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:13
How did you come to know Jesus? Grew up in a Christian home. Came to know Jesus as a young child.
|Family Members: Karen (wife); Children - Kaiti( husband Kevin)|
Occupation: Pastor of Congregational Care
Hobbies: Fishing, reading, all discipleship activities, PC overhauling, 'putzing' in the yard.
Originally From: Middleburg, VA
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1990
Began Serving as a Deacon: 1992
Favorite Scripture Passage: Isaiah 55: 10-11; 1 Corinthians 10:13
How did you come to know Jesus? As a child I was accustomed to attending our Southern Baptist church in Middleburg and heard and believed the Gospel all my life. However, at age 11, I remember being very convinced in the truth of the Gospel and especially that Christ was my own personal answer to life and especially life eternal. I came to believe without a doubt, Christ was and is my (and anyone's) only hope for salvation. A number of months after my profession of faith and Baptism in the spring of 1961, I experienced what I consider as a confirmation of my faith. One day after an 8th grade Earth Science class which had proposed evolutionary theories, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind that mankind had not 'evolved' one iota in the last 6 thousand years of civilization. Moreover, it was more clear than ever that it was and is Christ who holds all things together! (Colossians 1:17) I was so convinced that I began telling everyone sitting near me on the school bus.
|Family Members: Deirdre (wife); Children - Cara & Larissa|
Occupation: Senior CADD Technician
Hobbies: Time with my family, watching St. Louis Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers
Originally From: Kittanning, PA
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1987
Began Serving as a Deacon: 2003
Favorite Scripture Passage: John 15: 5-7
How did you come to know Jesus? From my Sunday School teachers as a child, and watching my Grandmothers commitment to God
|Family Members: Sandy (wife); Children: Michelle Thompson & Brian Glenney; 3 grandchildren|
Occupation: Stone Mason
Hobbies: Hunting; Water sports
Originally From: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
How Long at Fellowship: Since 2002
Began Serving as a Deacon: 2012
Favorite Scripture Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6
How did you come to know Jesus? After a Sunday evening service at which the gospel was presented, I spoke with my mother at home.
|Family Members: Lisa (wife)|
Occupation: Landlord/property manager/real estate investor
Originally From: Hagerstown, MD
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1984
Began Serving as a Deacon: 2000
Favorite Scripture Passage: Proverbs 3:4-5
How did you come to know Jesus? I was in third grade Sunday school and Mrs. Michaels, my teacher, led me to the Lord
Family Members: Carolyn (wife); Children - Cheryl, Cindy & Bryan – all married
Family Members: Ellen (wife deceased); Children - Larry, Debbie & Becky; 5 Grandkids
Family Members: June (wife); A son Troy who is married and has two children a son and daughter.
|Family Members: Margaret (wife); Children - Tom & Anne (both married); 3 grandkids|
Occupation: Retired from flying with United Airlines
Hobbies: Fixing things, flying radio controlled airplanes, “O” gauge Lionel trains
Originally From: Urbanna, VA (Home of the Oyster Festival)
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1980
Began Serving as a Deacon: 1980s
Favorite Scripture Passage: Philippians 2:3-4
How did you come to know Jesus? By my mother when I was young, and by an encounter with a young man when I was in the Navy.
|Family Members: Donna (wife deceased); Children - Jessica, Jeremy & Laura|
Occupation: Beef Cattle Farmer, Owner of Puddle Maker water hauling for WV & School Bus Operator
Hobbies: Hunting, Hiking, swimming...outdoor activities
Originally From: Augusta, WV (lifetime resident)
How Long at Fellowship: Since 2003
Began Serving as a Deacon: 2007
Favorite Scripture Passage: Isaiah 55:11
How did you come to know Jesus? I was raised in a Christian Home, I was led to the Lord by a Co-worker.
|Family Members: Tiffani (wife); Children - Genesis, Kelsie & Tanner|
Occupation: Oracle Database
Hobbies: Golf, kids
Originally From: Cleveland, OH
How Long at Fellowship: Since 2000
Began Serving as an Deacon: 2007
Favorite Scripture Passage: James 3
How did you come to know Jesus? Being raised in a Godly home and going to church, I accepted the gift of God’s salvation in Kindergarten Sunday school class and many times over the years have I have reaffirmed my faith and my thankfulness for God’s saving grace.
|Family Members: Bonnie (wife); Children - Lexi & Matthew|
Occupation: Sales Rep.
Hobbies: Boating, Music, Kids
Originally From: Front Royal, VA
How Long at Fellowship: Since 1988
Began Serving as a Deacon: 1998
Favorite Scripture Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:17
How did you come to know Jesus? My mom.
Mark Carey - Senior Pastor
John Morrison - Pastor of Family Life Ministry
Don DenHartog - Pastor of Biblical Education
John Avery - Pastor of Student Ministry
John joined the staff of FBC in July 2001. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute. Prior to coming to FBC, John served as youth pastor for fourteen years in Illinois. He and his wife Susan have five children. You can email John at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Lukens - Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts
Charlie Spencer - Pastor of Children's Ministry
Rich Brito - Pastor of Congregational Care
Scott McManigle - Pastor of Missions
Tim McManigle - Associate Pastor of Missions
Scott Santmier - Pastor of Local Outreach
Andrew Behm - Executive Pastor