Preserving the History of Reston Bible Church in Sterling, Virginia

This is the history of Reston Bible Church which I found while using the internet archives. The information below came from the church website in March of 2000. The history here goes from 1975 until 2000. 

“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” 

George Bernard Shaw 

“Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.”

Winston Churchill

“Mankind are so much the same, in all times and places, that history informs us of nothing new or strange in this particular. Its chief use is only to discover the constant and universal principles of human nature.”

David Hume

I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
3 stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
4 We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders.

Psalm 78:3-4 NLT 

The Wondering Eagle is going to preserve the history of Reston Bible Church. There is one particular reason why. When C.J. Mahaney’s Sovereign Grace Ministries was being created from People of Destiny International there was a lot of dishonest efforts that took place. History was re-written and people were edited out of its existence. For me, as a former graduate student of European history  it reminds me of how Joseph Stalin edited people out of the history of the Soviet Union. Many evangelical Christian churches and ministries do the exact same thing. They hide doctrine or history and in the process they gaslight people who realize the church is changing.  This history below is from the internet archives of Reston Bible Church of March 1, 2000. So I grabbed this and am preserving this statement. 


Chapter 1 – The Early Years

It all began with a simple phone call and a step into the unknown. In the spring of 1974, a businessman contacted Florida Bible College (FBC), hoping to attract a graduate to Northern Virginia. He wanted to plant a church near his family in Reston. Weeks later, newlyweds Mike and Kay Minter left FBC for Reston, belongings packed in a small moving truck. As they drove westward along Route 7 from the Tysons Corner area, they were greeted by cornfields, quiet single-lane roads, and one stoplight in Reston. Who could guess what God would do through them and around them in this sleepy, remote community?

In May 1974, the Minters arrived in Reston with little but hope and faith. Mike had $600 in his pocket; Kay was a homesick 22-year-old bride. Mike had no job at the time, and they were hoping to find an apartment to rent for about $180 a month—only to learn that most units started at $250.

Despite the unknowns, Mike and Kay each sensed the Lord’s direction. Kay recalls, “When you’re so young, you don’t think about finances as much. We came with a sense of adventure; we really didn’t have any fear. Maybe it was presumptuous of me, but I can remember thinking, ‘My home will be established here. My children will be born here. Our ministry will be here.’ We had a real sense of peace.”

The businessman who had called FBC, Charlie Swift, helped the Minters get settled. They found an apartment, and Mike landed a job at the Reston Golf and Country Club, currently named Hidden Creek Country Club. He worked as a locker room attendant for $6,000 a year and ran a shoe-shining concession for extra income. Mike’s job at the country club was God’s perfect spot for him.

As Mike doled out towels and shined golf shoes, he quietly yet quickly reached out to his colleagues. He tried to have lunch with a different person every day, inviting them to attend a Bible study he wanted to start. “I learned real fast how to address people’s fears about doing something unfamiliar,” Mike says. “I assured them as I invited them to this study that they wouldn’t be put on the spot, have to read the Bible out loud, or pray out loud. And I told them if they would come just once, I wouldn’t ask them to come again.”

By late June 1974, he held the first study at the Swifts’ home in Reston. Eight to 10 people attended, and Mike spoke on the authority of the Bible. One of those who came—the manager of the country club—trusted Christ the following morning. The club’s athletic director made the same decision the next week.

“As those folks—the club’s manager, the athletic director, the chef, a golf pro, and some lifeguards—came to know the Lord,” Mike recalls, “they would invite other people to the Bible study.” This word-of-mouth process established the initial roots of Reston Bible Church (RBC). By late 1974, the study group had grown to 25 people.

With a touch of irony in early 1975, God used Mike’s first convert in Reston—the club manager, Bob Leenhouts—to push Mike to begin a Sunday worship service. After Bob volunteered to arrange for a meeting place, Mike says, “I got really scared. Suppose nobody shows up, suppose this thing doesn’t work.” But in March 1975, Reston Bible Church held its first worship service. About 25 people attended, gathering in room “G” of the Sheraton Hotel in Reston.

“I’ll never forget that first service,” Mike recalls. “One guy played guitar, Kay sang ‘Amazing Grace,’ and I preached on John 3:16. Then after that first service, I had the fear of ‘Will anyone come back?’ Every week you would get there early and stand around, hoping you’d see someone coming in, and you just didn’t know. By the summer [of 1975] several regular attendees were telling me that they were being transferred out of the area. I saw much of the congregation move out, but others moved in.”

