Get To Know ABC Personnel a Little More
Daiqing (Apollos) and Xiaofeng (Rose) grew up in China. Rose was trained as a nuclear engineer (B.S. & M.S.), and Daiqing was trained as a physicist (M.S. & Ph.D.). God snatched them both from atheism and destruction and embraced them in Christ through the loving arms of Christians in Texas. Now, they are happily sharing the grace of God as pastor and wife. As of 2017, they have been married thirty years. They have four wonderful daughters: one is a TAMY Aggie Graduate; one currently attends UT-Austin; one is a UNT Eagle, and one is a Wylie Bulldog. The house is rich in cultural diversity with unity in the love of Christ Jesus, and so is Abilene Bible Church!
Hello, I am Deborah, and I have been the Financial Secretary of ABC for 4 years and love it. I am 64 years young and have been married for almost 40 years to David Krause. We have one daughter, Ryann, and two grandchildren, Averi 12 and Allie 6. We moved from the Hill Country to Abilene 12 years ago -- yes, to be with our grandbabies. We have been members of Abilene Bible Church for 9 years and have made a new home here with friends and family. ABC is a great place to learn and worship our Almighty Lord -- the King of Kings, and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Shirley Anderson has been the pianist at Abilene Bible Church since January of 2015. She is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music. She has taught piano to hundreds of students in the Abilene area. Three times she has been selected Teacher of the Year by Abilene Music Teachers Association and was chosen Teacher of the Year for Texas Music Teachers Association in 1995. Mrs. Anderson recently retired from HSU after being their class piano instructor for 15 years. She is active in the community as an accompanist and regularly plays for Classical Chorus of Abilene and Abilene Chamber Singers. Shirley Anderson is married to Marcus Anderson. They have a daughter, April (Mrs. Bill) Darroch and two grandchildren, Hannah (15) and Samuel (12) who live in Arlington.
Calvin Best is married to Kimberly Ann Best. They have three children and three grandkids. Calvin is the volunteer web designer and manager for ABC. He also teaches Dual Credit American History and Psychology at Breckenridge High School along with Journalism & Web Media and Rocket Science & Spaceflight History. He is his school district's webmaster, primary photographer, and videoographer. Calvin has undergraduate and master's degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and was the founder of an aerospace magnet school in San Antonio that he directed for eight years. He worked as a consultant to NASA's Johnson Space Center in education and co-taught rocket/space science at MTU (on the Upper Peninsula) for eleven summers in their pre-engineering, college-prep program. Kim, for the last three years, worked as the Career Pathways and Transitions Navigator for Abilene ISD. She has three college degrees and has been a Gifted and Talented specialist for many years and was a reading teacher at Breckenridge Junior High for several years, and she returns to Breckenridge Junior High for the 2018-2019 school year where she will teach English. Kim also led Education in Action camps for twelve years during summers, focusing on the Houston/Galveston areas of Texas. Kim is also very active in and president of Abilene's Delta Kappa Gamma Chapter, Lambda Xi. Calvin and Kim love to work with their horses, listen to music, read, watch good movies, work on their old ranch house, spend time with their grandkids, and hang-out in the river behind their home. They live north of Fort Phantom Lake in the country.
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
II Corinthians 4:5
Doug has been the Music Director at Abilene Bible Church for the past six years. He studied vocal music two years at the University of Iowa (he has a rich baritone voice) before switching to business. He has spent thirty years in accounting. He earned a degree in business management from the University of Iowa and is a registered CPA with the Illinois Department of Regulation. Doug works full time as a CPA for private companies but also has interest in the community as well; for example, he is the current president of the Abilene-Emery Chapter of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. Last year he published an article, "Deliberating Financial Matters," in a professional journal. In the above picture, Doug and Crystal share a proud moment with their son, Gabriel, when he graduated from Bob Jones University with his accounting degree magna cum laude. He later graduated with an MBA, and he was also magna cum laude.
After serving in the military and having become a recent widower, Mike settled in Abilene where he met and married Carol Adams over 22 years ago. Together, they have raised and schooled nine children through private, charter, public, and home schools. Mike has been attending Abilene Bible Church (ABC) for over 25 years, off and on during his military life and all of his post-military life, while Carol has been attending since the early 70s when her family moved to Abilene. Over the years, Mike and Carol have served in various capacities at ABC but mostly in the children’s and music ministries. Currently, Mike is the Commander of the ABC AWANA Clubs ministry, is the Children’s Sunday School Superintendent, leads the music portion of the Children’s Sunday School, and is the Youth Director. Carol teaches Children’s Sunday School and leads in various positions in the ABC AWANA Clubs. Both participate in ABC's choir ensemble. Outside of church activities, Mike is employed full time with the City of Abilene, and Carol is a homemaker, home-schooling their last child through high school. Mike also attends the Saturday morning seminary-level class.
Being forced to attend church by my grandparents, on 11 April 1957, I made a choice to stay in with the grownups and hear their message about God. I figured children’s church was just a way of getting us kids out of the way for an hour or so.
Our pastor was preaching hellfire and brimstone. The last words I heard him say were “If you do not want to burn up in hell, you need to get up and run, not walk up front to be saved!" I ran down front, fell on my knees, and asked what I had to do be saved. The following Sunday I was dunked in a tank of water, beginning the first part of a young Christian life.
I wish I could tell you that I went off and was a little angel for the rest of my life. I can’t, so we will not go there. I’ll just say like everyone else that I did things I was ashamed of and let it go at that.
Moving ahead about 40 years, I did a stint in the U.S. Navy. With my all my old sins and some more added, I found God again in a little church called Mountain View Baptist. I think it was about the second or third time I went to the service. The pastor’s message was about salvation. Every word he said was like a hammer hitting a nail on the head, and I felt like the nail. He asked if anyone wanted to find his way back to Jesus and if so, to come forward, so I went. We prayed together, and I rededicated my life to serving Christ.
Two weeks later I was in a Bible study that focused on how God gives each believer a spiritual gift. Later, I asked how I could find my gift from God, especially since I already thought He had given me more than I deserved. I took the spiritual gift's workshop and test. The results were reviewed by the pastor and church board. They said I had a heart for those without the knowledge of Christ. The general conclusion was that If I studied hard, prayed, and studied some more, I just might be a person Christ could use. I became a paid evangelist (outreach pastor) for that church.
I still have a sinful nature but have a partner willing to overlook my shortcomings. He will lead, and I will follow. I invite you to come to Abilene Bible Church and to study God's Redemptive Plan of Restorative Grace and Purpose!
My name is Renee Fitch. I am originally from Kansas but moved around the United States most of my life until we arrived in Abilene, Texas, and that was twenty-two years ago! I have been married to my husband, Jerry, for thirty-four years. We have two kids: Josh, who is 30, and Sarah, who is 23. We have been a part of Abilene Bible Church for about four and a half years and are very thankful to God for leading us here!