Life Baptist Church began on January 4, 1981, with 48 people in attendance. We met in the St. Stephen Community Center until December of 1984.
Our church was officially established on September 19, 1982, with 24 charter members. In October of that year, we purchased 2 acres of land and in 2008, we acquired an additional acre. In August of 1983, construction commenced on our church building, and we met in it in 1985. Since then, we have renovated and added on to meet our needs. We are grateful for the adequate facilities that the Lord has provided.
We embarked on building our first fellowship hall in August of 1987, and our second one in 1993. The first event in each of these buildings was a wedding. In 1998, we converted our previous fellowship hall into a Sunday school facility. “Holding forth the Word of Life” (Philippians 2:16a) has been the primary purpose for our existence for 42 years. We strive to accomplish this through these avenues: Sunday school, social media, radio ministry, prison ministry, nursing home ministry, youth meetings, music ministry, tract ministry, Fair Haven Marketplace, and Fair Haven Home for Men. We also support about 75 missionaries at home and abroad who are propagating the gospel. One highlight of our year is our Summer Spectacular in August. Our 2022 meeting produced a lot of excitement and brought encouragement to our church.
We purchased land next to our church in 2008, and in 2010, we purchased 26 acres of land to build the Fair Haven Home for Men facility. Ten years later we witnessed the providence of God again as He paid off the debt on this property. In March of 2022, we experienced another highlight of Life Baptist Church as the Fair Haven Home for Men moved into the facility debt free!! God did it again!! We praise the Lord that the men’s home has had the privilege to share with many men the solution for their troubled lives. Bro. Jeff and Sis. Jan Krontz directs this ministry while Bro. Phillip and Sis. Melissa travel and represent the home, raising needed support. Bro. Jamie and Sis. Becky Krontz operate Fair Haven Marketplace which also provides funds for the men’s home. Bro. Lance and Sis. Elyne Neal aid with the daily operations of the home.
Our church is blessed to have 12 gospel preaching preachers. They are Bro. Timothy Bazen, Bro. Gary Berry, Bro. Gabe Berry, Bro. Jerry Wayne Carter, Bro. William Hoff, Bro. Jeff Krontz, Bro. Roger Wayne Mitchum, Bro. Lance Neal, Bro., Tyler Perry, Bro. Colin Tate, Pastor Alfred Willis and Bro. Phillip Willis. We pray that these men will be used for God’s glory!
The Lord allowed us to have our parking lot paved in 2021, and we are continuing to enjoy the blessing of this much needed asset! Our most important goal over the past 42 years is that of the salvation of souls. Despite many hindrances, God has saved individuals and built a church for His glory!
God has given us 42 years, and we are grateful. You are welcome at Life Baptist Church. We urge you to prepare for the coming of the Lord.