As RBC began, Mike continued running his shoe-shining concession at the country club until the end of 1975. The new congregation paid him $75 a week during the first several months. He recalls, “I would preach on a Sunday morning and then run over to the club to shine shoes—often for the people I’d just preached to. They’d come by and say, ‘Hey, Mike, great sermon today!’ . . . Since then, several people have remarked that I was being so humble. I did not shine shoes to be humble; it was strictly for survival. I had my plans, but God needed to chip away some pride, some arrogance, my ideas, and my goals. He let me know that He was going to do something in Reston, not me.”

When asked about his early vision for RBC, Mike comments: “I didn’t have a picture of what it would necessarily look like, but there was one thing I knew. Almost everything in my life that I ever did, I knew I was kidding myself, whether it was entering the Naval Academy or something else. But when I heard from God to come here and start a church in a liberal area of intellectual people—as a guy who didn’t do very well in school—I thought, ‘This doesn’t make one bit of human sense, but I know it’s going to work.’

“It never crossed my mind that it would not work,” Mike continues, “because I knew it was God’s work. All I knew was I was just a vessel. I knew God would build this church. I was so strong on that. . . . I knew it was going to work somehow.”

By September 1975, the congregation had grown to about 100 people. Among them were Thane and Joy Seager and their four children. “I remember Mike’s approach was solid biblical preaching with a light touch,” Joy says. The Seagers were also drawn to RBC when, at the first service they attended, Mike announced plans to start a youth ministry.

Youth ministry has been part of RBC since its earliest days. The new congregation was predominated by families with children, a reflection of Reston’s demographics. By early 1976, RBC had hired a youth pastor. Sunday school classes began in 1977, once RBC had moved into a larger space in Reston’s International Center. About 30 children between ages five and 12 initially attended junior church. Kay Minter led the way during the first days of RBC’s nursery program. “Mike’s ministry was really an evangelistic outreach back then,” she recalls. “I figured I’d watch people’s children so they could listen more easily to Mike and get saved. Several of us took turns helping out in the nursery.”

The church grew not just because of families with young children coming; God also saved lost individuals and brought them into the congregation. Bill and Cheryl Hurley are two examples. Bill was an assistant golf pro at the Reston Country Club; his fiancée, Cheryl, also worked there. During lunch together, Mike invited him to his Bible study.

“I was a real heathen’s heathen back then,” Bill says. “I finally decided to go to the study because my boss at the club kept pestering me about it. Besides that, I went only because they had food. At that time, the Bible study had no eternal value to me—I had no interest in it, none at all.”

But after he and Cheryl married, they quickly encountered significant marital tensions. “First, I had to be convinced that the Gospel was a free gift—that I didn’t have to do anything to earn salvation,” Bill says. “Then, seeing my marriage going to the dogs, I started thinking. I finally prayed to trust Christ one night, alone in my living room. That got Cheryl’s attention, when she saw a totally changed person in me.” Soon after, in early 1977, she trusted in Christ. Their marriage improved, and they both have served in various ministries at RBC through the years.

Many other individuals who came to RBC shared a very religious background, but were just learning how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible teaching they heard at RBC addressed many of their questions.

Rose Brooks, who had attended church for several years, trusted in Christ in the mid-1970s after listening to radio programs of a prominent Bible teacher. During 1976, after she was saved, she prayed that God would help her find a church where she could learn more about the Bible. She heard about RBC and decided to give it a try. “Mike always gave the gospel in such a clear manner. He taught Jesus. The Holy Spirit helped me understand the Scriptures and God’s plan of salvation.”

Mary Wolfe remembers being puzzled by two neighborhood families who “willingly went for three hours” to RBC on Sunday morning. After one of the women led her to trust in Christ in mid-1976, Mary attended a worship service at RBC. “I couldn’t wait to get back for more. I was starving for Bible teaching,” she recalls. “Our three children also benefited from the teaching, so it was worth the hassle of getting them ready and to church each week.” As she started to distinguish between God’s truths and man’s added rules, she says she was like a “moth being drawn to a light.”

By late 1977, the church began outgrowing its space at the International Center. This led to a succession of moves into new and increasingly larger schools in Reston. God’s miraculous hand was at work again—as soon as the congregation overcrowded one facility, another school was opened and ready for RBC to rent:

  • Forest Edge Elementary (late 1977-78).
  • Terraset Elementary (1978-79).
  • South Lakes High School (1979-84).

