SUSTAINED AND GROWING
Faith Bible Church originally started in August of 2008 when God led a group of Christians to plant a church between Frenchtown and Missoula. We were especially drawn to this area because it has over 500 homes stretching between the two places, and yet there are very few Gospel-witnessing churches nearby. Under the leadership of Pastor Fred Emery, our church was formed and we began meeting on members’ properties. FBC began to grow and prosper but in May 2010, our church suddenly suffered tragedy when Pastor Fred was struck and killed by a drunk driver.
The next years were difficult as our church family recovered from such a difficult loss and sought the Lord’s direction on what we should do next. We learned God would provide for the plans He still had for us. That fall, we joined the Southern Baptist Convention and within a year, called Noah Lee to pastor the church. While remaining true to our founding doctrine and purpose, FBC was replanted in January of 2011 and we committed to carrying out the four-fold purpose of the church: Worship, Grow, Love, and Go.
FOLLOWING THE VISION
From 2011-2015, FBC has been a faithful church plant meeting regularly to study God’s Word, encourage one another through fellowship, and reach out to our community with the gospel. We are still unsure how God will use our humble group for His kingdom, but we see God sustaining us and lavishing us with incredible blessings well beyond any of our capabilities.
Over the last few years, God’s provided new families to strengthen the church, finances for us to start our new building project, property for our new location, a second pastor for our leadership team, a partnering church to help guide our growth, and an incredible network of churches in the area that are a great support for our efforts to reach Missoula.
Our story has been a tumultuous one. We never expected to have so many trials and obstacles come against our vision for a simple church to meet out here in the Wye. And yet, our hardships have given us the chance to see God’s overwhelming strength. He has saved us and sustained us and we know He has a good purpose for us moving forward.
Today we can say we also never expected to have so many blessings and stories of deliverance. And as we see God’s faithfulness clearly in our own story, we’re eager to share it with the community around us.
To hear more about where we’re headed next, read here.