About Us

Who We Are

We are a loving community of believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

At Abyssinian, we get real, specialize in compassion, love the marginalized, and embrace the movement of the Holy Spirit in our church and in our world. Experience what it means to follow Jesus Christ and be your truest self.

We believe the Holy Scriptures (i.e. the Bible) to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.

We believe the salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

We believe the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe the unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ.

We believe the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

Meet David and Debbie

David is the son of a pastor.  He has knowledge of more things about theology than most of us will ever know. David embraces the "way-finding" philosophy.
Experiencing real life as it occurs, in the inner city, provides him with a fresh perspective that life does not fit into neat dogmatic boxes. Living a life outside of a box has given David the humility, intellectual courage, and compassion that comes through in all of his sermons.

Debbie is the voice of faith set to music. She leads the choir that is so integral to our worship.  She mostly works behind the scenes with David and the choir so they can shine. However when she sings a solo you know God is in the house! The beauty and power of her voice will vibrate in your body and stir your soul.  
David and Debbie had the courage to strike out on a pilgrimage to the Congo.  They experienced the raw pain and the joys of people with nothing except each other.  It was like living in the time of the first Christians.  Real relationships created the fabric of life in the Congo and that is now the focus of our church.

Our Roots

Abyssinian started  in 1989, by Pastor David A. Williams Jr., as a small congregation on the campus of CSU, but soon outgrew the campus facilities and found its current home in 1998. We’ve been here ever since.

The name “Abyssinian” means “diversity of colors,” and comes from historical traditions found in northern Africa in the first century in the country of Ethiopia. In the first century Christian Africans from Ethiopia would return to Jerusalem to celebrate the holy days they were often met with ridicule and verbal abuse because of their different pigment and diverse skin color. The slang name “Abyssinia” was given to them to refer to the “people of many colors.” When the church was established, Pastor Williams, his wife Debbie, and a few community members knew this name would serve them well, and adopted the name Abyssinian.