About

Visiting an unfamiliar congregation can be intimidating. Let’s take away the mystery so you know exactly what to expect.


  First, Relax.
 You Are Among Friends. When you come through our doors, expect to be welcomed! We will meet you as you come in, extend a warm handshake and answer any immediate questions you may have (such as "Where is a class for my children?" or "Where can we sit?"). We are glad you chose to visit us and we think you'll be glad too!
  A Setting for Worship
Worship services are held past our large Lobby. There is plenty of room to fellowship and there are various reading materials around the perimeter.  Once in the auditorium sit anywhere you feel comfortable. Be sure to arrive early for best seating.  Before worship begins (9:00 am Morning Bible Study, 10:00 am Worship Service, and 6:00 pm Evening Service), there's a lot of "visiting" going on. That's because we are all part of a big, wonderful family! Many folks will talk to you and welcome you to our assembly. You are our honored guest!  And we will be glad to welcome you on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM for bible study.
  Tell Us About You
Worship services normally begin with a brief introduction and welcome. We will ask you to fill out our "Visitors Card". You will find them on the pew in front of you.  We use these cards as a means of communicating important things: prayer requests, updates on family members, Bible questions and visitor information. Yes, you are important to us!
  God’s Word
We regard the Bible as the inerrant (incapable of being wrong), inspired word of God! During our worship service, we will have a scripture reading. The scriptures represent the mind of the One who created the universe! We should give Him our respect! And the message from God's word is worthy of our attention. Listening to or following along in our own Bibles helps us focus our attention on the reading. You will also hear the words chosen in Spanish in preference to our spanish speaking members.
  Sing
Singing is a special opportunity to worship God. When we feel happy, we often sing! It's natural. It's no surprise then that God would want us to channel some of our worship through singing. If you want to follow along or don't know the words, just pick up a hymnal right in front of you. The song leader will give us the key and soon we are singing together. . . in harmony!. . .and we try to make it just as beautiful and joyful as we can! But what you won't hear are musical instruments. Frankly, we don't need them! But the reason we sing without instruments is not merely our preference. We want to worship God according to the New Testament pattern. And that pattern does not indicate that instrumental music was used or desired. Many visitors unfamiliar with "A Cappella" (an Italian term originally meaning “in the manner of the church” which has now come to popularly mean “without instrumental accompaniment”) music are deeply moved by this experience--it's all a part of God's plan! (cf. Eph. 5:19 Rom. 10:3)
  Pray
Prayer is our communication to God. While each Christian should pray often and in private, we, as a congregation, pray together. A man will walk to the front and speak a prayer. We all try to focus our attention on his words and make his prayer our own. We are commanded to pray for each other, so this prayer may include many specific names and circumstances. Prayer changes things!
   The Lord’s Supper

Each Sunday we follow the New Testament pattern by sharing the Lord's Supper. The unleavened bread and grape juice are each distributed throughout the assembly. The Lord's Supper or "communion" is a both solemn and joyful occasion. Jesus commanded that His followers observe this as a means to remember the price He paid for our sins. It is sad to think that Jesus had to suffer and die to redeem us. But it is wonderful to think that He loves each one of us that much! (cf. 1 Cor. 11:23-26)


  Preaching
 
Expect to hear a Bible-based sermon which will encourage faithful Christian living from our preacher, Barry Bryson, or one of our Elders. You may notice that Barry is not given special religious titles such as "pastor" or "reverend," nor does he  wear any special garments to set them apart from others. That's because all Christians are viewed by God as "priests."  (1 Peter 2:9).  If spanish is your prefered language, then before the sermon begins in the Auditorium, those who wish to can leave and go to our Education building where there will be a sermon for the Spanish prefered.
 
  Giving
 
Giving is a way of expressing our gratitude for God's blessings. Each Christian should cheerfully give to support the works which God has directed. However, you--our guest--are not expected to give. As the collection basket comes to you, please just pass it along. (cf. 1 Cor. 16:1-2)

  Invitation
 
A sermon usually concludes with an invitation to respond personally to the message. Our preacher or one of our elders will meet with everyone who responds and talk with them about their particular need. 
 

