By the Grace of God alone, on July 29, 2018, Warsaw Baptist Church reached the milestone of 175 years of serving God and the communities in and around Warsaw.

   

    According to the records from the church's first business meeting, the family of believers was originally called The United Baptist Church of Christ at Warsaw and throughout the 1800's, the church is referred to by that name as well as, The Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Warsaw, Warsaw Baptist Church (which appears to have been used for the first time around 1890) and The United Baptist Church of Warsaw.

   

                                        In The Story of Gallatin County, Carl Bogardus writes:

                                “The Warsaw Baptist church was organized on July 29, 1843. Its first pastor was                                      Elder John Scott, with the congregation consisting of 12 white and eight black                                          members. On September 26, 1846, the property located on the north side of West                                    High and Third Streets was purchased from John T. and Ruth Robinson for the                                          sum of $100. A brick church building was erected in the same year at the cost of                                      $800. In 1882, the building was razed and another brick building erected.”

                                        The church used that second building until it was destroyed by a fire in 1973.                                                  The current building was built on the same spot in 1976. During the                                                                      construction, former member Gary Hughes, who now lives in North Carolina,                                                  recalls going to Sunday School and church services in the Gallatin County Courthouse.

    “We used to look out the window each week to watch the progress of the new building,” Hughes said.

    Over the course of time, children have been raised up through Sunday School classes, married, had children of their own and went on to be with the LORD after a long and fruitful life in the church. And the cycle continues with the generation today.

 

    “I am grateful to get to be a part of this church family,” said Pastor Ken Ritchie. “We have seen a recent uptick in attendance, and more importantly, I have seen many of our members and long-time visitors grow in spiritual maturity and in dedication to Christian service. We give God the glory and credit for all of the good that He has done and continues to do here.”

    Ritchie has served at WBC since September 2014.

He leads the church alongside his fellow elders, Joe

Lowe, Todd Miller, Doug Keyes and Randall Beach.

Ritchie and Beach are the primary preaching elders.

The elders are supported and encouraged by the

church's deacons Terry Hopperton, Brad Hopperton

and Danny Sullivan.

    Church member Lucille Leek leads a group of volunteers to operate a food pantry for the community each Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Members Doug and Lori Keyes spearhead a ministry to provide Thanksgiving meals to several families in need in the community. Members Mary Beth Flynn, Loramae Sullivan, Lori Keyes and Joy Kindoll lead the church's Samaritan's Purse — Operation Christmas Child program and operate a regional collection site for that international ministry each year.

    Members Austin and Ashley Adams lead the music ministry at the church, with Harriet Lowe playing piano at the evening services. Members Chris and Shannon Olivigni have recently started putting together a youth ministry for local teens. The Children's Ministry, led by Jenny and Brad Hopperton, and assisted by a large team of volunteers, run the Children's Church and Nursery services each Sunday and also run the WBC Vacation Bible School. 

 

    “We thank God for His merciful and sustaining grace that has brought us through 175 years,” said Ritchie. “And we are trusting God for every day of our future. But we also believe that we are just one small part of the work that God is doing. That is why our church believes so strongly in partnering wherever and whenever possible with other local churches and why we believe in the importance of church planting. He does amazing things through the birth of new new churches and in the cooperation of existing churches.”

 

    In the last several years WBC has committed funds to help launch new churches in Louisville and in Indianapolis. They also regularly partner with local churches in community-wide ministries like the annual Bible reading marathon that is organized by the leaders of Gallatin Community Church. WBC is also one of the many participating churches who serve at the Gallatin Nursing & Rehab Center.

 

    Warsaw Baptist Church gathers each Sunday at 10 a.m. for Sunday School, and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for worship.

 

    “If you don't have a local church home, we'd love for you to join us this week,” Ritchie said. “And if we don't turn out to be the right church for you, we will help you find the right one. We want to always be about building God's Kingdom, not ours.”

