Towne Baptist Church Anniversary

January 27, 2014|Aegis staff report

The story of Towne Baptist Church, 536 Trimble Road, Joppa, begins in prayer and missions.

It was about 50 years ago when Rev. W.P. Watson, then pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Bel Air, began to meet with interested people in Joppatowne. On October 31 in 1963, seven people met in the home of Theron Farris on Joppa Farm Road to plant the seed for this young church. Before the church had a building, the congregation was meeting in homes throughout the community for mission's studies, prayer and learning from God's Word.

Through a program for church extension, the Baptist Convention of Maryland (now known as BCMD) bought a piece of property on the corner of Trimble and Joppa roads. The state convention and Susquehanna Baptist Association contributed money toward the building of the new church's first worship facility. The first Sunday service was conducted on May 3, 1964.

Towne Baptist called Rev. Delane Ryals to be the church's first pastor on July 5, 1964. Later the next year on March 26, 1966, Towne Baptist Church was officially constituted. By God's Grace We Build, was the theme of second building program. It was not long before the church that had 80 members grew to more than 150 members. A second building was established for the purposes of worship, education, children and youth facilities.

Rev. Michael Pigott was the longest serving pastor of Towne, serving from 1982-1998. While Rev. Pigott served as pastor of Towne, he also battled many health issues and died in 1998. Even in the difficult time of losing a pastor to illness, the church was able to focus attention on Christ our chief-shepherd and not just on His under-shepherds.

One evening when Rev. Pigott was in the hospital intensive care unit, many in the church gathered for observance of the Lord's Supper rite in the hospital unit.

It was under the next pastor that many upgrades were done to the church facility and the church began to experience a season of growth. The original church building from 1966 was remodeled for Sunday school classrooms, administrative offices, and a youth room. The church basement fellowship hall, classrooms, and parking lot were all updated.

A contemporary worship service was started. This service quickly grew to capacity and allowed for a whole new generation of people.

Today, as the church looks forward to the future, the vision of the church has not changed: "Together, we follow the commission of Jesus Christ as we partner on His mission in Joppatowne."

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