After we were over the shock of 50 people in our first service, we settled down with 12 at the next service, and a month into the ministry, we had Bro Rene Jagolina, Sis Rose Jabolina, Bro Ernie, Sis Verna David, Sis Lydia Balagot, Bro Alfred De Jesus and Sis Ren de Jesus committed attendees of BBCJH. Soon after we had Sis Ingrid Macdonald, Sis Nelly Gonzalez, Bro Bernie
In January 2011, 4 months after our first service (in September 2010), while averaging close to 10 in the morning service, we held our first evening service. In the first 2 months NO ONE showed up. In the next 6 months, we would see one visitor pop in. Of all those, only one would eventually become a regular member, a dear Cuban lady. Whether we had one or none, we remained consistent and patient. We conducted each service as if we had 9 or 10 like the
Our first service was in September 2010, and by November 2010, we started supporting world missions! The first missionaries we supported were the Armah Family in Ghana and the Tabanao Family in Cambodia. In February 2011, we hosted our first missionaries (on deputation). In March 2011, we started supporting a church planter (to Staten Island, NY). Obviously it was never too
In the summer of 2010, before we opened our doors as a (mission) church, NYSET (New York Summer Evangelistic Team) under the leadership of Bro Doug Lowery came to Jackson Heights for street evangelism. They helped us give out our opening day flyers aside from John-Romans booklets and Gospel tracts. That set the tone for
Searching for a meeting place two months before opening day is a little bit late. We were advised September was the best time to hold a first service. It was July and we just discovered College Point was not where God would have us to plant the church. Suddenly it seemed like Jackson Heights was the right
BBCJH is quite unique blessed with not one, not two, but three independent baptist churches sending me to plant an independent New Testament Baptist local church in New York City, specifically Jackson Heights in Queens.
Initially the plan was to establish a home Bile study that would eventually lead to the establishment of a local church. But having realized that the Lord had called me to full time ministry, specifically to establish a New Testament local church, and with good advice from a seasoned New York independent Baptist church pastor, I decided to plant a church instead of just a home Bible study. Looking back, that was very good advice I received that led me in the right direction the Lord had planned all along. And so on September 12, 2010, our first Sunday morning service, we opened our doors to the community as a church (mission church).
Our history will have to include a word about initial plans to plant an independent baptist church in College Point, Queens, just immediately north of the Whitestone Expressway. We thought we would name it Whitestone Baptist Church.