McLean Bible Church

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McLean Bible Church (MBC)
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MBC's Logo
Country United States
Denomination Non-denominational
Website www.mcleanbible.org
Clergy
Senior pastor(s) Lon Solomon
Pastor(s) Eric Saunders
(Arlington Interim Campus Pastor)
Jim Supp
(Loudoun Campus Pastor)
Mike Kelsey
(Montgomery County Campus Pastor)
Mark Davis
(Prince William Campus Pastor)
Joe Henriques
(Tysons Campus Pastor)

McLean Bible Church is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian megachurch with several locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Lon Solomon, a Jewish convert to Christianity, has been MBC's senior pastor since 1980. Solomon also serves on the board of directors of Jews for Jesus and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Committee for Intellectual Disabilities. An average of 13,000 adults attend each weekend at the church’s several campuses.[1] The Church's current locations are in Arlington, Montgomery County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and Tyson's Corner.[2]

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

McLean Bible Church was founded in 1961 by five families in Northern Virginia. Its first service was held on Easter Sunday at Chesterbook Elementary School in McLean with Pastor J. Albert Ford.

Pastor Lon Solomon[edit]

Senior Pastor Lon Solomon was born and raised in a Jewish home in Portsmouth, Virginia, before converting to Christianity in the spring of 1971. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.S. in Chemistry (1971). He then completed a Th.M. degree in Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary (1975, summa cum laude). He completed graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, receiving a master's degree in Near Eastern Studies in 1979.

Solomon taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary from 1975 to 1980. In 1980, he became the senior pastor at McLean Bible Church. Solomon has been on the board of Jews for Jesus since 1987, where he now serves as chairman of the board's executive committee.

In September 2002, Solomon was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in his administration as a member of the President's Committee on Intellectual Disabilities. He received a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. Solomon is the author of the books Brokenness: How God Redeems Pain and Suffering and The 23rd Psalm for the 21st Century.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lillian Kwon, “Multi-Site Church: Risky but Worth It”, The Christian Post, February 6, 2007.
  2. ^ "McLean Bible Church". McLean Bible Church. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 

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