Antioch Baptist Church was founded on January 8, 1989. The first Worship Service was held at the Salvation Army Chapel located on Ox Road in Fairfax, Virginia. Antioch's founding Pastor, John Q. Gibbs, led a group of four others to pray for one year prior to planting this Church in Fairfax County. Joining Pastor Gibbs in planting Antioch Baptist Church was his wife (Deborah), his sister (Virginia Carter), and close friends (Bill and Kim Ryals). On that first service on January 8, 1989, Kim Ryals came forward to be baptized. The first baptism service was held at Second Baptist Church in Falls Church, VA on April 14, 1989. At that service three candidates were baptized, Kim Ryals, Audrey Wheeler, and Michael Johnson. After a brief but rich ministry, Pastor John Q. Gibbs was called home to be with the Lord on May 23, 1995. We fondly remember our founding Pastor for his love of Jesus Christ, zeal for the Gospel, and his love of Antioch. Some of the milestones include the purchase of 3.6 acres of land and the construction of the facility located at 6531 Little Ox Road.
Rev. Dr. Marshal L. Ausberry, who was mentored, licensed, and ordained under Pastor Gibbs’ ministry, served as interim Pastor, and was elected Pastor on September 6, 1995. Under his guidance, the church continued to thrive. Numerous ministries were added which included, missions programs -- helping the homeless, the sick and elderly and those in jail. Missions are also active in Haiti and other countries. At home, with the purpose of Loving God and Loving Others, Antioch Baptist is a welcoming place for newcomers as well as people who have lived in Fairfax Station and surrounding areas all their lives. Under Pastor Ausberry’s leadership, the Antioch campus expanded to twenty-three acres and a Ministry center was constructed. Pastor Marshal Ausberry retired on June 30, 2022.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Antioch, a Bible teaching and preaching church, celebrats her thirty-fifth year in January 2024. Antioch has many ministries, with spiritual growth opportunities for everyone, to include Children & Youth, Singles, Married Couples, Military Care and Share among other ministries. December 1, 2023 marked the next chapter for Antioch Baptist Church, with our new pastor-elect in place. As we move forward, we remain focused on our purpose of Loving God, Loving Others.
RELATIONSHIPS, NOT NUMBERS
Antioch has been described as a very warm and loving congregation. We hope you visit soon so that you can experience the warmth and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the local church.
Loving God, Loving Others, through attending Worship, Studying the Word, volunteering to Work in ministry, and reaching the World for Jesus Christ.
Antioch Baptist Church
6531 Little Ox Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039, US
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