Logistics became increasingly challenging. Hymnals, Sunday school materials, nursery furniture, and other equipment had to be moved back and forth each week.

“Everyone participated back then,” says Sandy Varney. “Everyone had a job in order for the church to function. Church was an all-day event. By the time you attended service, helped with the setup and breakdown, and ate lunch, it was time for the Sunday evening service. We truly were family.”

The gyms at Forest Edge and Terraset were shared by junior church classes and the nursery. Joy Seager, who helped start the junior church program, recalls that “with the older kids going at it on one end and babies yelling down at the other end, it all made for noise, noise, noise!” Despite the distractions and the temporary settings, the program thrived. While at Forest Edge, the children’s program started selecting missionaries to pray for each month, as well as to send their offering to. “Little did we know that such a simple beginning would grow into a strong, worldwide missionary interest and outreach,” Joy comments.

RBC’s focus on missions began quietly and modestly. As the junior church classes established prayer and offering support for assorted missionaries, Mike and others in the adult congregation mulled over what the church’s role in international missions should be. A local pastor strongly encouraged Mike to start some kind of missions program, and during 1978, RBC selected a five-man committee and formed a missions policy. “I have learned that, if you keep missions as a top priority, God will bless your church,” Mike says.

The first chairman of RBC’s Missions Committee was Craig Wood, and the first missionary supported by the church was Cornelius Rivera, who served at the time with Central American Missions. (He and his family are currently with Spanish World and continue to be supported by RBC.) The mission budget during that first year was $5,000. One of the church leaders—Mike’s second convert from the country club—suggested that the congregation begin tithing to missions on a regular basis, which established an important distinctive for the church. By 1984, RBC was supporting eight missionaries and had a missions budget of $50,000.

 

Chapter 2 – Breaking Ground

Reston Bible Church continued to grow as the 1980s began, but it was a congregation without a home. In five years, the church had occupied five temporary sites. It was at this point that God began to orchestrate the people and events necessary to lead RBC into its current facility.

Reston’s community planners had zoned 3.5 acres on North Shore Drive as a church site. RBC leaders in the late 1970s had anticipated the need for a permanent location and purchased the property for $35,600—long before a blueprint for a facility existed.

While the congregation was meeting at South Lakes High School, Fairfax County notified RBC leaders that they had exceeded the maximum five-year period for organizations to use a public school. The county officials also advised the church that its annual rent would increase substantially until it could move. RBC’s leaders met with county representatives and agreed that the church could stay at the same rental fee on one condition—preparation to build a facility would promptly begin.

As the church began the building program, the leadership determined they would not borrow money to pay for the new facility. This was a firm commitment. Mike expressed his heart in a message given to the congregation: “Only our Lord knows the amount of available funds within the congregation to put up the structure that we have decided upon. If through sacrificial giving the people raise $850,000, then it would be God’s responsibility to provide for all of our needs through His glory in Christ Jesus. He will perform what He specializes in—the miraculous. We, as a body, need to perform what we specialize in—or what we should specialize in: obedience. God will always be faithful to do His part.”

There are countless examples of the faithfulness of the RBC congregation during this timeframe. For instance, in November 1981, a challenge was given to the church body, consisting of about 300 people. After much prayer, they were encouraged to bring as much as they could toward the building of the church. The Lord prompted the people to contribute $134,000 on that one Sunday.

The Lord helped the body to “live by faith and not by sight” and experience the promise that “He will do exceedingly and abundantly beyond all that we can ask or even imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). People really sacrificed financially to put money toward the building. Although the Lord used generous individuals to give significant amounts to the fund, others literally sacrificed the food on their table to give to this work. There was a spirit of complete participation by everyone throughout the building program.

Construction of any building involves numerous challenges. RBC’s leadership undertook this daunting project with a unique approach. A Building Committee was established and began meeting regularly for prayer and Bible study for about a year. The committee met together to search the Scriptures about building, giving, leading, and preparing the hearts of the body of believers to participate in the process. There was a tremendous sense of preparation and waiting upon the Lord.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 15, 1983. The first shovel to break the soil was put into the ground where the pulpit stands today.

