© Copyright 2016 Abundant Life Church Fellowship | 4401 Georgetown Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32210 | (904) 298-3448
Here at Abundant Life, we are a Bible believing church focused on finding God's answers for everyday life. You'll enjoy a causal atmosphere of modern worship music as well as practical and relevant Biblical teaching meant to help you deal with real life issues. Our desire is to help you connect with the personal hope and practical help that God can give us. We look forward to having you join us on Sundays at 10:25AM and 6PM or at our Wednesday evening Bible study beginning at 7PM!
Pastor Scott Becker, Senior Pastor
Pastor Scott Becker, Senior Pastor
Dina Mills graduated from Edward H. White High School in Jacksonville, FL and received her Associate in Science degree from Florida State College. Before coming to Abundant Life as the Church Administrator in 2006, she worked in the field of Laboratory Science as a Medical Technologist in the area of Microbiology. Dina also serves the church in various ministries, including Children's Church, as a teacher, and in the Finance Ministry.
Dina Mills, Church Administrator
Dina Mills, Church Administrator
Our Statement of Faith
Children’s Church Pastor
Crystal Miles graduated from Middleburg High School in 2003. She attended Belmont University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. After teaching music for 4 years, she felt called to teach kids about God. Crystal went back to school and attained an Associate’s Degree from Logos Bible College in Biblical Studies. Crystal has been serving at Abundant Life since 2005 and is currently serving as the Children’s Pastor. She is passionate about reaching the kids at ALCF with the love of God and encouraging them to pursue Him every day.
Crystal Miles, Children’s Church Pastor
In December of 2004, Pastor's wife, Gail, was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer that had spread to her liver and her lungs. Pastor Scott and Gail were blessed by God to be married for over 10 years and to have two wonderful sons, Jake and Seth, who were only 3 years old and 8 months old, respectively, at the time of diagnosis.
To the amazement of her physicians, God blessed Gail with life beyond the time limits that they had set for her. Four times our Pastor was told that Gail's journey was at an end, but God always showed Himself mighty and merciful, even to the doctor's own admission that it wasn't anything that their medicine was doing, it was something beyond their own understanding. We praise our God for showing Himself strong throughout Gail's Life. We are so thankful to everyone who has visited this site and prayed for Gail throughout her journey.
Gail and Pastor's Journal
12-23-2004 - Gail was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
1-17-2005 - We flew to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas today. While we were there the center ran new tests and found that the cancer has advanced since the previous tests that were done last month. This was not the news we were hoping for but we remain confident that God is in control of all things.
1-24-2005 - We returned to Jacksonville today.
2-2-2005 - Gail received her first chemo treatment at Baptist hospital today. It took almost five hours. We sat together and thanked God for His blessings. Gail showed no signs of side effects and is home resting.
2-4-2005 - We moved into our new house today. After celebrating 10 Christmas holidays as man and wife in our mobile home we are now in the home we have saved for, waited for and prayed for. We did not know we would be walking this path 9 months ago when we signed the contract to build this house but we thank God that He allowed us to move into our house together. Jake loves his "Spiderman bedroom", Seth is easy to please & Gail loves her new house. I love seeing my family happy! Thanks be to God for His many blessings.
2-8-2005 - Gail received her 2nd chemo treatment today. It was a tough day but God saw her through it.
2-14-2005 - Gail received her 3rd chemo treatment today. I am amazed by her strength and by her faith in God. Each week we sit in a room for five hours with different people and Gail tells everyone about her love for God and God's love for her. We are blessed to know God's love through the gift of His Son Jesus Christ.
2-19-2005 - Hillcrest Baptist Church held a benefit concert for Gail today. It was a great night of praise & worship featuring soloists Richard Velasco from Westside Baptist, Joanne Brooks from the Potter's House, Allison Adkison from Old Plank and Archie Jackson from Hillcrest. God's people came together and collected more than 11,000 dollars for Gail. We appreciate everyone who helped make this a special night. Gail was unable to attend because of her illness.
2-20-2005 - At 11:30 pm I took Gail to the ER at Baptist hospital. She was so weak I had to physically carry her into the ER. She is suffering from dehydration and infection. She is resting in Tower 506 at Baptist hospital now. This is the same room she was checked into 2 months ago to the day when we received her initial diagnoses.