 Some Final Thoughts about Worship
 

The Manassas church of Christ seeks to worship God according to Christ's command: "in spirit and truth" (John 4:24). To worship God "in spirit" requires that we come to God with a humble attitude, understanding that our salvation in Christ is not by our own righteousness or works, but by God's grace (Ephesians 2:8,9). We humbly come to God to worship Him, and He lifts us up (James 4:10) with the understanding of His love for all men through His Son Jesus (John 3:16) and the anticipation of being in Christ's presence for all eternity! (I Thessalonians 4:17, 18). Worshipping God at the Manassas church of Christ is a humble celebration of the love we share in Christ and our anticipation of heaven!! Equally important is worshipping God "in truth."
 
The New Testament gives specific commands, shows positive examples or implications of how the church worshipped God during the period of inspired guidance--the first century. Rather than trusting man-made ideas on how we should worship God, we trust God's word, the Bible, to provide the pattern of how we should worship Him. Worshipping God this way is refreshingly simple and clear. There is no need for great ceremony or the slickness of a stage show. Together, we - pray (I Timothy 2:1) - sing songs that teach the truth and encourage Christian living (Colossians 3:16) - are reminded of God's will for our lives as we hear the preaching of God's word (Acts 10:42) - give to help others and support the many works of the church (II Corinthians 9:7) - "break bread," (Acts 20:7) by partaking of the bread and grape juice, simply called the Lord's Supper (I Corinthians 11:20).
 
Worshipping God in truth is truly a time of fellowship with God, His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit and God’s children, the church. Worshipping God in spirit and in truth is a time we look forward to! It's a time of learning, spiritual growth and encouragement. It’s a time of peace and personal reflection. It's a time for receiving God's love and mercy.
 

Isn't it time you were there?

FYI: There are emergency snacks in the office for those who need to maintain a certain blood sugar level.  We also keep gluten free communion wafers in the office for those who need them.

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SpecialNeedsCross 400On any given Sunday morning, when we look around our churches, we don’t often see youth and/or adults with special needs participating. Sensing that they do not “belong”, families of individuals with special needs either stay away from church or adapt by attending church services in shifts, causing them to remain on the “outside” and lessening their own experience of church life.
“Love one another. As Ihave loved you, so you must also love one another. By this will all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. “John 13:34
 
At the Manassas Church of Christ, we strive to provide a safe and positive environment for youth and adults with special needs to learn about God’s will and his love. Specialized curriculum, instruction, and accommodations are utilized to meet the needs of each individual. The lessons and activities are differentiated based on age and developmental need. The special needs ministry allows parents and caregivers to attend Bible classes and worship service, while their loved one is engaged and learning in a class designed for individuals with special needs.
 
Special needs youth and adults are...

  • People created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26)
    People whose days have been ordained by God (Psalms 139:16)
    People created with unique gifts, abifities and challenges (Psalms 139:13-15)

 If you have a Family member with Special Needs Come to Room 12 on Sunday during Classes.

Please join us at the Manassas Church of Christ and please bring all of God’s children!

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Paul Anderson

I was born in 1967 and raised in Idaho Falls, ID, where my dad served as a deacon and later as an elder in the church. 
 
I became a Christian when I was nine. 
 
Alison and I met at David Libscomb College, and we married in 1990. 
 
We have two teenage daughters, heather and Julie, who have been christians since 2009 and 2011, respectively. 
Alison and I have been active members in churches of Christ in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and now Virginia. 
 
From 2001-2010, I was privileged to serve as an adult and youth Bible class teacher and deacon at Rockledge Church of Christ in Florida. 
Our first introduction to the Manassas church was in 2006, when we moved here temporarily for one-year work assignment.  We relocated permanently to Virginia in 2010, and have served as a deacon here since April 2012.

Samuel L. Bates

   I was born in Palmyra, Virginia in September 1956. My dad was a deacon in the Baptist church, and my brothers and sisters and I were attending church for as long as I can remember. 
 
