Abundant Life Bible Church is an initiative of Open Door Baptist Church of Chili, NY, to make a greater impact locally. Dr. Lloyd McKee, Pastor for Counseling at Open Door, responded to God’s call to spearhead this ministry in fall, 2014. After much prayer and study of the needs of the community, he saw God directing his focus on the town of Gates and surrounding areas. Having lived in Gates with his four children, who graduated from Gates-Chili High School, he was familiar with the community and saw the potential to reach souls with the good news of the abundant life that Jesus Christ offers to all those who will accept Him by faith.
Pastor Lloyd began meeting with a team of 17 adults who were called by God to partner with him to launch the new church. The team met from March through December of 2015 to pray, make preparations to launch the church, to study how to disciple new believers, and to visit homes in Gates to learn about the needs of the community.
God provided the opportunity to rent the beautiful facilities of Church of the Epiphany on Buffalo Rd. to hold our services and Bible studies. The first worship services were held at Thanksgiving and Christmas, 2015. Weekly worship services with friends and members of the launch team began in January, 2016. Family Bible Hour and worship services were held on Saturday evenings, with Bible study on Wednesdays. The community was invited to the official public launch at Easter, 2016.
We are excited to share the love of Christ with the people of Gates. We look forward to serving the residents and community as God opens doors of opportunity.