HISTORY OF AGAPE FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES
While living in Virginia during 1994-1997, the burden for ministry in the Stafford area weighed heavily upon my heart. I knew at that time I was being called to ministry in this area. Although it was not the season, the Lord eventually brought us back to fulfill His call.
For preparation, we were sent to Naples, Italy to begin Agape Fellowship in May 1998. When we arrived in Naples, we assisted ministries in the area. Recognizing this was not the will of the Lord; after prayer, fasting and discussing the vision, Agape Fellowship birthed. Its’ birth was in Naples, but it was conceived out of almost fifteen years of service to the people of God and countless hours of praying and seeking the face of God — and most importantly, “destiny.” We sought the Lord on behalf of the community in Naples, and the enormous need to have a place of worship for those who would soon become a part of the local community on the newly opened military housing installation.
Felicia and I returned to Stafford in May 1999, under the providence and mandate of the Lord, to fulfill the vision HE gave three years earlier. We already knew what the Lord had placed in our hearts; it was a matter of seeking Him for the timing, not the task.
In August 2000, we opened the doors of Agape Fellowship Ministries, Stafford, Va in Anne Moncure Elementary School. We continued ministry in the school for seven years until June 2007, where then began having service at 24 Perchwoord Dr., Fredericksburg, Va;
and in September 2007 we had our first service in our current location, 26 Perchwood Dr. Fredericksburg, Va.
The Lord has given us the vision for the Agape Worship Complex. It will consist of a place of worship with office spaces, classrooms, an educational facility, and a gymnasium facility that will house our Community Development Center. The vision for the Agape family will enable us to be directly involved in employing many in this community.
We plan to fulfill the vision through teaching and preaching the gospel of Christ. As the Lord increases our “family”, we look to expand the ministry in other areas. Currently, we are involved in the following ministries within our community: Juvenile, Adult Care Facility, and Food distribution with the Fredericksburg Food Bank. Also, we are involved with a juvenile diversion program in partnership with the 15th District of the Commonwealth of Virginia called PROJECT UPLIFT (Unified Prevention; Loving Intervention for Teens).
The mission of Agape Fellowship is “Winning the Community to Christ; One Family at a Time,” as found in St. John 15:13 and 21:15-18. In John 15:13, Jesus explains true love is laying down your life for someone else. And, in John 21:15-18, He asked Peter if he loved (agape) Him; Peter answered with the word “philo,” which is brotherly love. Jesus said, if he “loved” Him, feel His lambs. We are seeking to exemplify “Agape” and “feed” the people of the world with the Word of God! Our endeavor is to minister the Word and serve humanity. Our vision is not “new,” it is the same vision Christ died for— to do the will of the Father!