The History of Grace Baptist Church
In the August of 1988, a small group of people from a dissolved independent Baptist church called Ronald E. Young to help organize another independent Baptist church to minister to Warren County, Georgia. Brother Young was serving as Assistant Pastor at a church in Belton, SC when he obeyed the call of God to Warrenton, Georgia. Upon his arrival, Grace Baptist Church was started and constituted in the same building as the previous independent Baptist church.
While Bro. Young was pastor at Grace Baptist Church, the church began several ministries and experienced great growth both numerically and spiritually under his leadership and with the Lord’s help. The church facilities were improved by the connecting of the main church building and the fellowship hall, remodeling the fellowship hall and the addition of a total of four Sunday School classrooms. All of the improvements were able to be done by the church without the acquisition of debt. The church remained and still remains debt free. While Bro. Young was pastor, great men of God preached many revivals and special services at Grace Baptist Church. Preachers include: Dr. Sammy Allen, Dr. Stinnett Ballew, Dr. Milford Biddle, Dr. Tony Hutson, Evangelist Ray Brown, Pastor Bobby Vangiller, Dr. Ronald Young and many others. The church was helped greatly through Bro. Young’s ministry and the preaching of these men of God.
In August of 1997, Brother Young accepted the call to pastor the Morning Star Baptist Church of Cleveland, NC. Bro. Ralph Hoffman, Pastor Young’s father-in-law, had been the previous pastor at Morning Star Baptist and upon his death, the church unanimously called Bro. Young to fulfill the role as pastor. Pastor Ronald E. Young is still loved, respected and appreciated by the congregation of Grace Baptist Church. Much of the ministry he started continues on today.
From August of 1997 until March of 1998, Grace Baptist Church carefully sought for the will of God concerning a pastor for Grace. For just over six months the church prayerfully considered a few candidates for pastor then agreed to extend a call to Pastor Bill South, who was the pastor of Calvary Baptist Temple in East Bernstadt, KY. Bro. South accepted the call of the church and the will of God and pastored it for sixteen years (Mar 1998 – Aug 2014) until being called to Pleasant View Baptist church.
In Oct 2014 the Lord knit our hearts to Bro Jesse Bowen (Pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Chipley Florida) and his wonderful family. After weeks of searching the Lords will, he accepted the call and became our current Pastor. In the short time since his arrival we have seen over 35 saved as the Lord continues to move and stir HIS nest. While blessed with a history of God Touched Pastors, we have grown as a congregation in our reliance and faith in our LORD JESUS CHRIST!
Since 1988 the church has seen growth both numerically, spiritually as well as in our facilities. The church added a new foyer, baptistery and choir loft as well as remodeled and extended the auditorium of the church. Vinyl siding was put around the exterior of the church building as well as river rock on the front of the building. Just this year we added a new metal roof and are rapidly outgrowing our auditorium and fellowship hall capacity. All good problems to experience as it indicates the Lords moving in our community. Pray as we endeavor to acquire a larger bus in our efforts in reaching the community through our Bus Ministry. Other ministries to reach the lost have been birthed in the prayer closet and will be brought to fruition as God sends in and sends forth laborers. The Lord has blessed Grace Baptist Church with laborers whom He has sent both to work in and through Grace Baptist Church.
In 2003, Brother Timothy Aguiar, son of Evangelist Dale Aguiar, joined Grace Baptist Church with the intention of being commissioned by Grace Baptist Church and becoming a missionary in Puebla, Mexico. After his arrival at Grace, Brother Timothy married the former Miss Dana Hinson (daughter of Evangelist Duane Hinson). Timothy and Dana now have a daughter (Bethany) and a son (Dale Timothy III). They left for Puebla, Mexico on January 2, 2010 to reach the people of Puebla, Mexico with the Gospel. They have arrived and moved into their new home and are doing well! Praise the Lord for safety and for meeting their needs as they have traveled and got settled in Puebla, Mexico! Check out their website at www.reachingmexico.com
In October of 2009, Bro. Jerry Fincannon and his family left Grace Baptist Church so that Bro. Fincannon could become the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Girard, Georgia. Bro. Fincannon was faithful in fulfilling the duties of Adult Sunday School teacher, Choir and Music Director for nearly 15 years as well as preaching monthly in the Warrenton Health and Rehabilitation Center . He is missed but we are thankful that God is using our church as a source to find servants to make up the hedge and stand in the gap in these last days.
The vision for the church is as bright as it has ever been. We have been blessed to have many great men of God preach, conduct revivals and special services at Grace. Some of them include: Evangelist Billy Parsons, Evangelist Joe Bryant, Missionary Allen Barker, Evangelist Stinnett Ballew, Pastor Alfred Willis, Evangelist Tony Howeth, Pastor Steve Goolesby, Evangelist Steve Epley, Evangelist Bobby Barnes, Pastor Steve Powers, Evangelist Darrell Weaver and others. The folks of Grace Baptist Church are thankful for what the Lord has done for them in the past and are equally excited about the future.
Won’t you come “grow” with us in our little Space of Grace!