HOW IT ALL STARTED
Antioch Community Church was established in 1999 by our Senior Pastor Jimmy Seibert, his wife Laura and a group of friends who shared the call for a missions-based church. Before the church was formed, this same group of people started a missionary training school, planted churches in Russia, Mongolia and Uzbekistan, and formed an international missions organization called Antioch Ministries International (AMI).
THE EARLY DAYS
In 1999, we held our first service at the Heart of Texas Fairgrounds, and the next year made our permanent home in an old HEB grocery store in one of Waco’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods. In an effort to transform the area, we started investing in the surrounding neighborhoods through building relationships and meeting local needs. It has been a joy to see lives transformed, families connected and this neighborhood become a place where the peace and love of God dwell.
Over the years, we have grown from one small service to several services for more than 3,500 people. Now tens of thousands of people have come to Christ and are meeting together both locally and around the world. Antioch Ministries International, the missions organization of the church, has more than 140 full-time workers around the world and we are part of a growing family of churches called the Antioch International Movement of Churches. While it’s not about the numbers, every number represents a person who has encountered God. Each church plant and ministry means more people are experiencing the love God and making His love known throughout the earth.
BUILDING OUR FAITH
In 2011, we broke ground on a new building as part of our campus expansion plan. The project took five years, but we were able to build it debt free. We celebrated our first service in the new auditorium on May 1, 2016. To us, it represents a new era in what God wants to do in and through our church, allowing us to better serve our city and train and send out more people to reach the nations.
Whether in Waco, around the U.S. or in the remote parts of the earth, our passion is to see the Church advance the Kingdom of God around the world through evangelism and discipleship. The vision doesn’t stop with planting churches. Our dream is for each of our church plants to become a church-planting movement that influences thousands of people. Our teams are dedicated to training nationals to reach their people and lead their own movements. As these movements grow, we believe the number of unengaged and unreached people groups will decrease and the name of Jesus will be glorified.