Our Story

No matter what, God is on your side and you belong here.

1977

ALFC holds its first Sunday morning service at Sunset Hall, a railroad union hall. “It was $150 a month to rent the building. It was a gigantic commitment for us and the people with us; but we did it and God provided.”

– Charles Nieman

1977

ALFC relocated to 2019 East Missouri and increases in size as more people attend. “This was one of the most exciting times in our history because we really started learning what church was.”

– Rochelle Nieman

1982

ALFC launches an ambitious new plan to build a sanctuary located in east El Paso. “People thought we were crazy buying 43 acres of land in the middle of nothing without the money to pay for it, but God had a plan.”

– Rochelle Nieman

1982

“We started a radio program and we were teaching the message of abundant life. People started hearing and began showing up at church.”

– Charles Nieman

1982

“I will never forget our church growth campaign ‘4000 in 82’. We were busting at the seams, having 3 services on Sundays, 2 on Tuesdays. People kept coming and we kept growing!”

– Shannon Nieman

1982

Construction began on a new 1700 seat sanctuary, more than double the size of the East Missouri location. “The odds were against us, many doubted us; but when the foundation was poured and the walls went up, we knew our God had made a way.”

– Charles & Rochelle Nieman

1983

“We used our faith for everything. We fought to see people’s lives change and believed that if we taught them how to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give, it would happen.”

– Charles Nieman

1984

“We were determined to raise our kids to know and love God the same way we did. This happened at church. They’ve been with us every step of the way.”

– Rochelle Nieman

1984

Pastors Charles and Rochelle sharing the Word in the completed new sanctuary.

1984

The completed 1700 seat auditorium.

1984

Construction begins on the building that would become home to Faith Christian Academy. “We started a school when Shannon was going into kindergarten because we were determined to raise our kids in an atmosphere that agreed with what we believed.”

1995

Since its inception in 1995, ALFC’s outreach program Christmas is for Kids has given over 80,000 toys to underprivileged children in the El Paso area. “One of my favorite times of the year! The generosity of our church brings so much joy to hurting people.”

– Charles Nieman

1996

ALFC adds a brand new Activities Center. “I loved basketball and played in the new Activities Center my senior year. We won the state championship that year, and many more have followed. Such great memories!”

– Jared Nieman

2002

ALFC celebrates its 25th Anniversary. The “Arise and Build” program is introduced. “This was the beginning of one of the greatest miracles in our church history!”

– Charles and Rochelle Nieman

2002

Breaking ground on our new state-of-the-art church facility. “Once again, we faced a fight. We were told this building would be too expensive and we didn’t have enough money to complete it; but as always, God was on our side and provided.”

– Rochelle Nieman

2007

ALFC takes possession of its new church home. “Sacrifice and Faith – that’s what built this incredible building! Thousands of people came together to make it happen. This was truly one of the greatest days of our lives!”

– Charles and Rochelle Nieman

2011

With increasing growth, we realized that the only way to reach more people is to add more services. And, so we did! On this day, we proudly added a third Sunday service at 12:30pm. “The vision continues. Lives are changing. Every week, we continue to grow!”

– Charles and Rochelle Nieman

2012

Pastor Rochelle had a heart for making people feel at home and welcome. Her commitment to ministry was driven by her belief that every man and woman, and every child, regardless of circumstance, must know that there is a God who loves them unconditionally and who wants them to live the life He has for them.

Rochelle passed away on December 30, 2012. Her legacy lives on.

2015

The Lord opened the door for us to purchase 11 acres of land directly across from the Outlet Mall on the Westside of El Paso so we can open another campus and reach more people! The Westside campus is strategically located to help us reach both ends of our city and everything in between. The message that “God is on your side” will echo across this region like never before.

– Charles Nieman