2-24-2005 - Today was Gail's Benefit golf tournament at Mill Cove Golf Course. It was a great time for all and we appreciate everyone's help. Eleven thousand dollars seems to be the special number for us. Not to be out done by the concert, the tournament took in just over $11,000.00 - Special thanks to Mark Ellison and Samantha Green for putting it all together.
2-26-2005 - This has been a rough week for us. Gail has been very sick and is still in the hospital. Tuesday the 22nd was her 35th birthday. The doctor told us on Tuesday that he believed that this was the "end of Gail's journey, and we should be prepared to lose her very soon." She is still listed as day to day but she is doing better every day. Praise God for His mercy.
3-1-2005 - Gail had surgery today to remove an infected portacath. During the surgery she vomited several liters of fluid that had been backing up in her bowels due to an unknown obstruction. She aspirated (inhaled the fluid into her lungs) and the doctors have her in ICU monitoring her for pneumonia.
3-5-2005 - Gail had exploratory surgery today to find the obstruction in her bowels. The doctor repaired a hole in her small intestine and "untangled her bowels". He said this should fix her obstruction problem. She is recovering in the ICU.
3-9-2005 - God is a miracle worker. Gail stood up on her own today and walked out of her room and down the hall. Praise the Lord! She is still in ICU recovering from her surgery.
3-12-2005 - Gail was moved out of ICU today. She is still in the hospital but she is getting stronger every day. We hope to be discharged soon so we can go to Mexico this month.
3-17-2005 - Despite the doctors telling me to put in a do not resuscitate order ( I didn't), telling me we need to move her to hospice (I didn't), telling me this would be the end of her journey (it wasn't), after almost four weeks of being in the hospital ICU listed in critical day to day condition, Gail came home today. Praise God for His healing power! Thank you for praying for us and believing God with us.
3-18-2005 - What a great day. Mom is home. Gail spent the day getting and giving lots of hugs and kisses. We ate dinner together as a family. Gail fed Seth and put Jake to bed. We hope to go to Mexico soon. Pray for Gail to regain her strength so she can walk on her own.
3-22-2005 - After a month and a half of living in our new house with boxes everywhere we started putting our house together today. It was great to have Gail here to tell us where to put stuff. She is the best woman I have ever known and her faith in God makes me want to be a better Christian. We finalized our plans for Mexico today. We leave next Wednesday. Please pray for us. Thank you to all who have helped us make this happen. We love you and pray God's blessings in your lives.
3-31-2005 - We arrived in Mexico last night. The hospital and the people are great. We are surrounded by faith people and we know God is working in Gail's life. Please keep us in your prayers. We love you.
4-18-2005 - We came home today. It is great to be back in the USA. The twenty days in Mexico were wonderful. When we left three weeks ago Gail was very weak. As we traveled through the airport I had to push her in a wheel chair. When we arrived at the hospital she spent the first few days in the wheel chair but each day God blessed Gail to become stronger and stronger.The treatment went well. Within days she was walking on her own. While we were there we walked on the beach together, went shopping together & went on several sightseeing trips together. She is felling much better now.
4-21-2005 - Today Gail did something she hasn't done in four months. She drove her car. Not only was this the first time she has driven since her diagnoses but she went off by herself. She had some errands to run and wanted to feel "normal" again so she hopped in the car and took care of her business. Praise God for giving her strength.
4-24-2005 - Today was a great day for us as a family. All of the Becker's were in church on the Lord's Day. I have prayed that God would bring us back safely and allow us to stand in the house of the Lord together and He did.
4-28-2005 - Today is Seth's birthday. He is one year old. Gail and I went shopping today at the St John's Town Center. This was my first trip to the new mega mall. Gail on the other hand has been twice this week. What can I say? She loves shopping and she has totally re-mastered walking/driving/spending money. It is a blessing to see her doing fun things again. Praise God for His miraculous power!
4-29-2005 - This morining Gail got up and took Jake to school by herself. She went on his field trip to the Build a Bear factory. They made a stuffed bear from scratch. Jake named him Sonny Bear. I told her not to try and do too much but she said she didn't want to miss the chance to go on a field trip with her son.After ther field trip she came home and made us all supper. She is awesome! We thank God for increasing her strength.
