Our History

In 1866 a little chapel was built near the present intersection of Lacey Road and Highway 530 “for the woodsmen who live in dense forests” and was named the Gibersonville Methodist Episcopal Church. Realizing that Whiting was to become one of the State’s most important railroad junctions, the Presbyterians built a chapel right in town in 1874. Later, when some of the membership of the Presbyterian Church began to move from this area, the chapel was sold to the Methodist congregation and they moved into the building in 1904. This small chapel is where some of our members and their families worshiped for many years.

About 1870 there was a one-room schoolhouse constructed in Whiting, known as the Franklin School House. A second room was added about 1909 and during the depression years a lunch room was added in the rear of the building. After a new school was built in 1954, the church bought the building from the board of Education (1960) to be used for the Sunday School. This building is still in use today, having been renovated in 2017 to include a new heating and air conditioning system.

Due to problems with the Methodist Conference over doctrinal issues stemming from its departure from Scriptural and traditional truth, the entire membership withdrew from what by then was named the St. John’s Methodist Church.

The Whiting Church was begun and chartered in 1964, meeting in Town Hall. After a period of trusting, testing and waiting, the Church and Sunday School buildings were purchased back from the Methodist Conference by the end of the year. With the Rev. William Raws as Acting Pastor, the Whiting Church was dedicated in the Chapel with just over a dozen charter members on February 28, 1965.

The new sanctuary was built and dedicated in 1973. The name of the church was changed to Whiting Bible Church (1977) to give a definite evangelical and fundamental significance to the name.

With continued growth the need for more Sunday School space, a new fellowship/Sunday School wing was built and dedicated in 1992/1993.

Through the years, God has set before us an open door and we welcome people from all types of backgrounds to attend our services. Our task is the same as it was in our beginning… that is: to make disciples for Jesus Christ and to serve God by serving the needs of others.

Starting Sunday, June 13th, we will hold a video series in the Fellowship Hall for 10 weeks at starting at 9:30 am. The series will be on ‘CRISIS’. We will ask you to sign up for the class to make sure we have enough room. The outline for the series is below.

CRISIS SERIES

RULE 1: REALIZE THAT GOD MEANS FOR YOU TO BE WHERE YOU ARE
Peter writes “Don’t be surprised at the fiery ordeal that comes to you.” Trials, troubles, and crisis many times surprise us, even anger us. Learn what it means to see God in “all” things.

RULE 2: BE MORE CONCERNED FOR GOD’S GLORY THAN YOUR RELIEF
Most of the time our cry is “God, get me out of this mess!!” Robert Morgan helps us to see that God’s glory is much more important than our immediate rescue.

RULE 3: ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR ENEMY, BUT KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE LORD
Satan is often given more credit than he is due. He is a “roaring lion” seeking to devour us, but our eyes need to be focused on the One who is our refuge, strength, and deliverer.

RULE 4: PRAY!!
Prayer, our main source of strength and wisdom, can often be the last thing we think of when faced with crisis. Prayer keeps us centered, focused, and near to God. Listen close to this one.

RULE 5: STAY CALM AND CONFIDENT, GIVE GOD TIME TO WORK
“Those that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength”, but we don’t’ want to wait when difficulty comes. Learn how to avoid PANIC MODE and be productive while we wait on God.

RULE 6: WHEN UNSURE, JUST TAKE THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP BY FAITH
Crisis can often paralyze us! We become clouded with uncertainty and don’t know what to do. Sometimes simply taking the next logical step is the best answer. God can direct as we move.

RULE 7: ENVISION GOD’S ENVELOPING PRESENCE
Discover what it means to embrace the grace of God. Robert Morgan gives us insight on how God’s presence can sustain us in the midst of difficulties.

RULE 8: TRUST GOD TO DELIVER IN HIS OWN UNIQUE WAY
“God moves in mysterious ways.” We have often heard that phrase. Do we believe it? This challenging lesson shows us that God may not deliver how or when we expect. In fact, His deliverance may be painful.

RULE 9: VIEW YOUR CRISIS AS A FAITH BUILDER FOR THE FUTURE
Learn that faith, like a muscle, grows with exercise. It may be hard, almost exhausting, when our faith is stretched. Find how God will use your faith to help others as you grow stronger.

RULE 10: DON’T FORGET TO PRAISE HIM!
Crisis leads us to PRAISE! Ouch! Praise can be difficult in the midst of trouble. This letter from James says to “Count it all JOY” when we face trials. Hear the testimonies of praise and listen as Robert Morgan coaches us to do the same.