This Sunday, April 15, Glasgow Baptist Church has the privilege to celebrate its 200th Birthday. Being founded just 19 years after Glasgow was established as a city, Glasgow Baptist Church still is located in its original location. While the buildings have changed and evolved over the years, the mission of the church remains the same today.
Glasgow Baptist Church was started in February of 1818. Rev. William Warder was the Moderator and William Logan, clerk. At the first meeting Elizabeth Gorin, Sally Bush, Susan Grinstead, and Elizabeth Richardson were received as members of Glasgow Baptist church by letters from their sending churches. Richard Garnett was set apart as a deacon in the church in addition to William Logan. On the second Saturday in April 1822, the Rev. Peter Bainbridge was elected pastor according to the history of the church.
Since that time there have been a total of 38 pastors at the church. In addition to the pastors, there has been countless number of other ministers and staff members who have guided the church in Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the 200 years of ministry, Glasgow Baptist has seen its share of ups and downs; however, it continues to press on. The church has been instrumental in the life of this community in many ways including planting First Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church. It is one of the founding churches who established Next Step, a ministry to help families get on their feet during difficult times. The members of the church have been faithful community members who have worked tirelessly over the years to improve this beautiful community.
Today Glasgow Baptist continues our commitment to glorifying God by proclaiming Jesus Christ to make disciples who serve their community and spread the gospel to the nations. We proclaim because we have been born again by the grace of God. We want to proclaim the Gospel in Glasgow and around the world. We disciple each other because the Gospel changes us from the inside out and we intentionally minister to produce Christian character. We serve because we have received grace and we want to graciously help those around us.
The church seeks to see people transformed into fully devoted followers of Christ. There are ministries in the church that help preschools and children begin to understand and know Christ. Students are encouraged as well as adults to know and grow in Christ. This is done not that the legacy of Glasgow Baptist can continue, but that the Gospel of Jesus Christ continues.
This Sunday we will joyfully gather at 10 a.m. to remember 200 years of God’s faithfulness at Glasgow Baptist. We will hear from pastor Dr. Billy Compton and celebrate the ministry at Glasgow Baptist. We ask that you join us in person and in prayer as we, not only remember the past but commit our future to proclaiming Jesus for the glory of God. Join us at 10 a.m. for our service as well as a meal following the service.