6-9-2005 - Hello. I'm sorry for taking so long to bring this update. We just came back from a week long trip to Chambersburg, PA visiting Gail's family. Jake and Seth loved spending time with their cousins & we had a great time catching up with Gail's Grandma - aunts - uncles - and cousins. Gail's cough is getting worse but she is living life to the fullest. She is shopping - playing with the kids - serving God & taking care of the boys & me . Not necessarily in that order. Last month Gail shared her testimony at a mother daughter banquet & everywhere we go we meet people who are praying for us. The Body of Christ is great & our God is great!
7-25-2005 - God is healing Gail. Her blood count is normal and she feels great. She is doing everthing she use to do before she got sick. Her energy is back & she is eating everything in sight. God is awesome! Please pray that she can continue to gain weight.This page has been viewed 5,599 times. Write us and let us know how many of those times you think were you.
8-15-2005 - Gail is doing great! She is gaining weight and feeling stronger every day. Last week she had routine CT scans done to measure her tumors. The results came back this week - 25% - 50% shinkage. Praise God!
10-10- 2005 - Hey everybody don't fall off your chairs, yes its me Gail. I'm finally writing an E-Mail! I have been wanting for so long to do this but I'm not very computer literate and had to get my sweet hubby to show me how to get into this program to update stuff. I'm doing great.
Every two weeks I see my oncologist for my check up visit and he is continually amazed at my report. I feel totally normal and have more or at least as much energy as I have ever had. I have no ill feeling side effects from the chemo only a few skin conditions to deal with. Praise God!! My last cea level two weeks ago showed that the cancer has significantly reduced activity and is now at 10 down from 69 when I first started the chemo. Praise God He is awesome.
Although I'm not surprised, I know my God is a healing God. He is The Great Physician.I have been struggling lately with wanting to know what God's desire for my life is. What does He want me to do to greater impact the Kingdom? I know I'm only going through this season in my life to give God glory. And He showed me something that I feel like He wants me to share with you.
Hopefully you won't mind taking the extra time to read this, it might be just for you.We never deal with the finality of life. We live our lives thinking they will last forever and certainly to a degree we should. I don't believe God wants us to wake up each morning worried and petrified that some great tragedy is going to befall us and just what are we going to have to go through next. Obviously that's backed by scripture. God tells us not to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will have its own set of worries. But I do believe we should live our lives as a race. But not the race that we all seem to be caught up in. We end up a lot of times running a race pursuing our own goals. Caught up in our day-to-day lives.
But what could we actually accomplish if we lived our lives following after God as the "finish line" and not "just God " as we normally do. But striving for the perfect will of God to be accomplished in our lives. Close your eyes, well don't close your eyes because you wont be able to keep reading. Just for a minute let your mind get that picture in a picture window like our husbands (or wives) do when their favorite baseball team is playing, or our cooking show is on. Picture yourself all decked out in your running gear. You've got on the best running shoes (the shoes of peace). The best headband (the helmet of salvation). The cutest little running outfit, (I know guys that doesn't really mean anything to you but just work with me for a minute that's how girls think or at least me) and by the way girls you can look just as cute as you want to look in that outfit this is your T.V. show (He-He).
Back to business (breastplate of righteousness). A perfectly running stopwatch (the sword of he spirit). Your prepared. You've been so faithful through the years to serve God. You've been to a gazillion conferences. You've read lots of books had great quiet times, been changed by life impacting sermons. God has shown you what he can do through short one hundred meter dashes where we've pursued god unmercifully for a short period of time. He's built your faith; He's increased your knowledge. He's revealed truth to you. All to prepare you for the ultimate race. And the ultimate race is I believe one where something changes in our lives. Things begin to click in our minds and we realize we've GOT to do so much more.
My husband read a book not to long ago called "The Barbarian Way". You should read it. It was awesome. I know because He kept me awake at night for several days reading me half the book. (I didn't mind it was great). But we should all live as Barbarians in this Christian life. The Bible says we have the mind of Christ. God is dealing with me. Wanting me to sign the roster, to dig my heels down. To squint my eyes and see the tape at the finish line. Some times God gives us reality checks to bring us in line with what he wants from us. I have received my check in the mail overnight through Fed-Ex just in case you're wandering.
Sometimes God has to use desperate measures to get us back on track. To set our eyes on the mark that he has intended for us. I read 1 Corinthians 2:9 and for some reason (most assuredly God) He revealed something to me. The scripture says, " No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those that love Him". In the past I've always assumed this meant what things will be like in heaven. And I believe it does. But not just heaven. In this life we are living right now!