Venessa and I were introduced to the Church of Christ in 1980 when we moved to Raleigh, NC. I was baptized after studying with one of the ministers at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ in Raleigh, NC. 

     God has blessed me with the opportunity to serve at several different congregations. I served as a deacon at the Central Avenue Church of Christ in Fairborn, Ohio; as a deacon and elder at the Corder Road Church of Christ in Warner Robins, Georgia; as an elder at the Fairfax Church of Christ in Fairfax, Virginia; and I have served as an elder here at the Manassas Church of Christ since 2009. 

     Venessa and I have three sons and one grandson (Liam). Eugene, Nathan, and his wife Sarah live and work in the Northern Virginia area and are members of the Manassas Church of Christ. Emanuel is a very talented artist and musician currently living in Florida. 

     My hobbies include fishing, auto repair and music.

David Binkley

Look for an updated Biography Soon

William H. Booth

 I was born in Waycross, Georgia in 1951. I was raised in a home were attending church was not an optional activity. Rebecca and I were married in 1976 and I became a member of the Lord’s body in 1980. 

     We have three children: Ann Flower who is a member of the Manassas congregation along with her husband Jon.; William H. (Will) Booth Jr. who lives with his wife Ryan in Santa Fe, New Mexico where they worship at a small faithful congregation; Valerie who also is a member of the Manassas congregation.   

     Rebecca and I moved to the Manassas area with our children in 1995 and started attending the Manassas Church of Christ. I was served as a deacon from 1997-1999 and have served as an Elder for the congregation since 2000.

James David Button II

I was born in October 1944 to James David and Elizabeth Clementine Button in Hopewell, Virginia. I became a Christian in April 1956 in Hopewell. 

I have served as an elder at the Manassas Church of Christ since 2003. I have spent my entire professional career as a school teacher in the Manassas area, having started teaching in 1968, and having moved to Manassas in 1974. 

     I married Beverly Luz in 1973 in Springfield where our families attended the Springfield Church of Christ. We have two children, James David Button, III and Elizabeth Lee Button. 

My hobbies consist of reading with a special emphasis on the War Between the States, particularly the Army of Northern Virginia, and touring area Civil War Battlefields. I am also a volunteer at both the Manassas Museum and at Prince William Hospital.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:29 (NIV)

James E. Redic Jr.

I was born in San Antonio, TX in 1965 to James E, Redic, SR. and Evelyn F. redic.  My family tree is rooted in the Church of Christ for as long as I can remember. 
 
I was baptized into Christ in 1974 in Austin, Tx. 
 
I met my wife, Ameena, in high school in 1983.  Ameena was baptized in 1984 and I married by best friend in 1990 at the east Capital St. Church of Christ in Washington, DC. 
 
We moved to Manassas and placed membership at the Manassas Church of Christ in 1996. 
 
We are blessed with 4 children, Amber, Jonathan, Amani, and Alia.  we are currently members at the Manassas Church of Christ.  I served as a Fellowship Deacon from 2002 to 2007 and Benevolence from 2007 to 2013.

Robert Fancher

An updated Biography will be available soon.

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Willie Armstrong
Facilities Physical Plant

