Thanks so much for indicating an interest in our church by entering our Internet website. We are honored that you have taken your time to seek out some information about the Lord's ministry in our local church. I have been the Senior Pastor here since January 1, 1999. I had served here previously from July, 1985 through July, 1989 as the Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor Johnny H. Bragg. Pastor Bragg, the founding Pastor of the church, died in October 1998, and I assumed the roll as Senior Pastor in 1999.
Abundant Life Church has always been noted for being a "loving" and "friendly" church. When people visit they experience first hand the genuine love and concern of our church family. We strive to be a true multi-cultural church, which means we are a church that wants all people, regardless of their race or nationality, to feel welcome and at home. For a number of years we have used the motto, "Think of Us as Family" as an advertisement and a statement of commitment that our goal is to be like family to the people who attend here.
To better describe our mission, we have amended our motto as follows: "We Are Family! Embracing all people for the cause of Christ". For this to be more than a great slogan or motto, we have to live it out every day, even when we are not at church. The Great Commission challenges us "to make disciples of all nations...".
Our church is an interdenominational, charismatic fellowship. In case you are not familiar with the term, "charismatic", it means we believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit to empower people through the giving of spiritual gifts for service in the church. You will find our church to be very balanced. The Bible instructs us in John 4:24 that his worshippers "must worship in spirit and in truth." We sincerely believe the Holy Spirit should be free to move in our services, but we also believe everything we do must be guided by the Word of God.
As you review our website, if you have questions, please feel free to call us or e-mail us. We sincerely appreciate your interest in our church. We have enjoyed our visit with you. It would be a real joy and pleasure to have you join us in one of our services, and get a chance to meet you personally. May God richly bless you as you honor and serve Him.
The Lord has given our church an awesome vision! An important part of this vision is ministering to children and youth for His Kingdom. And as we successfully reach kids, we will also reach their parents, their grandparents, their brothers and sisters, as well as their neighbors and friends. This is an enormous undertaking that will not only make a difference in our community but will impact the entire Upstate of South Carolina.
As we consider all that God would have us to do, there is a major challenge before us. Considering factors like the size of our mortgage on the sanctuary, our current levels of giving, and the number of people in our congregation, can we do it? I believe the answer to this question is found in the Word of God. David slew Goliath, the children of Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground, and the walls of Jericho fell down because we serve a mighty God!!
There is no doubt in my mind God knows the number of people in our church family and the financial ability of our church body. Yet, He has given this vision to us and not to some other church. I sincerely believe God wants us to take a step of faith. I believe as each of us commit ourselves to God's vision for us and make the sacrifices to implement the vision, God will send the people and finances to fully complete the vision.
The Abundant Life Church of Greenville, South Carolina, Inc. held its first service on June 20, 1982. It was formed in a very unusual and remarkable way, as three churches, Faith Fellowship, Evangel Temple, and Church on the Rock came together as one to serve and honor the Lord. It was established to be an interdenominational body of believers who desire to exalt the Lord, evangelize the lost, to equip the saints, and to exhibit the love of Christ through excellence.
The founding Pastor of Abundant Life Church was Johnny H. Bragg, a native of Georgia. He and his wife Lounelle, were the pioneers of God's work in this local body. He provided the spiritual leadership for the church from its inception until his death in October, 1998. Pastor Bragg was assisted over the years by a well qualified Board of Trustees, God appointed and anointed Elders and Deacons, and a quality staff of spirit-filled men and women.
In January 1999, Johnny Baker became the Senior Pastor of our church. He had served previously in our church as the Executive Assistant to Pastor Bragg from 1985 to 1989. He originally is from Raleigh, North Carolina and is married to Jan Snipes Baker, and they have two daughters and one grand daughter.
Originally the church was located in the former Evangel Temple facility on Poinsett Highway. In 1986, the church purchased thirty seven (37) acres on Farr's Bridge Road in the Berea community. The first service was held at that location in November, 1986. Briefly, the church met in the Berea Middle School until the first building on the Farr's Bridge Road site was completed.
The church property also features a three acre lake with a picnic shelter. There is also a softball field and a children's play area near the lake. The church family enjoys picnicking, horse shoes, volleyball, fishing, and a host of other activities in this area of our property.
One of the priorities of our church has always been to minister to youth and children. In 1990 a Day Care Center was opened by the Church. It's goal is to provide quality child care in a Christian environment. A few years later a Christian school was opened. Currently we offer a quality Christian education for four-year olds through the tenth grade. More information on the Christian School or our Day Care can be obtained on this website.
To this date almost twenty acres of the property have been developed. As far as facilities are concerned we have the following:
Oftentimes, when we come to church, God will speak to our hearts. We know that he is speaking to us because a song, a prayer, or something the pastor says seems like it is directed to some need or situation in our life. When God does speak to us, we may need to respond in some way. During our services, people will be invited to come forward to receive prayer, make a commitment, etc. Please feel free, as the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart, to come forward and allow God to meet the need in your heart and life. You may feel the need to:
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Children's Church - 10:00 AM in the Daycare
Morning Worship - 10:00 AM in the Sanctuary(*Nursery Provided)
Worship Service in Espanol - 12:45 PM in the Sanctuary
Bible Study, Youth, Children's Church - 7:00 PM
Our Theme for 2017
"Year of the Lord!"