Grace Point Baptist Church
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:1

Our early days proved to be an exciting time filled with faith, hope and love for the body of believers that later became Grace Point Baptist Church. God, in His awesome power, did many great works for us and through us during our first year. On February 12th, 2006 Brother Rodney Bowling led our first Bible study in the Crump’s garage. Despite the ice and record cold of 9 degrees that morning, 64 people attended this study. Two days later, Steve Edmonson and Brother Rodney arranged for our body of believers to meet each week indefinitely in the Cotaco Volunteer Fire Department. We will forever be grateful for this blessing that God provided for us through the generosity of the members of the fire department.

On February 23rd, 2006 our first Men’s Meeting was held and during this meeting many voiced their intentions to establish a church. Our members voted on several issues that were crucial to our early formation and long-term sustainability in the following months. They also began several ministries including the Men’s Group, the Ladies’ Ministry, Children and Youth programs, Sunday School, and our Choir. It was clear to see that God was working through us and for us in our earliest days.

In July, just five short months after that first bible study, our church members voted to approve the purchase of 24.9 acres of land across from Brewer High School. A Building Committee was selected to oversee the construction of our current location and a pad for the foundation had been built by that December. We also held our first baptisms in the swimming pool of Andy and Amy Shirey. A total of three members were baptized by Brother Rodney in this location. In August, those who comprised our body of believers had the opportunity to partake in the Lord’s Supper. It was a privilege to honor Christ’s sacrifice in this way.

On October 26th, 2006 the Morgan County Baptist Association voted to approve Grace Point Baptist Church as a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Then on December 17th, our church unanimously voted to approve Grace Point’s Constitution and Bylaws. In the meantime, construction of our church building continued and the members of Grace Point Baptist Church met every week in the Cotaco Volunteer Fire Department. Two years after the purchase of the land was approved, we held our last fire department service on July 13th, 2008. Our first service in our new building was held the following week on July 20th, 2008. To this day we are still honored to be worshiping and serving the Lord in the community in which we were planted.