Pontiac Bible Church

post date: March 25, 2007
Here are some pictures from our visit to Pontiac (IL) Bible Church. I first met Brian Bill in May 1989 when I was a visiting preacher at Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park. After I became the senior pastor, we served together on staff for three years and developed a friendship that has continued to this day. Seven-and-a-half years ago I preached at his installation service in Pontiac, I told the people that when a great man comes to a great church, we should expect great things to happen. God’s hand of blessing has been upon Brian’s ministry in a powerful way. Under his leadership, the church has more than doubled and now has a growing national and international influence through his online sermons and his widely-read weblog. Last night Brian and Beth took us out to a Mexican restaurant and we spent most of the time telling stories and laughing. Then we went their home and had dessert with their four daughters–Emily, Lydia, Rebecca and Megan. Brian reminded me that I dedicated Emily when she was baby. Now she is a freshman at Moody Bible Institute.
Brian encouraged us to bring our books and some CD sets with us. I told the congregation that a week ago the CD sets didn’t exist. I also said that I write books primarily to be given away as ministry tools to reach others for Christ. And I offered to sign books with a personal note from me to their loved ones and to pray with them for those who will receive the books. We had many moving moments, especially with parents asking me to sign a book and pray with them for their children who are away from the Lord.
After the second service, we had a luncheon in the fellowship hall attended by at least 100 people. I talked about the vision of Keep Believing Ministries to serve the body of Christ worldwide through evangelism and encouragement. We talked a lot about China, our book ministry to prisoners, and our desire to encourage pastors by offering resources on the Internet. Afterwards I met Jason Woolever, a blogging buddy who is the associate pastor of the First Methodist Church of Pontiac.
It was a great day of ministry in every respect, and I want to thank Brian and Beth Bill, their wonderful daughters, and the whole congregation of Pontiac Bible Church for receiving us with so much hospitality. We didn’t feel like visitors. We felt like part of the family, and that’s the highest praise I could give to any church we visit.
Preaching at Pontiac Bible ChurchBook SigningMarlene and Lynette in the crowded hallway
Brian BillAt the Luncheon
Marlene chatting with Brian Bill

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