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"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..."
His Mission, Our Mission
Garden Baptist Church was established because a small group of believers had a vision. These believers, having no church building, had a vision of establishing an official church organization focused on the glorification and worship of the One True Living God and the spreading of the fire of the gospel throughout the Oakwood community and the “uttermost parts of the earth.” As a result of their obedience to the voice of God, the foundation of the church occurred on one, cold evening in October of 1974.
As pastor of Garden Baptist Church, I have been given the honor by our Lord of continuing this vision and expanding the kingdom of God through the preaching and teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I discerned a call to preach the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ on another cold October night in 2012. Having been led in that direction for some time, I finally submitted to this call at a revival service. Since then, I have striven to honor this call by lifting up the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in every facet of my life.
Why do I do what I do as the pastor of GBC? Because having experienced the love of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ myself, I carry the only key to the meaning of life: the message of Jesus Christ. All living, breathing human beings are on a search for something in this life. Although most do not know what they searching for until someone enlightens them, they are ever searching for something that is clearly missing. To fill this emptiness inside, they dive into materialism, carnal pleasures, chase after anything that promises fulfillment, and other temporary facets of life. However, at the end of it all, they find themselves exhausted and with the startling realization that nothing seems to satisfy the yearning they feel inside. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I hold in my heart what it is that most are searching for: the acceptance and unlimited love of God for them.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that God, in His infinite love, has made a way of reconciliation for sinful mankind to Himself. The yearning that we feel is for a longing of God Himself, who is designed and created us for Himself. As pastor of Garden Baptist Church and a part of the spiritual family of God worldwide, I hold the true key to spiritual joy and happiness. It is found in the love of God that was expressed in the cross of Jesus Christ. That love is honored, encouraged, and lifted up at Garden Baptist Church.
I hope to see you there but most of all, I pray to see you receive Christ and grow in your relationship with Him. Christ Himself is the meaning of life itself.
Garden Baptist Church
9417 Garden Creek Rd
Oakwood, VA 24631
P.O. Box 840
Oakwood, VA 24631
We're located in Oakwood, which is a small town in the Cumberland Mountains of Southwest Virginia. If you're looking for a church, we'll hope you'll join us.
For information on where our church is located, consult the map below, or call / email us for directions. You can also message us through our official Facebook page.