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Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission is to build a community on mission to grow the Kingdom of God.

Our strategy to accomplish our mission is to celebrate God through worship, build the body of believers through discipleship and fellowship, and care for others through missions and ministry.

Our History

On January 1, 1875, “The Baptist Church of Christ at Swainsboro” was founded by eleven men. That same year, on February 22, the property of the Church was deeded over by George W. Moring. Later, the church was fully constituted after the first house of worship was built on property. That first building, which sits on the corner of West Main and Roberts Streets, is now used by the Swainsboro Primitive Baptist Church.

Soon the Baptists wanted a new location. In 1896 they erected a building on Coleman Street on a lot donated by John C. Coleman. However, the noise from nearby trains caused the members to quickly look for another location.

In 1914 the church moved to the corner of North Main and Church Streets.  This less noisy location was also donated by Mr. Coleman. After thirty years, the congregation needed more space.

Randolph Coleman donated several lots facing onto Pine Street and the Church bought the remaining amount of land that constitute its present-day location on West Main Street. The current sanctuary was consecrated on March 6, 1949. Since its completion, the original structure has been altered twice. First, in 1956 two transepts, a three story educational wing and a second story addition behind the sanctuary were added. Then in 1966 the addition of a courtyard, offices, a social hall, and classrooms completed the complex. In 2011 the church completed construction of a new Family Life Center on the property.

Statement of Faith

I. The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

II. God 

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. … To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

III. Man

Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. …By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. … The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

IV. Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who, by His own blood, obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

V. The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

*Excerpts from the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. We affirm the entirety of the BFM 2000.

 

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Casey Shaw

Casey Shaw

Pastor

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Matthew Jarrell

Matthew Jarrell

Youth and Children's Pastor

Matt was born and raised near Spartanburg, SC. He attended Clemson University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Law. He then attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity in Apologetics. Matt joined the FBC family in September 2019 as the Youth and Children’s Pastor.

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F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

We are located at 240 West Main Street in Swainsboro, GA. If you need directions from Google, we have a link in the top left corner of this page.

When do I need to arrive?

We advise arriving about 10 minutes before any of our events, this way we can get to know you and show you around before the event starts.

Which door do I use?

We know, our building can be a little confusing and there are so many doors to choose from. Greeters will be there to greet you if you come in by the covered drive-through area or by the bell tower.

Do you have nursery and children’s church?

Yes! A nursery is available for infants and toddlers behind the sanctuary. As you enter the nursery, please check in your child at our “Check-In Station”. Children from 3 years old to 5th grade are invited to come to N2Y right before the sermon.

Can my children stay with me while I worship?

Yes! Your infants and children are very welcome in our sanctuary. We love to see families worshiping together. Our nursery and Children’s worship options are available if you want them.

Is your church handicap accessible?

We have handicap accessible parking spaces by our main building, close to the covered drive-through area. We also have handicap accessible restrooms near the sanctuary.