On March 5, 1985, ten adults and a few small children were present for that first meeting, held in the home of Pastors Walter and Cindy Hallam. With Pastor Hallam’s message called “The Name of Jesus”, this would serve as a landmark in the history of what would become one of the finest and most dynamic ministries called Abundant Life Christian Center.<
On the Sunday following that first meeting, the Church met in what used to be the Quality Inn of Texas City. Services were held there for about ten weeks until the Church outgrew the facility.
Who would have thought that a church could operate in a funeral home? In mid-July of 1985, the church moved from the hotel facilities and began holding services at its first LaMarque location in the old Emken-Linton Funeral Home. Although this was a fully-operational funeral home, this did not deter the people. Instead, viewing rooms were transformed into Sunday School classrooms. For ten months, Abundant Life occupied that funeral home and the congregation continued to grow.
With a congregation of approximately 125, the church moved into an 8,000 square foot space in the Food King Shopping Center. This facility was renovated and turned into a Place of Love and Healing and served as the house of God until they outgrew it just twelve short months later.
Easter Sunday, 1987, Abundant Life Christian Center dedicated its first building in LaMarque. The original building was 100 feet by 100 feet and seated approximately 450 people. Later, the church added an educational building, expanded the original sanctuary to double its capacity, and built The Family Life Center (gym).
Abundant Life Christian Center’s newest sanctuary is located on the same property as the Casey Street Church adjacent to the earlier building. The new sanctuary, a 75,398 square foot facility, presently seats 2,066 people with expansion capacity onto the mezzanine level for an additional 1,800 seats. Dedicated on July 31, 1994, this latest building serves a growing congregation of about 3,000.