For Dan and Lynn Kraftson, who came to RBC in June 1977, the groundbreaking ceremony is among their fond memories. Lynn remembers thinking at the time, “We can’t believe that this is coming true. The church was a gift that the Lord gave us.” Dan and Lynn recall the congregation’s excitement about how the Lord was working and what He was going to accomplish in the future.

Construction of the North Shore facility began on March 1, 1983. The building project was a total team effort by the RBC body. People participated through unceasing prayer, encouragement of the church’s leadership and the building contractors, and sacrificial giving of their time, talents, and resources. For example, rotating volunteer crews, called work partiesassisted in hammering nails, painting walls, sweeping up debris, shoveling dirt around the property, and other tasks.

“It was the closest thing to Nehemiah and the building of the wall,” says Sandy Varney. “It didn’t matter what role you played—every person’s job was valued toward the completion of the building.”

The Lord also raised up Ralph Herring to coordinate construction of the building. His introduction to RBC began with two visitors standing at his door. In 1978, John Woodall, then RBC’s associate pastor, and his father, Oscar, were doing door-to-door evangelism in Reston. One evening, the last door they knocked on was the Herrings’ residence. Ralph recalls this special day: “No matter how much I enjoyed my life, I was lost to sin until that moment. When Pastor John and Oscar shared the gospel and how to be saved, the lights went on for us.”

As the congregation was organizing the building program, Ralph’s wife, Ruth, who was ill with cancer, encouraged him to participate in the effort. Ruth went home to be with the Lord in the middle of the construction project, but Ralph pressed on.

“We can be assured that it was a mighty God leading and directing the construction process from the very beginning to the completion,” Ralph says. “We never felt alone with all the odds against the church; there was always a feeling that He was close and always leading. His leading was felt from the start to the finish. The Creator God was the only reason things went so well. The RBC body was always praying—we knew He heard and answered our prayers.”

On May 27, 1984, Reston Bible Church held its first service in the new facility. During the dedication ceremony, Mike Minter addressed the congregation. His comments included lighter touches, including a paraphrase of verses from Hebrews 11: “I can’t begin to thank all of you; I couldn’t begin to mention names. And so I would say this: And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of those who through hard works subdued mountains of dirt, [put in] ceiling tile . . . escaped the edge of the putty knife, waxed valiant as they mulched their way to victory. While others were painting, some managed to get painted. . . . They wandered in cutoffs and tank tops in the parking lot and the rooftops, planting and getting planted. And for this, I thank you. There’s nothing else I can really say but thanks.”

On a more serious note, Mike continued: “I want to dedicate this facility to God, and for the purpose of God’s glory, for the purpose of equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry, for the purpose of making this a temple of praise and prayer, and for the purpose of reaching this world for Christ.”

Soon after the facility opened its doors, numerous ministries began to fill the building throughout the week. These activities included the Awana program, Women’s Bible Study, Missions Conferences, Men’s Breakfasts, Vacation Bible school, and Church Dinners.

During the mid-to-late 1980s, God also worked beyond the walls of the facility. For example, RBC’s short-term missions trips began. In addition to assisting missionaries, many participants’ faith has been strengthened by the trips’ unique experiences. Their firsthand exposure to a mighty God at work abroad has prompted many to actively support the RBC missions program.

In 1985, the senior high ministry paved the way with RBC’s first short-term mission trip to Haiti, where they helped build an orphanage. In 1987, RBC sent its first short-term evangelistic team to Milan, Italy, to assist Sam and Joan Fiore, missionaries whom RBC continues to support. Wallace Mitchell led this team; his experience on the trip was instrumental in leading him into full-time ministry in 1989.

 

Chapter 3 – The 1990s and Beyond

As Reston Bible Church entered the current decade, the congregation was comfortably settled into its space on North Shore Drive. God was working in hundreds of people’s lives in the local community, the congregation was learning more about supporting one another, and RBC’s involvement with international missions was thriving. Not surprisingly, however, challenges and growing pains accompanied the blessings. This is where RBC’s past meets its future.

Many of RBC’s current concerns and difficulties are linked to the congregation’s expansion and related space problems. In the early 1990s, attendance at two worship services averaged approximately 800 people; by 1999, those attending three services had mushroomed to nearly 2,000. Mike Minter, RBC’s senior pastor, comments, “It would kill me to turn away people because there’s no room here. Lack of space is a concern, but it’s a good problem to have.”