Reggie Barnes
Benevolence

John Brady
Facilities Physical Plant

Charles Fuller
Local Evangleism

Larry Houff
Facilities Physical Plant

Mel Hurley
Teens Ministry

Dale Langston
Finance Treasurer

Bill McCusker
Facilities Physical Plant

Dave Golden
Young Adults

Mike Woodfin
Facilities Physical Plant

Steve Bitgood
India Missions

Joel Barr

Other Foreign Missions

Don Osborn

Other Foreign Missions

CL Walker

Worship

Ray Compton

Worship

Travis Goodman

Greeting and Involvement

Don Osborn 18

Greeting and Involvement

Mike Mendez

Education

Jon Huddleston

Fellowship

Wheeler Howard

Teens Ministry

Karlton Dodson

Children's Ministries

Jon Fowler

Technical Systems

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Dr. Ronald Eugene Higginbotham  was born on August 16, 1939 in York Township, West Union, Illinois to  the late Hershel and Dorothy Higginbotham.  He passed away at his home in Bristow, VA on March 14, 2015 at 4:06 am at the age of 75. Ron attended Marshall High School in Marshall, IL.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Math from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and his Master’s degree in Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. As an engineer, Ron has had a vast array of experiences from undersea surveillance to the Apollo Spacecraft to computer technology within his career.  He started with Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, CT, in June of 1961 then onto United Aircraft Corporation in Farminton, CT working on inertial guidance and control systems. He taught undergraduate electrical engineering subjects at the University of CT from 1965-1968.  He provided design and analysis support to a NASA sponsored research project focused on the development of guidance and control systems.  He went on to Houston, TX in 1968 to TRW Systems Group and was a member of the Technical Staff.  He worked on the Lunar Module development, managed reaction control system propellant budgeting for the Apollo spacecraft, and managed   simulation development and performance analysis of the Skylab Control-Moment-Gyroscope and thrust attitude control systems. In December of 1972, he moved to TRW Systems Group in McLean, VA.   He was a member of the Technical Staff that provided systems engineering and integration guidance to Naval Electronics Systems on an undersea surveillance system project. In March of 1978, he worked for Floating Point Systems, Inc. in Riverdale, MD.  He was the Southeast Analyst that covered from the Mississippi River to the east coast, parts of Canada and Puerto Rico.  He provided engineering and integration support to customers for the company’s products.  Products were the classical array processor, a mini-supercomputer, and a supercomputer.  Applications included: (1) digital signal and image processing related to radar, sonar, speech, seismic, and telecommunications and (2) large scale engineering and scientific computing related to finite element analysis, computational chemistry, computational fluid dynamics and electronic circuit design. Beginning March 1988, Ron worked for General Electric Aerospace, Government Electronic Systems Division in Syracuse, NY.  He organized and managed a 50 member Signal Conditioning/Signal Processing Unit in the Submarine Systems Engineering Subsection.  He managed development of firm ware and hardware specifications for the Seawolf submarine combat system. April 1993 he worked for Martin Marietta Ocean, Radar, & Sensor Systems in Syracuse.  He was the Principal Systems Engineer and the systems engineering and integration of all seven major acoustic sensor subsystems for the Seawolf Submarine combat system. March 1995 Ron worked for Lockheed Martin Ocean, Radar, & Sensor Systems.  He was the Principal Systems Engineer and directed development of test requirement documents, test plans, and test procedures for the Seawolf Submarine combat control system.  He managed testing of the combat control system. (The combat control system initialized properly the first time it was powered up on the submarine and its performance was generally outstanding in its first sea trials.) February 1997 he worked for Lockheed Martin Federal Systems in Manassas, VA.  He was the Senior System Engineer.  Ron managed the integration and test project for the New Attack Submarine (NSSN Virginia Class). Then in July 1999, Ron worked at the Center for Enterprise Modernization (CEM).   He provided strategic planning, guidance and support to the IRS Business Systems Modernization Office.  Ron supported that group with establishing an independent quality assurance program and led the team that supported the development of risk management directive, process, and procedures.  Dr. Ronald Higginbotham taught classes at George Washington University and many courses within the companies that he worked for over the years. Dr. Higginbotham has been a life member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has been an elder in the Church of Christ in Liverpool, NY, Springfield, VA, and Manassas, VA. He enjoyed writing and teaching Bible classes, preaching, meeting people,  serving as a Scoutmaster, doing genealogy research and wildlife photography. Ron is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis Ann Quick Higginbotham.  They have two children; their son, Eric and his wife, Melinda of Cloverdale, CA and their daughter, Atresa Lyn Swalina of Coconut Creek, FL.  He has five grandchildren, Tyler and Greye Swalina of Florida, Allison Higginbotham and Kathryn and Nicholas Menzel of California. He is survived by one brother Robert Higginbotham and his wife Rosalee of West Union, IL He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. There will be a celebration of his life at The Manassas Church of Christ in Manassas, VA this summer. Date and time for service to be determined.  

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