O U R S T O R Y
City Bible Church is a new church plant that began public worship gatherings in April 2018, but that's not where our story began.
The story began with prayer. We can't tell you who started praying or when they started (because there are too many to count and surely many that we don't know of), but over the last few years we have come to find out that many people were praying for a gospel-centered, English-speaking church to be planted in the heart of the Beirut.
Sensing God's call to start this church in Beirut, Marwan and Marci Aboul-Zelof moved to Dubai to partner with Redeemer Church of Dubai. After completing a church-planting residency and being affirmed by the elders of the church, the Aboul-Zelofs moved to Beirut in October 2016.
The Lord brought others to join in the work in the early days - some from within the country and some who came in from outside.
Our church began as a bible study in a living room. We met together for 10 months as we studied through Paul's letter to the Ephesians. As the group grew, we began to meet together on Sunday mornings to pray for the city, gospel ministry, and our church plant. At that time we also held "preview services" so that those interested in our church could come and see what we're all about. When our numbers grew, and it was getting tight to meet in a living room, we started looking for a new venue.
Early on Marwan knew he wanted the church to meet somewhere from Hamra to Gemmayze. In many ways this is the heart of Beirut -- central, accessible, and many English speakers. As we searched,
Gemmayze drew us in for several reasons. We love the life and spirit of the neighborhood. It is both
residential and yet also filled with local businesses. It is where many English speakers (both local and foreign) love to gather; and there is no Evangelical presence in the area. The perfect spot opened up to us immediately and we knew it was where the Lord was leading
We love to think back on how our church came to be, but are even more excited as we look to the future of our church and city!