On April 1, 1945, a group of about 30 people, who were in need of a place to worship, met at Shiloh Methodist Church. After much prayer and following the guidance of the Holy Spirit a church was organized and named New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Charlie Smith was elected speaker for the group, and later he was elected as the church’s first Pastor. For several months, regular worship services were held at Shiloh Methodist Church.
The Church continued to grow. Thankfully, Mrs. Sevilla McRae donated the land for a church building. Mrs. Laura Bobo gave trees, the men of the church sawed logs and did most of the construction of the new church building. In August of 1945, the Church held its first revival under a tent. Nine people were saved and baptized that week.
Over the years, many souls have made a profession of faith and been baptized into the Church. Seventy-Five years and we are still working for the Lord and looking forward to many more souls saved.
We, the members of the Baptist Church, having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, do now in the presence of God and this assembly, do solemnly and joyfully enter into a covenant with each other, as one body in Christ.
We, therefore, agree, by the help of the Holy Spirit and with the Bible, the inspired Word of God as our guide, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church; to promote spirituality; to sustain its worship, and discipline and doctrine; to observe the church ordinances of believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as authorized by our local church; to contribute cheerfully and regularly of God’s tithes and offerings to the support of the ministry of our church the relief of the poor, and to the spread of the gospel to all nations.
We agree to encourage personal and family devotions; to educate our children according to our faith; to seek the salvation of the unbeliever; to be just in our dealings, reliable in our responsibilities, and an example to those around us; to abstain from the sale of and use of substances harmful to our bodies; to use our influence to combat the abuse of all such harmful substances; and to work untiringly for the advancement of the kingdom of our Savior by witnessing in words and actions.
We agree to walk in Christian harmony and watchfulness, giving and receiving assistance with meekness and affection; to pray for one another, to help each other in sickness and sorrow; to be slow to get angry; to always be eager for reconciliation, seeking it without delay. We further agree that, when we move from this area , we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.