Baptist Bible Church was started in 1949 by an American missionary, Pastor Frank Hooge, under the name Philippine Baptist Mission. The first services were held on Legarda Street, Manila. The church was encouraged to give to missions under a program called "Peso of the Month Club." This initiated the sending of preachers to start Baptist churches in Bicol, Pangasinan, and other places in the Philippines. As the church grew, the need for a bigger building led them to construct a new building in Sta. Mesa in 1953. Four years later the church moved again after completing construction on the present building located at Sociego St. in Sta. Mesa.
On August 4, 1965, Pastor Boyd Lyons and his family arrived in the Philippines. In 1966, Pastor Hooge resigned as pastor and returned to the United States. The following year Pastor Lyons became pastor of Baptist Bible Church. Pastor Lyons' strong commitment to missions led him to motivate the church in sending and supporting more local and foreign missionaries. As a result, Baptist Bible Church currently supports over 100 missionaries in the Philippines and abroad. In addition to missions, Baptist Bible Church is focused on reaching the communities around them through ministries such as Royal Christian Academy, Asia Baptist Bible College, and the Medical and Dental Clinic.
For over 66 years, Baptist Bible Church has been led by God's faithful hand as they proclaim the wonderful Gospel of God's grace in Manila and around the world.
Asia Baptist Bible College
In 1973, Pastor Boyd Lyons started Manila Baptist Bible College (now Asia Baptist Bible College) to train young men and women for the work of the Lord. As a ministry of Baptist Bible Church, it is focused on "Preparing God's People for God's Work." To this day, more than 600 students have graduated, some of which are currently serving as missionaries in foreign countries.
The medical and dental ministry offers free dental, medical, and laboratory services every month to the needy and the less privileged. Born out of the burden of Mrs. Donna Lyons, the medical and dental clinic is held once a month at Baptist Bible Church. The main objective of the medical ministry is to win people to the Lord Jesus Christ through medicine. Thousands of people have come to trust Christ as their Savior and two churches have been started as a result of this ministry.