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Mission Statement

First Advent Christian Church exists to love God, live the Word, and lift up others.

Our History

Our church started with a small group of fervent believers in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ who had moved to the Burke County area from Caldwell County’s Berea Advent Christian Church in Collettesville.

In 1897, six families came to Burke County from this church and founded Catawba Valley Advent Christian Church, located just off Highway 181 near where the current WMNC radio station currently stands.

In 1911, the Catawba Valley Advent Christian Church building was moved to a newly purchased lot located at 215 Erwin Street and was re-­erected there. The church’s name was changed to First Advent Christian Church. In 1938, this building was remodeled inside and rock-­veneered outside.

In 1963, the congregation erected a new brick church at 211 Lenoir Road to accommodate a marked growth in membership.

In 2009, the First Advent Christian Church family celebrated the dedication of our new multi-­purpose addition to our 211 Lenoir Road location. It serves as an extension to our Christian Education ministry as a new Fellowship Hall, as a gymnasium for our youth, and as a facility for various community outreach events.

History is made each day as all of us at FACC seek to live the abundant life that only God can give through Christ, and to share with others our love and joy as followers of Him.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should I wear?
    “… People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7 Just as the Lord looks at the heart and not at the outward appearance, we at FACC are not concerned about your clothing, we are just delighted that you choose to worship with us.
  • What takes place during the small group time at 10:00 AM?
    We have age-­graded groups available for all ages, infant through senior adults.
  • Where do my children go during the worship service?
    A nursery is available for infants through age 2 for all services. Children’s church is offered for preschoolers and elementary age children.
  • How does a typical worship service look?
    Our music is a blend of contemporary praise and worship songs as well as hymns. Currently, our congregation, praise team, and individual soloists participate in praise and worship. A weekly message is provided based on sound, biblical teaching.

Our Pastors



Patrick Bradshaw

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Youth Ministry

Sylvia Mahon


Children's Ministry

Angela Bradshaw

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