In 1996, in a backyard with 5 people a Bible study was started by Mark Hewitt and Love and Care Ministries. Those 5 people were eager to learn about Jesus Christ. After 6 months of faithfully attending and faithfully inviting people to come, this little Bible study grew to 30 people.

In 1997 with the assistance of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, a church was formed called The Mission. Mark Hewitt pastored the church until in April of 2003 Chad Mitchell became the pastor. The Mission continued to grow and grow. In fact, the church grew so much that the sanctuary was filled to capacity. As a result of God's blessing, The Mission acquired a new building which was generously given by the Shelton Foundation in November of 2004. The new building allowed the church to add even more classes, ministries, and outreaches as people began to step up in leadership and service.

As the church began to thrive and flourish God began to lead us to toward independence, and a sure commitment to the vision God had given the church leadership. On January 1, 2007, "The Mission" officially became "Mission Abilene," an independent, self-supporting church, separate from Love & Care Ministries, solely dependent on the tithes and offerings of its members and contributors.

Today, Mission Abilene still resides at 3001 N. 3rd Street (corner of Nth 3rd & Mockingbird Streets) in Abilene, Texas. Our growth has been consistent over the years as Christ prompts even the newer members to reach out to others. We have partnered with others groups in our community, hosted events and reached out to serve the city of Abilene and surrounding area in numerous ways, including Stop the Violence, Before I Die, several women’s and teen girls’ events, the Mary Bowdon Community Garden, Recovery Masters, and other benevolent community benefits. And within the church building, we have grown so much that we added a video simulcast in the large recovery room to help hold the overflow of people in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. We have also added a new evening service called All Access that includes music and interactive worship as

people share their stories and faith. The movement of God’s spirit in this place is incredible. More and more people are reaching out on their own throughout the week in unique ways to live out the Word that is spoken on Sunday in their everyday lives and work.

Though our community gathering space has changed over the years, our message has not changed since the very first time five people met in that back yard. As you walk into the church you are welcomed with a sign that says "A CHURCH OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE." No matter where you've come from or what you've been through, you are welcome at Mission Abilene. Our prayer is that you experience God's presence so profoundly that you truly "COME AS YOU ARE, AND LEAVE DIFFERENT." 


10:45 am.

Sunday Life Groups & Bible Study
9:45 am

12-step Recovery Meeting
9:30 am

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