Pastor Erick & Sharon van Arneman

 

HISTORY:

Grace International Baptist Church (GIBC) is a congregation of believers in Jesus Christ who believe God’s Word is as relevant today as it was centuries ago. GIBC was birthed on June 7, 2009, in the home of founding Pastor B. Erick van Arneman, as a result of the vision of a few families for a church that was not only Bible centered but also grace oriented. On July 6, 2009, the church was established under the laws of Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, as Grace International Baptist Church. 

Not having a church building, GIBC congregants over the years have met in homes, in community centers, in hotel conference rooms, in the public library and have even joined together with affiliated churches for worship. The church recently welcomed its first assistant pastor, Denfield Jamaul Hastings, on July 5, 2020.

Today, with the challenges to in-person gatherings due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), GIBC church services are virtual-only. Whether you are a local resident, a visitor to the island or someone living abroad, you are welcome to worship with us from anywhere in the world. Follow us on Facebook at Grace International Baptist Church for the live stream of Sunday's sermon at 11:45 a.m. or on demand throughout the week.

SENIOR PASTOR:
Senior Pastor of Grace International Baptist Church, Pastor Erick van Arneman is an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He received his Master of Ministry degree from Bethany Theological Seminary, Dothan, Alabama, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education with a Minor in Elementary Education from Bluewater Bible College, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Pastor Erick has been in fulltime Christian ministry practically all of his adult life and has done extensive work, especially in the area of youth ministry. He has also had the opportunity to have lived and served as a missionary in Bonaire and in the US Virgin Islands.

Since June 10, 1989, Pastor Erick is married to St. Lucian born Sharon, his college sweetheart, and they have three children
 Joy-Ann, Jonathan and Jewel all young adults. Sharon holds a Master of Religious Education degree from Bethany Theological Seminary, Dothan, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Bluewater Bible College, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She is the author of God Answers Prayer Copyright © 2001 by Sharon van Arneman-Lucien and has a weekly column which runs in the Weekender supplement of St. Maarten’s main newspaper The Daily Herald. Click on our RESOURCES page to read her article for this week. 

Wife, mother, speaker, writer, Sharon is also an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


 

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