At a cottage prayer meeting in the summer of 1943, the need for a church in the community was expressed in a testimony. This was the actual beginning of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Outdoor services were conducted by Reverend Geter Poarch and Reverend Grady Hamby in the groves of the Mr. Cam Berry residence. This led to the organization of a Sunday School, which was held on Sunday afternoons with surrounding churches participating. As Sunday School grew, a need for a church building was seen. In November of 1943, Oak Ridge Baptist Church was organized in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Zimmerman. In the early spring of 1944, work began on the initial sanctuary for the church and the rest is history.
In the years since 1943, Oak Ridge Baptist Church has enjoyed a rich history of worshiping God and ministering to people within the church and surrounding community. Today, just like in the 1940s, you will find the people at Oak Ridge excited about worshiping God and meeting the needs of others in Christ’s name. Simply put, Oak Ridge is a gathering of individuals connected through a shared faith in Jesus Christ, who want to live out that faith in a real and genuine way.
Nicholas Wilson, Senior Pastor
Pastor Nick started in ministry in 2004 and joined the staff at Oak Ridge in August 2018. Nick and his wife Misty have been married since 2002 and have two sons, Andru and Cooper. Pastor Nick has a passion for teaching the Bible and helping people apply it in their daily life. Outside of the church, Pastor Nick enjoys farming beef cattle, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Jake Anderson, Student Pastor
Jacob Anderson has been the student pastor since December of 2021. Jacob has been in the ministry since 2017. He and his wife Makayla met while attending Fruitland Baptist Bible College, where they both obtained an associate degree in Christian Ministries. His desire is to engage others with the Gospel, equip them with the scripture, and encourage their Christian walk.
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Oak Ridge Baptist Church
7449 Oak Ridge Church Rd,
Connelly Springs, NC 28612
Phone: (828) 874-0891
Fax: (828) 874-6291
Church Office hours: Tues-Friday 9am – 2pm