Because we are one church in many locations around the DC metro area, we wanted to give all of our church family a chance to explore our church history and learn more about how God has led us through the years so we developed this virtual tour of our physical Walk of Faith. Lord willing, at some point in the future you will have a chance to visit our Walk of Faith in person at our Tysons Campus. In the meantime, we hope that this virtual tour will help you to feel more connected to the bigger picture of what God has done, is doing and anticipate what he will do in the future as we continue to rely on him to lead us.

There are currently six rocks on our Walk of Faith. You will notice that some of the pedestals on the Walk of Faith do not hold rocks — yet! These pedestals are reserved for future rocks of remembrance as the Lord continues to provide for us in the years to come.

As you move along this path, our prayer is that you will be encouraged by God’s faithfulness and grace and challenged to continue to trust him for great things.

Click on one of the rocks to view specific information and a brief video explaining the history and meaning behind that particular rock.

We recommend beginning the tour by clicking on the archway next to the words "Start Here".

Welcome to the Walk of Faith

The Old Testament records that at key times when God demonstrated his faithfulness to Israel, his people gathered rocks to form an altar of remembrance. As McLean Bible Church has grown over the last 50 years, we have followed suit with the Israelites and erected rocks of remembrance on our Walk of Faith at the Tysons Campus. Each rock serves as a vivid reminder of God’s faithfulness to MBC through the years.

Finding a New Church Home

We were told by real estate experts that we would never meet our objective of finding 25 acres in the Tysons Corner area. The agent for this property told us there were two bidders ahead of us and that there was no way a church could afford to buy this facility. In March of 1998 we signed the contract to purchase this 43 acre site, including a 232,000 sq. ft. building, located just west of Tysons Corner.

Fairfax County Approval

The chairwoman of the board of supervisors told us that there was no way we could get the six votes necessary to gain permission to build a church on this site. After a process of fourteen months of hearings, countless meetings with individual supervisors, and a church-wide letter writing campaign, all under-girded by twenty-four hour prayer vigils, the chairwoman proved to be right. We did not get the six votes -- we got all ten votes, including hers!

Matching Gift

The first phase of construction was estimated to cost more than $40 million. Building for Life I pledges totaled $12 million, leaving us far short of what we needed to complete the work, even with maximum financing from any bank. We seemed destined to have to sell the property and abandon our new campus project. In February 1999, we received a matching offer from an anonymous church family with no maximum limit, applying to contributions from 1998 through the end of 1999. The congregation responded with gifts of $13.1 million which was matched for a total of $26.2 million.

Total First Phase Dollars

Our Balls Hill Road property was listed for sale for $7.5 million. In April 1999, we received an offer of $10.5 million from a private school that also allowed us to rent back on weekends until our new facility was completed. This sale, coupled with the matching gift and pledges totaled more than $41 million in cash by the end of 2000. As a result, the first phase of the project was practically paid for upon completion.

Bank Financing

Pledges of $15 million from our Building for Life II Campaign still left us needing a temporary construction loan of $45 million and a mortgage of more than $32 million. Our then current bank told us they were unwilling to finance a project that expensive and that no other bank would consider it. Bank of America agreed to lend us that amount, which at that time constituted their largest church loan anywhere in the country.

Final Pledges

In mid-2006, $12 million remained unpledged to enable us to completely pay off the debt on this campus. We asked God to provide that amount by the end of 2006. Beginning in September, we challenged the congregation to pray and respond to God's leading. On December 1, the unpledged amount still stood at $8.5 million. On Christmas Day, we still needed $4.5 million. By God's grace, and through the generosity of His people, the entire $12 million was pledged by year end.

50 Years of Faithfulness

In 1961, five families came together with the shared dream of starting a church where the Bible would be taught in the Northern Virginia area. At our 50th anniversary celebration, McLean Bible Church celebrated a half a century of that dream coming to fruition. In its first 50 years, the Lord used the people of MBC to preach the Gospel to millions of people, to baptize thousands of believers, and to impact countless lives in our local communities. From five families meeting in a home to thousands gathering at multiple campuses around the city and around the world online, God has indeed used MBC to impact secular Washington with the message of Jesus Christ.

Empty Pedestals

There are several empty pedestals on our Walk of Faith. These are reserved for future rocks to commemorate God's loving kindness and faithfulness towards us as we continue to seek his will for our church. These empty pedestals are symbols of faith and hope that God will continue to do great and mighty things in and through us as we continue to stay humbly on our knees before his throne. When it is time to add a new rock to the path, we will update our virtual tour to reflect that addition.

Empty Pedestals

There are several empty pedestals on our Walk of Faith. These are reserved for future rocks to commemorate God's loving kindness and faithfulness towards us as we continue to seek his will for our church. These empty pedestals are symbols of faith and hope that God will continue to do great and mighty things in and through us as we continue to stay humbly on our knees before his throne. When it is time to add a new rock to the path, we will update our virtual tour to reflect that addition.

Empty Pedestals

There are several empty pedestals on our Walk of Faith. These are reserved for future rocks to commemorate God's loving kindness and faithfulness towards us as we continue to seek his will for our church. These empty pedestals are symbols of faith and hope that God will continue to do great and mighty things in and through us as we continue to stay humbly on our knees before his throne. When it is time to add a new rock to the path, we will update our virtual tour to reflect that addition.

"When your children ask their fathers in times to come, 'What do these rocks mean?' Then you shall tell them, 'The Lord God dried up the Waters of the Jordan just as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea… so that all peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, and that you may fear the Lord your God forever.'"

-Joshua 4:21 - 24

Dikeman

Honoring the Visionary Faith of

Gloria & Ted "Doc" Dikeman

Founding Members

Roundy

Honoring the Visionary Faith of

Mary & Will Roundy

Founding Members

Wright

Honoring the Visionary Faith of

Betty & Verne Wright

Founding Members

Hutchisson

Honoring the Visionary Faith of

Mary & Jim Hutchisson

Founding Members

Honoring the Visionary Faith of

Dorthy & Bob Woodburn

Founding Members

- McLean Bible Church -

Time Capsule

Sealed on our 50th Anniversary

to be opened March 2061