Faith Christian Fellowship

16726 Lappans Rd.
Williamsport, MD 21795
301.223.4803

1997-2017 – Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry

In May of 1997, a small group of people met for a time of fellowship, worship and Bible Study.  This group continued to meet in a home; however, over the next few months, and quickly outgrew the living room in which they were meeting.  In June, the group was able to rent a room at the Pryor Building off Bower Avenue (currently the home of Hub City Vineyard).   The group continued at this venue for a time until they began meeting in 1997 at the Ramada Inn on the Dual Highway.  This facility allowed the group to provide a nursery (in the hallway J) and meet on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings.  The Wednesday prayer gatherings continued to meet in individual’s homes.  As the size of the congregation grew, the board began looking for a permanent home for the growing church.  With much prayer and guidance, the Lord graciously provided a church building and parsonage on 300 S. Artizan Street in Williamsport, commonly referred to as the “little white church.   This facility allowed for new ministries to begin and existing ministries to expand.

Over the next few years, the ministry continued to grow and in 2001, the Board began to look for a larger facility  for the growing congregation.  In June of 2002, the congregation was invited to a service at 16726 Lappans Road (formally known as Agape Harvest) and to tour the facility.   At the December 2002 FCF Yearly Congregational Meeting, withe Lord’s guidance and direction, the congregation voted to purchase the building.   In February 2003, a week later than planned, due to a heavy snow, the congregation met for the first time at the new home for FCF.  The look of the church was MUCH different than it  is currently.    A very 90’s purple and green theme was the motif for the facility.  (One small piece of the original paisley carpet can be found in the small room outside the west exit of the sanctuary.)  The building was designed to expand by removing walls and increasing the sanctuary space (but removing classroom space).  In 2006, the Education Wing was built for more classroom space and the first walls were removed allowing for more seating in the sanctuary.  This project was complete in December of 2006.  In 2010, the gravel parking lot was expanded.  This area is a septic reserve area so blacktopping this area is not allowed.  In 2011, the carport was enclosed which doubled the foyer space.  The second set of sanctuary walls were removed in 2013 which allowed for the remodeling of the sanctuary to the current look.  A sprinkler system was also installed during the phase of construction.  In 2015, the parking lot was expanded by the Education Wing, providing more than 50 new parking spots.  The kitchen and bathrooms were also remodeled during 2015.

Over the years, the facilities have change—from a dance hall to a hotel a little while church to Lappans Road.  Our surrounding have changed, the walls have been expanded; but one thing remains—”All glory goes to JESUS CHRIST, this ministry exists solely for the glorification of Jesus Christ and the good edification of the saints, and no local assembly of believers can ever be what God intended without fervent prayer, days of fasting and seeking the Lord, giving time, spiritual talents, and tithes and of course dedicated workers.”  (from a letter  from Pastor John to the congregation within the first few months of the church.)

 

Our 20 year timeline illustrating howthe ministry has grown through the years.