BRIEF HISTORY OF BERGEN BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Bergen Bible Baptist Church started in the latter part of 1987 as a home Bible study group attended by about six families at the residence of Bro. Cenon Ignacio in Teaneck, New Jersey. The group was led by Pastor Max Mendoza under the ministry of Bible Church International, and then pastored by Rev. Romeo Manansala, a church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
From bi-weekly home Bible studies, the group held its first formal worship service in January 3, 1988 at Tilden Avenue, Teaneck, New Jersey, where twenty five charter members voted to organize a church to be named BERGEN BIBLE CHURCH and called Pastor Max to be the pastor. "ALWAYS ON FIRE FOR THE LORD was the motto adopted. Its Constitution and By-Laws was approved in April 7, 1988 and registered with the State of New Jersey as a religious, non-profit organization.
A year after, the church decided to continue as a ministry independent from the Southern Baptist Convention. Growing in number, the church decided to rent the facilities of the Reformed Church of Teaneck and the Reformed Church of Bogota for the afternoon services and Day's Inn Hotel for the morning worship services after we outgrew the place at #7 Chopin Court, Jersey City.
In August 6, 1991, the church unanimously adopted a new name, BERGEN BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH.
We have seen God's mighty hand graciously providing the needs of the church. In 1995, God blessed us with a property in 364 Garibaldi Lodi, New Jersey where the church stands at the present time. In 1999, God added more blessings by providing us the adjacent corner lot. His provision did not stop when in 2004, He also allowed us to acquire the next-door property which, at present time, is used as a parsonage. All those years, we have seen God's financial provision.
In 2005, the church called Pastor Samuel Manalo to be its Assistant Pastor. We are truly grateful Pastor Abel Manalo came in 2010 and was ordained as our Outreach and Music Minister.
God has favorably provided deacons in our church namely Bro. Glenn Castillo, Bro. Bobby Bernal, Bro. Ezer Norella and Bro. Robert Miguel, who are faithfully serving up to this present time. A need for additional deacon for year 2012 came up so Bro. Henry SingBenco was ordained on February 11, 2012. We also want to thank God for giving us dedicated members who are willing to serve Him as our church officers all these years.
The Pastor's heart has always been for missions. From supporting two missionaries and one Bible student during its first year of church ministry, our goal to support 100 missionaries was attained this year as members carried on the vision to co-labor in sharing God's message of salvation to this troubled world. Members of Bergen Bible Baptist Church have faithfully prayed, provided goods, and financially supported mission works around the world.
Decades later, Bergen Bible Baptist Church still stands true to its commitment in sharing the gospel to the world. After 25 years, our light still shines brightly by the grace of God.
It is the Pastor's utmost prayer that all the members of Bergen Bible Baptist Church will be die-hard soul winners, faithful followers of Christ and humble servants of the Almighty God. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!