This year, Kerrville Bible Church turns 40 years old — and the local Christian community will celebrate in style at a special anniversary service and reception June 23.
The service will begin at 5 p.m., and at 6 p.m., participants will head over to the Family Life Center for a shared meal, according to KBC pastor Chris McKnight.
“It’s really a celebration of God’s faithfulness and goodness to our church over the last 40 years, and everyone is invited to join us,” McKnight added.
The meal will be free, with a donation bucket available for those who wish to contribute. Those interested in attending should call the church office at 830-895-3589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
The menu will be catered by Acapulco, and there will be T-shirts for the event and a giant birthday cake, McKnight said.
The event has been planned by pastoral staff, including McKnight, worship pastor Toby Baxley, pastoral intern Michael Hawkins and youth pastor Heath Gregory.
Kerrville Bible Church is nondenominational, elder-led and governed, dispensational and non-charismatic, according to its pastor, and its salvation doctrine is Reformed.
“We preach that salvation is through grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone based on Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone … the five ‘solas’ of the Protestant Reformation,” McKnight said.
In 1976, several local families started a home Bible study and, by 1979, the group had grown large enough to become a church — Believer’s Fellowship — and appoint a full-time pastor.
Approximately 10 years later, the church changed its name to Kerrville Bible Church, but it’s unique in that it’s only had three pastors in 40 years, said McKnight, who’s been pastor for 19 years.
KBC stands out among Kerrville churches in a number of other ways, he noted.
First, most of the messages are verse-by-verse expositions of the Bible — one book at a time.
Also, said McKnight, it’s the only church remaining in Kerrville with the AWANA program, which includes about 70 kids from 3 to 11 years old. On Wednesday nights, the church also has youth ministry, AWANA, adult choir and Wednesday night meals, he said.
KBC has hosted many Bible conferences and concerts over the years, including speakers and performers such as Daniel Block, Bruce Ware, Donald Whitney, Steve and Anne Chapman, USS Indianapolis survivor Ed Harrell, the African Children’s Choir and Majesty from The Master’s University in California.
Other distinctive features include a school of theology held on Tuesday nights — McKnight noted that this fall will be the fourth and final semester finishing up a type of systematic theology called “Biblical Doctrine.”
And, perhaps most notably, KBC gives about 33 percent of its annual budget to missions and Christian ministries, ranging from as close as Kerrville to as far away as Beirut, Lebanon.
To join KBC, the church offers a required class, including interviews with pastors and elders, and stresses the importance of membership, McKnight added.
Each church member is assigned an elder as a shepherd and spiritual caregiver, so pastoral responsibilities are dispersed among many.
“Our elders, staff and lay, seek to visit our members periodically as part of (their) shepherding care,” McKnight said.
He noted that the church also hosts several home groups that meet at various times and places in the area to foster fellowship, prayer and application of the sermon — and over half the church is involved in these home groups.
“What makes us special?” McKnight asks. “We aren’t, but God is. Our Triune God is awesome beyond words. His Word is sufficient. His good news for sinners like us is what’s really special in our eyes. We gather each week to celebrate Him and to hear His word proclaimed and applied.”
McKnight noted that one of the best things about the church family at KBC is there are church members of all ages, from newborns to 95 years old.
He said he’s excited to meet — or get reacquainted with — all those planning to attend the 40th anniversary celebration at KBC, located on Harper Road.
“I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing the thankfulness to God for how he has used this church body in people’s lives,” he said. “It will have a ‘family reunion’ feel to it for sure. The food, fun and fellowship will be a blast.”