Service Locations & Times

Arlington

Monday
7:30 pm

Loudoun

Sunday
9 am
10:45 am

Prince William

Sunday
9 am
11 am

Tysons

Saturday
6:30 pm
Sunday
9 am
10:45 am
12:30 pm
5:30 pm

Citywide

Sunday 5:30 pm

Internet Campus

Saturday 6:30 pm Sunday 9:00 am 10:45 am 12:30 pm 5:30 pm

Arlington

Monday
7:30 pm

Loudoun

Saturday
6:30 pm
Sunday
9 am
10:45 am

Montgomery County

Sunday
9 am
11 am

Prince William

Sunday
9 am
10:45 am

Tysons

Saturday
6:30 pm
Sunday
9 am
10:45 am
12:30 pm
5:30 pm

Citywide

Sunday
5:30 pm

Internet Campus

Sunday
9 am
10:45 am
12:30 pm
5:30 pm

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Church History

In the Beginning...

From our humble beginnings, McLean Bible Church has strived to remain true to God’s calling for us. We’ve sought to be willing to step out in visionary faith and take risks for God, and He has blessed us for that. In looking back at our journey, we can clearly see God at work. This gives us hope for the future and inspires us to continue to seek to impact Washington with the message of Jesus Christ.

The Early Years

In 1961 five families came together to form a non-denominational church where the Bible would be taught. That was the beginning of McLean Bible Church. Pastor J. Albert Ford was the first pastor. For three years the church met in homes, schools, and other facilities until it got a building of its own in 1964.

The church remained in that building for almost two decades. Alan Gardner was pastor from 1971-1979. In 1975 Lon Solomon came to McLean Bible Church as an intern under Gardner.

 

Lon’s Return

In 1980 Lon returned, this time to become the fourth pastor in the church’s history. Prior to that, he taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary beginning in 1975. At this point, the church had grown to over 200 members. In 1986, the church began meeting at Langley High School to accommodate the growing congregation. Though the church was growing, it was not having the impact on the community that its members desired.

 

Lon’s Return

Changes in the Growing Church

To increase the impact on the community, Lon shared a new vision for evangelism. The church became more “seeker friendly” to attract people who wouldn’t otherwise attend church. McLean Bible Church was also working to transition from a small to a large church with decentralized ministry.

Some of these changes were met with opposition by members of the congregation, and a small faction formed that was opposed to Lon. A Vote of Confidence was cast, in which Lon received 85 percent of the vote, allowing him to continue as Senior Pastor.

 

Core Values and Vision

In 1991 McLean Bible Church introduced a set of Core Values. In 1994 it introduced the current vision statement:
The vision of McLean Bible Church is to make an evangelistic impact on Metro Washington with the message of Jesus Christ.

The Core Values define and guide the church while ensuring everything it does is aligned with this vision.

 

So What?...

The church also developed a new process of ministry, focusing on newcomers, small groups, and discipleship. The change was evident in Lon’s preaching, as it became more application oriented. The goal was to give people biblical truths that helped them walk with God in their daily lives. This led to Lon’s famous “So What?” He often asks this during his sermons to provide practical application to the message.

 

New Balls Hill Road Auditorium

At this point was one of the most important moments in the church’s history. To accommodate rapid growth, McLean Bible Church moved to a new auditorium at the Balls Hill Road facility in 1992. Within three months the attendance increased by 25 percent, and within four months a third service was added. Eventually even more services were added.

 

Ministry Expansion

Frontline

While the church was expanding, it wasn’t reaching a key group of people – young adults. Frontline was launched in 1994 to establish a biblical community for young adults, with its own worship, teaching, ministry teams, small groups, global impact teams and staff. Ken Baugh, the first teaching pastor of Frontline, served for ten years. In 2004 Todd Phillips took over that role.

 

Ministry Expansion

Access Ministry

In 1996, the church recognized a need to reach out to people with intellectual and physical disabilities, including parents and other family members of those children. What began as a Sunday school class of four children with various disabilities, has grown to serve more than 500 children and their families. Access programming includes Sunday school, parent support and training sessions, summer camp, sibling events, and monthly respite care programs.

 

Ministry Expansion

Route 7 Campus

By the end of the 1990s, the Balls Hill Road facility was over capacity, with over 5,000 adults visiting each week. In 1998, McLean Bible Church bought 43 acres of land and a 232,000 square foot facility previously owned by the National Wildlife Federation. After 14 months of hearings before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors the church received unanimous approval to build a church on the site.

In 2001 the church moved into the new building. Attendance continued to increase rapidly and construction began on a larger auditorium, which was completed in 2004.

 

Ministry Expansion

Daybreak

DayBreak was founded in 2001 by a group of young adults from McLean Bible Church who fell in love with the inner city community and wanted to make a difference in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Ministry Expansion

Jill’s House

In 2010, McLean Bible Church opened Jill’s House, an overnight respite care center.

 

One Church in Multiple Locations—Community Campuses

In September 2006, Lon unveiled the next step in McLean Bible Church’s growth – community campuses. Striving to become “one church with multiple locations,” each campus is designed to be a church community with a campus pastor and dedicated staff.

With these campuses, MBC is building a “spiritual beltway” around the city. Each campus shares Core Values, a passion for God’s Word, and an emphasis on a personal relationship with Christ. The sermon is broadcast live via satellite from one campus to all other campuses.

The Arlington campus launched in January 2007, followed by the Loudoun campus in January 2008. In May 2009, the Silver Spring campus opened, and in September, the Prince William campus opened. In January 2011, the Bethesda campus opened.