The History of Fellowship Bible Church
In the fall of 1981, several families decided to start a
fellowship based on the two fundamentals to which they were dedicated, 1. the belief that salvation is totally by grace
through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and 2. the dispensational understanding of
scripture. In January of 1982, the
Articles of Incorporation were approved and on February 7, 1982, the Charter
Meetings were initially held in members’ homes. Starting in the spring of 1982, Fellowship
Bible Church met in the Columbus Center for several years. When the Columbus Center moved to a new
building, the church also moved to the new location.
In July of 1985, the church purchased the property on
Hiawassee Road. On July 21, 1991, ground
was broken for the construction of the building. On November 3, 1991, services were first held
in the new building that has since served as the home of Fellowship Bible
Fellowship Bible Church has had three pastors. The first was Jon Bekemeyer, pasturing the
church from the very beginning until the summer of 1985. In August of 1985, John Federicksen became
the pastor, serving until 2001. In July
of 2001, Dave Siegmann became our new pastor.
Fellowship Bible Church thanks God for these faithful men who have
served the church well.
Of course the real history of the church is in the lives
of its members. Some of the original
families are still with us, some have moved to other parts of the country and
some have gone home to Heaven. Many new
families have been added throughout the years, working together to spread the
gospel to our community and to edify one another.
Our hope is to bring more new families to Fellowship
Bible Church to work together by serving the Lord with grace and truth.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.