Beginning on the UNC campus, a group of college students and professors began meeting in Gerrard Hall to study the Bible. Thus began the ministry of Chapel Hill Bible Church.
The Year of Jubilee
Celebrating 50 Years
The Year of Jubilee is a joyful celebration designed to be a reminder of the goodness of God.
In the Old Testament, the Israelites observed this year of rest every 50th year, during which slaves were to be set free, alienated property restored to former owners, and lands left untilled (Leviticus 25).
In the New Testament, we see the ultimate fulfillment of the spirit of this celebration in Jesus Christ as we find our rest and freedom through Him; the debt of our sin has been forgiven, cancelled, and we've been set free.
The 50th year of life and mission of the Chapel Hill Bible Church began on Friday, November 1, 2019. Praise God as we celebrate 50 years by God's grace in Chapel Hill.
50 Years of God's Grace at the Bible Church
Explore four themes God has used consistently over 50 years of ministry to transform lives
50th Anniversary Commemorative Book
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Chapel Hill Bible Church, we're excited to provide a commemorative photo book documenting the story of God's grace here at CHBC over its five decades.
Throughout the 100 pages of this commemorative book, you'll be able to follow the timeline of over 50 years through special people, places, ministries, and events that have taken place within our church.
A digital version will be available below starting on Sunday, November 7, 2021.
SPECIAL ORDER A HARDCOVER BOOK
If you wish to own a hardcover of this book, place your order for a hardcover, full color copy for $35/each by November 30. Estimated delivery be end of December. LEARN MORE >
A Digital Version of the 50th Anniversary Book
Grace Upon Grace: Fifty Years of God’s Provision, Presence, and Promises at the Chapel Hill Bible Church
The songs Chip Stam taught us are still in our hearts and we sing them together. Thank you for sharing memories in song. We were at the CHBC starting 1972 and were graciously supported all our years as the CHBC missionaries in Taiwan until 2015. We will be always grateful for you and your ministry in our lives!!
Mike & Jeannie Wilhoit
When the fertility specialist told Jeannie and me that we were going to have quintuplets, I took some Xanax and called our Pastor Jim Abramson to set up a meeting. I then called Jeannie's OB Dr. John Thorp. Thorp said all we had to do is get to 28 weeks. Abrahamson prayed with us and told us that Chapel Hill Bible Church would walk with us. Jeannie made it to 28 weeks and 1 day giving birth to Noah, Ben, Mia, Zach and Chloe on April 28, 1999. Chloe was stillborn and did not make it. The boys all weighted 2.5 pounds while Mia rocked the scales at 1.75 pounds. When our babies came home from UNC Memorial Hospital to our 800 square foot apartment in UNC's Married Student Housing, 80 Bible Church members volunteered two hours each week to help us. Jennifer Steele organized everything. Shirl Pedersen along with Bob & Jane Wiegers plus a whole gaggle of Chapel Hill Bible Church members walked us through that first year of life with Noah, Ben, Mia & Zach. Church members even found us free formula and diapers! We would have been dead or divorced without all ya'all. We live in Kansas City now and remain forever grateful to CHBC! The kids are now 20. Ben is at St. Louis Univ studying medicine. Zach is involved in a carpentry internship and works as a whitewater raft guide at Noah's Ark in Bueno Vista, CO. Mia is on a Track Scholarship at Baker University and Noah is studying architecture at Kansas State University. Words cannot express how grateful we are to you, CHBC. You showed us the love of Jesus at a fragile time and helped us laugh our way through it.
I give thanks to God for the profound and life-changing impact the Bible Church had in my life. I had the privilege of being involved in the music ministry including helping direct the choir after Chip left in 1982. As everyone did, I benefited from Jim's wisdom and teaching. Randy's insightful counseling helped lay down a solid foundation for my marriage of 37 years. And I got to fine-tune my janitorial skills as one of the sextons living in the basement my last year in Chapel Hill! Most of all, I praise God for that spiritual family called the Chapel Hill Bible Church that "raised" me and prepared me for life. Thank you Jim, Randy, Chip (in heaven), and all my friends from those days gone by in Chapel Hill.
I first began going to CHBC in college in 2010, something that has consistently been significant for me is seeing how generationally and ethnically diverse the church is, and how it has still managed to feel like a big family. I never felt like I was attending an event, but rather a family gathering.
I moved to Chapel Hill in 1979 as a new Christian and after being raised in the Catholic Church, wanted a different faith home. I looked up non-denominational in the yellow pages and attended The Bible Church the first Sunday. Eventually, my mother came to visit and was a bit concerned about this church of mine when she didn't see any stained glass or statues. Finally, at the end of the sermon, the overheard projector screen went up and she saw the cross! I couldn't have asked for a better home to grow my faith for those first five years!
After I graduated from UNC and the following 2 years, I was attending a local church. I realized that this meeting was not preaching the Word of God to this young believer, saved my freshman year. I had visited CHBC several times, so prayed and decided to attend this fellowship for a month and see where God would have me worship. 20 minutes after I sat in Gerard Hall, I KNEW that this is where I was meant to be. Later on, I met my fiancée in a small group and we were married there 2 years later. To God be the glory. PS, it was fun living 4 houses down from the Abrahamson's, babysitting and developing our friendship as well.
We joined CHBC in 1971. Peter was a professor at UNC from 1969 to 2011. We enjoyed the fellowship and support of CHBC while we raised our family of two bio children and 13 adopted children. The support of the CHBC family was invaluable during those years. We have so many wonderful memories of those years-- memories of friends and the faithfulness of God.
One of the richest joys of our life at CHBC has been to facilitate worship and to be lifted to the Throne of Grace on the voice of His People.
So fun seeing everyone! And really makes me miss home! It’s been my home church since 1992 and as a mission partner my sending church since 2012. 😊