By God's Grace Alone, on July 29, 2018, Warsaw Baptist Church reached the milestone of 175 years of serving God and the communities in and around Warsaw.

   

According to the records from the church's first business meeting, the family of believers was originally called The United Baptist Church of Christ at Warsaw and throughout the 1800's, the church is referred to by that name as well as, The Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Warsaw, Warsaw Baptist Church (which appears to have been used for the first time around 1890) and The United Baptist Church of Warsaw.

   

In The Story of Gallatin County, Carl Bogardus writes:

“The Warsaw Baptist church was organized on July 29, 1843. Its first pastor was Elder John Scott, with the congregation consisting of 12 white and eight black      members. On September 26, 1846, the property located on the north side of West High and Third Streets was purchased from John T. and Ruth Robinson          for the sum of $100. A brick church building was erected in the same year at the cost of $800. In 1882, the building was razed and another brick building            erected.”

The church used that second building until it was destroyed by a fire in 1973. The current building was built on the same spot in 1976. During the construction, former member Gary Hughes, who now lives in North Carolina, recalls going to Sunday School and church services in the Gallatin County Courthouse.

“We used to look out the window each week to watch the progress of the new building,” Hughes said.

Over the course of time, children have been raised up through Sunday School classes, married, had children of their own and went on to be with the LORD after a long and fruitful life in the church. And the cycle continues with the generation today.

 

“I am grateful to get to be a part of this church family,” said Pastor Ken Ritchie. “We have seen a recent uptick in attendance, and more importantly, I have seen many of our members and long-time visitors grow in spiritual maturity and in dedication to Christian service. We give God the glory and credit for all of the good that He has done and continues to do here.”

Ritchie has served at WBC since September 2014. He leads the church alongside his fellow elders, Joe Lowe, Todd Miller, Doug Keyes and Randall Beach. Ritchie and Beach are the primary preaching elders. The elders are supported and encouraged by the church's deacons Terry Hopperton, Brad Hopperton and Danny Sullivan.

Church member Lucille Leek leads a group of volunteers to operate a food pantry for the community each Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Members Doug and Lori Keyes spearhead a ministry to provide Thanksgiving meals to several families in need in the community. Members Mary Beth Flynn, Loramae Sullivan and Joy Kindoll lead the church's Samaritan's Purse — Operation Christmas Child program and operate a regional collection site for that international ministry each year.

Members Austin and Ashley Adams lead the music ministry at the church, with Harriet Lowe playing piano at the evening services. Members Chris and Shannon Olivigni have recently started putting together a youth ministry for local teens. The Children's Ministry, led by Jenny and Brad Hopperton, and assisted by a large team of volunteers, run the Children's Church and Nursery services each Sunday and also run the WBC Vacation Bible School. 

 

“We thank God for His merciful and sustaining grace that has brought us through 175 years,” said Ritchie. “And we are trusting God for every day of our future. But we also believe that we are just one small part of the work that God is doing. That is why our church believes so strongly in partnering wherever and whenever possible with other local churches and why we believe in the importance of church planting. He does amazing things through the birth of new new churches and in the cooperation of existing churches.”

In the last several years WBC has committed funds to help launch new churches in Louisville and in Indianapolis. They also regularly partner with local churches in community-wide ministries like the annual Bible reading marathon that is organized by the leaders of Gallatin Community Church. WBC is also one of the many participating churches who serve at the Gallatin Nursing & Rehab Center.

Warsaw Baptist Church gathers each Sunday at 10 a.m. for Sunday School, and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for worship.

“If you don't have a local church home, we'd love for you to join us this week,” Ritchie said. “And if we don't turn out to be the right church for you, we will help you find the right one. We want to always be about building God's Kingdom, not ours.”

Warsaw Baptist Church

Join us each Sunday at 106 West High Street for
Class at 10AM — Worship at 11AM and 7PM
Wednesday Night Bible Study at 6PM

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