Faith Baptist Church
Monday, October 23, 2017
If You Have Been Looking For A Church Home You Just Found It!

 
A History of Faith Baptist Church                                 

A group of called out believers began Faith Baptist Church on August 13, 1995 in a meeting at Tommy’s Restaurant in Cashiers. Soon after, church officers were elected, a constitution was drafted, and Tommy Madden was elected as first Pastor. Faith was under the watch-care of the Tuckaseegee Baptist Association for one full year and was given full membership into the Association. The church met briefly at Barker’s Creek Community Building and fifty-five (55) people signed as charter members. The first attendance report showed an average Sunday School attendance of fifty-eight (58) and an average morning worship attendance of seventy-four (74). The church also met at this time at Melton-Riddle Funeral Home and even East LaPorte Picnic Area. Faith held its first “Homecoming” service on September 29, 1996 with the Rev. Chuck Parrott speaking. On October 8,1995, the church moved to the old Scotts Creek School where it remained for the next five and a half years. There were 58 reported in Sunday School and 72 in
worship service. On October 29, 1995 a first building fund offering in the amount of $11,091.11 was taken and a second offering of $18,834.25 was taken on November 12, 1995. The first baptismal service was held at Cashiers Baptist Church on November 12, 1995 with 79 members in attendance. On December 17,1995 the church held it’s first Christmas Program, “Bless That Wonderful Name,” with 63 in Sunday School and 103 during worship. The church’s first Easter Service was April 7, 1996 with 90 in attendance. An all day Vacation Bible School and Commencement was held at East LaPorte Picnic area on May 18, 1996. Faith joined with Webster Baptist Church in VBS the summers of 1997 and 98. On July 29, 1998 Faith invited the youth group “Witness” to sing at SCC advertising and extending an invitation county wide. Tommy Madden resigned on March 29, 1998 to accept a call to Enon Baptist Church in Brevard and Gene Hawkins accepted the call as interim pastor on September 16, 1998 and preached his first sermon on September 20, 1998. Mike Valentine was chairman of the Pulpit Committee and the vote was made on May 16, 1999 to make Rev. Hawkins as Faith’s second full time pastor. On June 3, 2001 the church held its first service in the former “Venture Out” building on highway 441 in the Savannah community. Property was purchased in 1997
from Kelvin Monteith along Hwy 116 Webster Highway across from Southwestern Community College and plans were made for construction a new building. A dedication program was held on the site with Tommy Madden leading the service. Suzanne Hyde’s father arranged the use of dirt moving machinery from Phillips and Jordan to doze out for a new building. A contract was made with J.A. Payne to construct a 6,448 sq. ft.., five classroom new building. The new building committee included: Mark DeHart, chairman, Randy Crawford, John Brooks, Mitch Hyde, and C. L. Proffitt. The church moved briefly into Fairview School on October
5, 2003 to save making rent payments. The church moved into its permanent home on Webster Road and held it’s first service on May 16, 2004. The church held it’s first ever Bible School in the new building June 18 – 23, 2006. On Wednesday, April 13,2011 Pastor Gene Hawkins felt led by the Holy Spirit to resign effective Sunday, May 1, 2011. Reverend J.D. Grant preached his first sermon as long term interim on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, 2011 and affirmed by the membership at a business meeting on May 18. He felt led to conclude his interim on Sunday, May 31, 2012.

Reverend Peter Mudge was elected as pastor on Sunday, May 19, 2013 by a unanimous vote and officially began his ministry at Faith the first Sunday of June 2013.