The Story of North Gayton Baptist Church

North Gayton Baptist Church was organized in 1892; principally for the benefit of the workers in Gayton Coal Mines, who desired a need for formal spiritual worship.  These workers, mostly from Alabama, were united in worship with the residents from the immediate and surrounding neighborhoods.  They met beneath a grove of trees near the Gayton Coal Mines and on this site North Gayton was built as a Bush Harbor; where the first sermon given at this location was delivered by Rev. Leonard Ross.  At this location, we were blessed with six ministers: Rev. A.W. Jackson, Rev. Wash Williams, Rev. Wilson McCargo, Rev. McCurry, Rev. A.W. Phillips and Rev. Rush Pollard.

In 1932, under the leadership of Rev. C.H. Holman, the church sought a location in close proximity to its members.  Land was found on Pump Road where our first house of worship was built next to our present sanctuary.  At this location, we were blessed with three additional ministers: Rev. James E. Johnson, Rev. Arkell R. Roane and Rev. William Smith.

In the early 1960’s, a few dedicated and conscientious members saw a need for rebuilding.  Deacon and Mrs. Phillip Smith donated the land for this edifice.  This project was started in 1969 under the encouragement and leadership of the late Rev. Arkell Roane.  Through the will of God, and with the assistance and prayers of many friends, the present site was dedicated for service on October 5th, 1975, under the pastorate of Rev. William Smith.

Three pastors have served and blessed our congregation well at this site; providing spiritual guidance and encouraging Christian growth.  They were the late Rev. Cornelius Baldwin, Rev. Julius Bailey and Rev. Robert L. Barnes.

Our growth and development has been consistent and steadfast with leadership, inspiration and dedication from former pastors and with our current pastor, Rev. James F. Hedgepeth.  North Gayton Baptist Church is a warm, friendly church with numerous ministries and activities, which allow member s to express their various gifts and talents.

Under the leadership of Rev. James F. Hedgepeth nine ministers have been licensed, four ordinated; five deacons ordained; and the entire deaconess minister was consecrated as well as the formation of the Christian Arts, Media/Publication and Pastor’s Aid Ministry’s.  A Youth Ministry was created, spawning many activities to include community involvement and participation.  Later a scholarship Ministry was fashioned; awarding graduates gifts ministries, assisting mission here at home and abroad.  Our church has been noted through public media for opening our doors for community grieving, inspiration and healing during national and international tragedies; as well as contributing to those who were emotionally scarred from Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti Earthquake.

We, the North Gayton Baptist Church Family, believe that a local church is a body of believers, systematically assembled together by the orchestration of the Holy Spirit, with common visions – having all things necessary for the perfecting of the saints.  We also believe that every believer must belong to, be attached to, firmly fixed in committed and submitted to a local church.

We are committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ by freely giving of ourselves and our substance, while staying close to God by Living a Holy life, and being sensitive to His Spirit through fervent prayer.

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