That’s not to say that RBC’s leadership has actively pursued growth in numbers. As in the early days, Mike has led the church by sticking to Bible-based teaching. “It’s always the power of the gospel,” he stated in July 1999. “It’s not Mike Minter, the Elder Board here, or anyone else who changes lives. . . . There’s no human explanation for the things we do here. God simply says, ‘I will build my church.’ “

The formation of a particular ministry in 1994 reflected the leadership’s response as the congregation changed and grew. It began when Mike was studying the differences between many contemporary churches in the United States and the first churches described in the Bible. He recalls thinking, “What has happened to the church of Jesus Christ? We’ve lost it. We are just big. We’ve got a lot of people coming out, but I don’t know all these people and we don’t know each other that well; people are getting lost in the shuffle. . . . I became burdened about it.”

After meeting with the staff and the elders, the leadership decided to place greater emphasis on helping people organize into small groups for worship, biblical instruction, and fellowship. Shepherd groups, each consisting of about six to 15 people, replaced random Bible studies scattered throughout neighborhoods. Leaders were identified and a handful of shepherd groups took root. About 40 shepherd groups currently meet in various locations across the area. As these groups increase in number, they multiply and more leaders are trained. In 1998, several shepherd groups came together to form an RBC church plant, Broadlands Community Church, which is pastored by Wallace Mitchell.

While RBC’s growth has posed challenges to managing numerous ministries, it has not deterred many in the congregation from sharing the gospel with neighbors and friends and inviting them to various activities. The Easter Cantata is one of the church’s longest-running local outreaches, which has also built broad-based teamwork among the congregation. The Cantata’s current format as a drama-choral production developed in the late 1980s. In recent years, about 200 RBC members have joined in myriad roles to help portray the account of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection during evening performances given Easter week.

“We work shoulder by shoulder,” says Paul Goodnight, RBC’s worship pastor. “The Cantata isn’t any one person’s production. We’re all doing this with a common goal of telling people about Christ. At almost every baptism here, you hear one or two people who say, ‘I came to the Cantata and it [the gospel] finally made sense.’ It’s encouraging for those who work on the Cantata to know that it’s changing lives.”

The desire to draw closer to area churches has been another distinctive for RBC during the 1990s. After meeting and praying with several area pastors, Mike said he discovered “how many gems are out there, praying for you and worshiping the Lord. This has been a sweet experience for us.” In addition, several joint praise and worship services have been held in past years. “We’re seeing a knitting together of what the body of Christ should look like,” Mike added.

In this spirit, RBC partnered with three area churches to distribute the “Jesus” video to every household in Reston. Volunteers delivered bags with the video, a letter from the churches, and a response card. Others  helped follow up with people who expressed an interest in discussing the video or spiritual issues.

God’s providence and faithfulness have been evident in the numerous ministries at RBC. Nearly all the church’s ministries that currently exist were established after God gave someone vision and passion to meet a need; through the encouragement of others, a core group was formed and the ministry began. Many in the church body have been influenced by a biblical principle underscored in Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God study: watch to see where God is working and join Him. The following ministries have been selected as representative of the mighty work God has done during the 1990s, but many others have also witnessed His power.

 

Children’s Education and Youth Ministry

RBC has offered a range of activities for the youngest toddlers up through teenagers in senior high. The Sunday school program has grown along with the adult congregation through the 1990s; in 1999, approximately 400 children and youth participated. It has become increasingly difficult to accommodate all the children in the church’s lower level for Sunday school and junior church. Nonetheless, several positives, including greater unity and creativity among the teachers, have emerged from the situation—a common theme for several RBC ministries in recent years.

By the mid-1990s, junior and senior high classes and other activities required more space than the church facility could offer, and these groups moved to RBC’s South Campus building off Wiehle Avenue. The Youth Ministry is a family-based program that desires to support parents in raising their teenagers. A committed group of trained staff and adult volunteers shares in the joys and struggles of the teens, while encouraging them in their relationship with Christ.

The Senior High Ministry began offering a monthly outreach called the “Gap”; teenagers can stand in the gap by bringing friends to hear about Jesus Christ and how He is relevant to their lives. In addition, the Junior High Ministry established “Crew” meetings in 1999. Its name conveys the theme of working together to reach the goal of loving and serving Christ.