Just a minute imagine what God could accomplish through us if we lived totally sold out obedient to do His will............ Wow!!!! I don't know about you but my heart leaped and I was overcome with excitement when I thought about what God could use me to do. And you know what whatever you thought about and I thought about is only the tip of the iceberg.
Without reading the whole chapter you might at first think God has something prepared for me that I can't even imagine. But that's not true Take a minute to read 1 Corinthians 2. Paul is talking about the difference between saved people and unsaved people. Unsaved people can't understand spiritual things. But if we are truly saved we have the mind of Christ. God himself will reveal what he has in store for us. What goals He wants us to accomplish for his glory. How amazing is that!?! We can see things revealed before they actually come to pass. And if God is revealing these great and awesome things to us, there should be an excitement we've never had before.
Have you ever watched a horse race? Those horses are so excited their just waiting for the gun to explode so they can bust out of that starting gate with their legs stretching as far as they can go. You can see every muscle in their bodies rippling as they give everything they have to get to the finish line. Stretching their neck out to accomplish what their master has been training them to do. You've been training your whole Christian life to accomplish what God has in store for you.
Don't live this life for yourself and your own desires. I've often head people say and I've said myself, I'm not sure what God's will for my life is. It's frustrating, I know. But remember we have the mind of Christ. We can know what His will for our lives is!
However it won't come without pursuing God as hard as we can. "Like a deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after You". Man that's powerful. That should be our hearts desire. And if it is we can do great things through Christ.
Maybe your reading this and it doesn't make a lot of sense to you but something inside is saying you want this. You NEED God. You need meaning in your life and purpose. Please send me an E-Mail. I would love to tell you how you can experience the most abundant life you can imagine. Or maybe your like me, and you want to accomplish great things for God. Make a decision and follow along with me. As God leads me through the journey of a lifetime!
There is an old song by Steven Curtis Chapman ( I think) "This is the great adventure" Living the Christian life is a great adventure!! You got to choose to hunker down and make a decision to live a life for Christ that will have everlasting impact on the people around you and for eternity. We only get one life. There are no do-overs. We will never get the chance again to strive to bear the everlasting fruit God intended.
I encourage you, if God is sparking a desire in your heart to make changes, to accomplish things you can only now dream of. Don't wait one minute more. Pray earnestly to make God your number one priority. Don't just pray that once and forget about it. Ask God to let that be your heart continually. Strive closer to get to that big "THING" He has shown you or that he will show you once you begin to seek it. And reach for the stars!!! Well, that's all for now I hope it spoke to someone out there. I know it spoke to me. Keep checking back I'll be in touch again soon.
5-30-2006 - I am writing this update in response to the many requests I have received regarding Gail's condition. There have been several more surgeries and numerous hospital stays since my last update. In spite of all of that Gail is still going strong and loving God with all of her heart. She took the boys swimming over the holiday weekend and on her good days nothing slows her down.
6-29-2006 - Gail came home today after 17 long, hard days in the hospital. The doctor's office said, "she is a living miracle", and I agree. Thank you for your prayers. Her complications are many but our God is great and mighty in power & grace. She is still fighting the infection that they have been treating her for in the hospital. They sent her home so she could be with her family and sleep in her own bed. I am administering IV antibiotics three times daily, nebulizer treatments every 4 hours while awake & giving her oxygen around the clock. She is my hero and it is my joy to take care of her.Each day brings new challenges. Our faith is strong and we know our God is strong. Please continue to pray as we walk the path that God chooses for us to walk.Gail asked me to please tell everyone on this site that they can have a personal relationship with God. The Bible says in Romans 10:13 whosoever shall call upon the name of Lord shall be saved. If you are not saved please call on God to save you. We would love to talk to you about how you can have a relationship with the God who can give you peace and joy even in the midst of difficult times. E-mail us and tell us your story!
7-16-2006 - Praise the Lord, Glory to God, Bless His holy Name! This morning at 8:15 am God completely healed Gail and took her home to heaven. Thank you for your love and support. Gail was a champion until the end. She never stopped believing God for her miracle & now she is with the Lord. We love you & thank you for your support.
God bless you,
Pastor Scott & Gail Becker