WHO WE ARE
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FAIRFAX BAPTIST TEMPLE is a warm fellowship of people brought together by a shared desire to worship God and evangelize the world. We’re formal when the occasion requires it, without being stuffy, and we know how to be relaxed and have fun. We’re a place connected to God and to each other.
WE WOULD LIKE TO SERVE YOU AND MEET YOUR SPIRITUAL NEEDS; we also want to encourage you to find a place to serve. There are a multitude of opportunities for people of all ages to get involved here—greeting visitors, ushering, helping with a baptism, caring for a toddler, preparing a meal, counting an offering, arranging flowers, answering the phones, corresponding with missionaries, working with children and teenagers, visiting in the community, mowing the grass and cleaning bathrooms, and any one of dozens of other activities. We hope that as you look at the snapshot information about our church on the following pages you will want to connect with us.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
How to get to heaven
WE ALL FALL SHORT OF GOD’S STANDARD
“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Our first step towards God comes when we understand and admit that we fall short of His perfect standards. We do things that we know are wrong. The Bible calls this sin. If you believe that you can somehow do enough good deeds to outweigh your bad deeds (an impossibility) or if you’re not troubled by the consequences of your sin, you are not yet ready for God to help you. You must agree with God that you are a sinner.
THERE IS A PRICE TO PAY FOR SIN
“The wages of sin is death . . .”
No sin is free, and no sin is cheap. The Bible says that the payment for our sin is death. This is eternal separation from God in a terrible place called hell; a place reserved for all those who willingly reject God.
GOD HAS PAID THE PRICE!
“. . . but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God loves you very much. He does not want you to spend eternity in hell. That is why He came to earth as a man called Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life and died a horrible death in your place. He took on Himself the full punishment for your sin, so that you would never have to pay the price. Instead, you can live forever in Heaven with Him.
TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE AND REPENT OF YOUR SINS
“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
“Testifying…repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21)
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Jesus Christ rose from the dead to prove that He is the only one able to save you. But knowing that you are a sinner and that God wants to save you is not enough. You must do something about it. You must want to be saved! You must repent and turn from your old life and enter a new life with Jesus at the center—a life that begins when you sincerely and openly ask Him to save you. Accept Christ today!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Thank you for taking the time to think about this simple message. We hope it has challenged you to reconsider your relationship with God. As you turn from your old life to begin living a new life in Christ, a great process of learning and spiritual growth lies ahead. Please let us know if you have started the journey so that we can help you grow in Christ!
EXALT the LORD, EVANGELIZE the LOST, and EDIFY the LEARNER
Loving God. Loving People.
PASTOR TODD ABBEY
Pastor Todd Abbey felt God’s call to preach at Fairfax Baptist Temple at an early age, graduated from FBTA in 1988, served as pastor at Central Baptist Church for 14 years, and returned to the Fairfax area to pastor FBT in 2016. Pastor Abbey’s desire to see people surrender their lives to Christ, along with his heart for world evangelism and church planting, has taken him throughout the United States and to over 25 foreign countries. It is his passion to serve people, and to help families grow in Christ. He seeks to encourage missionaries and couples through mission trips, conferences and retreats, as well as train young men who are preparing for future ministry. Todd and his wife, Rebecca, enjoy serving in ministry together as a family, along with their sons, Reagan and Carson.
PASTOR JACK RAMOS
Pastor Jack Ramos has led our Spanish Church since January 2006. A second generation Hispanic, Jack and his wife Esther have three children. Prior to joining FBT, Jack served at the U.S. Department of Justice as an investigative specialist in the Office of the Inspector General, and he also spent four years as an Operations Specialist aboard the USS San Jacinto visiting twenty-five countries during that time. He has earned an MPA, Public Administration and a BA, Government & International Politics, both from George Mason University.
Gary serves as our dynamic Minister of Youth. He is responsible for oversight of our children’s programs, (Awana, Jr. Church) and leads and directs our Vacation Bible School in the summer. Most of his time is spent ministering to the Teens with over seventy-five in attendance every week, teaching their Bible study class, and preaching to them in the Wednesday night services. Prior to coming to FBT, Gary served as Youth Pastor in Lakeland, Florida for two years. He and his wife Alicia are both graduates of Heartland Baptist Bible College, and have one son, Titus.
Jay is our Minister of Education, serving as our Academy Administrator, and coordinating operations between the academy and the church. He is responsible for teacher recruitment, curriculum, and the day-to-day operations of the school. He and his wife, Jan, have three children. Prior to joining FBT, Jay served as the school administrator for Community Baptist Christian School in South Bend, IN.
JEFF VAN DEN BERG
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Jeff Van Den Berg serves as the Director of Music. He is responsible for the administration of all musical activities in the school and church. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC. Jeff and his wife Holley have been involved in ministries in South Carolina, Colorado, and Michigan before coming to Northern VA. He and his wife have three children.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
JK Beach serves as our Director of Finance and is responsible for the faithful stewardship of all money coming into and going out of FBT. He manages the budget process, church investments, and employee benefits administration. His background in both finance and insurance makes him a key component of the FBT staff. In his earlier career he was a Credit Manager and also worked in the financial services industry. JK and his wife Gretchen have three sons. He has a Bachelors degree in Administrative Management from Tennessee Temple University and an MBA from the George Mason University School of Management.
Dr. Bud Calvert
The church began in October 1970 when Bud Calvert answered the call to start a new church. They held the first service in their second-floor apartment in Annandale, Virginia. There were five people in the congregation that day, including his wife Mary and son, and Dave and Margaret Abbey and their son, but as the weeks went by, the number of people grew.
The church soon began meeting in West Springfield High School but continuing strong growth led to the acquisition of a five-acre property and a small building on Braddock Road in 1973. A second building on the site was dedicated in 1979. Then a tract of 33 acres was donated to the still-growing church by a member who was also a land developer. Located on a prime site fronting on the (then) soon-to-be-constructed Fairfax County Parkway, this miraculous gift led to a final move in December 2000.
The church, however, is not land and buildings: it is people. The legacy that Pastor Calvert sought to maintain was to ensure that God was pre-eminent in everything while striving to draw people to Him from the local community, then reaching out to others across the country, and to the nations beyond. This vision is encapsulated in the purpose that has motivated FBT from the very first—to “Glorify God and Evangelize the World”. Translated in practical terms, this means that the local church promotes a vigorous program of discipleship, personal evangelism and community outreach while supporting nearly 300 missionary evangelists on every continent. In addition, young men have been sent out from FBT almost every year since its founding to plant new churches across America. In this way, more than $14 million has been given towards world evangelism over the last 42 years. This money is separate from the operating funds of the church and is donated by members through a program of Grace Giving.
Pastor Calvert’s son, Troy, pastored the church for ten years from 2006 to 2015. Dave and Margaret Abbey’s son, Todd, became the pastor in 2016, and has continued the tradition of glorifying God and evangelizing the world through the ministries of FBT.