 

International Missions

The church has seen dramatic growth over the years in its support of missions outside the United States:

  • In 1998, the congregation financially supported 130 missionaries in nearly 40 countries. Of this total, 55 percent were foreign nationals and 45 percent were Americans. Nine of these individuals were from RBC’s congregation.
  • Forty percent of the church’s general budget is earmarked for global missions, which translated to almost $1.1 million in 1998.
  • RBC’s financial giving to international missions has increased every year since it began the missions program in 1978.

Bill Hurley, chairman of the Missions Committee since 1985, put the statistics in proper perspective: “We’ve had 20 some years of constant growth and it’s nothing short of a miracle. We are in an awesome position because of God’s faithfulness. The other key is the leadership support,” he adds. “If the pastors and the elders ever felt burdened by having nearly half of their budget go to missions, it would fall apart. The elders have decided to increase the giving over the years; the Missions Committee has never asked for more money. It’s such a privilege to be able to help out with needs in the field.”

Bill observes that “in many ways, the financial part is the easy part. If you’re a church that really loves your missionaries, you will regularly pray for and be in touch with them.” He remarks about how communications technology has aided interaction with missionaries around the globe, even in the most remote jungles. Telephone connections are much clearer than they were just 10 years ago, and the explosion of the Internet and e-mail during this decade has made a profound difference. “Communication is so quick now,” he said. “It’s really exciting to see how close we’ve gotten to the work abroad.”

 

Men’s and Women’s Ministries

During the 1990s, both the men’s and women’s ministries have fine-tuned their focus and activities. In the mid-1990s, the Men’s Ministry defined its vision to “stand together to become strong, holy, humble, prayerful men of God, who will lead their lives, marriages, families, businesses, and the church with excellence for the Lord Jesus Christ and the glory of God.” Several opportunities have developed from that, including a three-part series of classes called “Training Faithful Men,” prayer groups, small support groups, and periodic special events.

“One of the ministry’s key ideas is to get men to stand together and break down the walls of isolation that we tend to have,” said Brad Smith, leader of the ministry. “We also want to build on what it means to be committed to the next generation and take an active role in preparing, training, and leading our children to become men and women of God.”

The heart of the Women’s Ministries is to provide opportunities for women to become better equipped to serve and honor the Lord at home, work, and in all their relationships. Susan Wood, Director of the Women’s Ministries, summarizes developments during the past few years: “The ministry has trimmed back on its activities and has tried to provide more balance.” She notes that the ministry is “driven by the Bible studies” that are offered on Thursday mornings and evenings. A range of studies is being offered to accommodate different needs. Susan adds that many women participating in the studies have also invited neighbors to attend the classes: “Outreach has expanded greatly in recent years.”

Something for both men and womenthe Singles Ministryhas reorganized in an effort to reach a more diverse group. The ministry in mid-1999 extended its activities to both single and married individuals who are in their twenties and thirties. To reflect this shift, the group changed its name from Single Focus to Crossroads. The single parent ministry also has been organized. Another active component of the singles ministry is the College and Young Career group, called EnVison.

The Lay Counseling ministry is a new program available to the RBC congregation. The ministry has begun to offer biblical caregiving, with a licensed Christian mental health professional overseeing lay counselors, who have completed intensive training. This ministry was organized after the pastoral staff realized they had neither the time nor the skill to handle all deep-rooted psychological problems in the lives of so many, according to Mike Minter.

One of the lay counselors, Mary Wolfe, comments: “When I heard about this program, I knew I wanted to pursue it. God has allowed many difficult issues to surface within the RBC congregation, once we had matured some as a body. This counseling basically involves walking alongside others, praying with them, using biblical training. The counselors have had difficult life experiences themselves and have walked through deep waters.”

 

What’s Next?

As we approach a new millennium, RBC is preparing to follow God’s future direction, just as it has tried to do during its first 24 years. “It’s important to look back as we look ahead,” observed John Woodall, RBC’s former executive pastor. “This history is a testimony. We didn’t build RBC. We participated in the work of the Lord. When Jesus said, ‘I will build my church,’ all we can do is respond to His invitation and participate. RBC’s story is an illustration of this.

“The vision of RBC,” John continued, “is to participate with the Lord Jesus Christ in building a biblical community of believers, who will be a beacon of grace, truth, and life in Northern Virginia and around the world.”

God is still active among His people in RBC’s body. It is our greatest hope that you will participate in the work the Lord wants to do in and through you. Come join us in this great adventure.

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