Fellowship Baptist Church, formerly known as Magnolia Baptist Church, held its first service in July 1951 at the Gossett home. In November 1951 when the church was incorporated under the leadership of Rev. Leonard Prentice, who served as Senior Pastor until December 1961, it was meeting in rented quarters on Sunnyside Drive in Magnolia Center, hence the former name.
Our current property was purchased February 6th 1953. The first building (the current nursery building) on our campus was built in September 1953, and the current sanctuary was built in 1958. The educational building/dining hall was built in 1966.
In the early 1980′s the name Magnolia Baptist Church was changed to Fellowship Baptist Church due to the similarity in names from the Southern Baptist church plant Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church.
Fellowship Baptist Church has had 9 lead pastors who have served the congregation over the years. The current lead pastor is Greg Cochran who became pastor in November 2015.
“We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
The mission of Fellowship Baptist Church is to produce believers that please Christ always through transformational involvement in passionate worship, committed community and active service.
Transformational involvement means…
- Planting new life – Leading someone to the point of conversion.
- Cultivating spiritual maturity and the community of believers – Facilitating the spiritual growth of Christians.
- Applying God’s grace with boldness – Serving others both inside and outside the church.
Having first received God’s grace by being drawn to salvation in His Son, and then witnessing to that salvation in baptism, we further commit ourselves together as a church family to pursue our mutual growth by subscribing to the following goals:
To follow the Bible as the sole rule for our beliefs and behavior.
To worship, study the Bible and pray as individuals and as families, and especially to educate our children to love and obey God.
To commit ourselves to the Scriptural teaching which instructs us “To behave decently–not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather let us clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”
To show ourselves as clear witnesses for our Lord, leading people to Christ and His church.
To pray for each other and for the growth and advancement of our Church and to actualize our care by watching over, encouraging and helping each other. In addition, when misunderstandings arise, we will take the initiative to obtain reconciliation with each other without delay.
To give the church our loyalty by participating in its worship, program and ordinances, by supporting each other as fellow members and also the beliefs we hold in common, by giving our money, and by utilizing our Spirit-given gifts in ministry.
To fulfill the spirit of this Covenant, when we move from this area by uniting with another church. Amen.