"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
Liberty Baptist Church is truly a place that God is blessing. In the last 5 years we have grown from 250 in Sunday School to our current average of 340 and 400 in worship. Recently the church has formed a Vision Committee to study the growth options for our future. God has truly done a wonderful work here considering Liberty's humble beginnings.
Even before the official formation of Liberty Baptist Church, the plot of ground on the corner of Tibbs Bridge Road and Burgess Road was used as a place of worship.
As far back as 1880, Andrew Callahan (then a young man) attended meetings in a small one-room school house on this plot of land. Many years later the school was torn down because it had fallen into disrepair. But the determined people of this community began holding services in their homes.
In 1947 there was a small store (owned by John Jennings) on the plot of land where Liberty Baptist Church now stands. Reverend Ernest Young and Reverend Choice Sane conducted a tent revival in 1947 next to this store, and for approximately two years worship services were held in the tent or in homes of people in the community.
In 1948 Darris Smith began surveying the community to determine the need of a church in that vicinity. From the survey, he discovered that many people in the area did not belong to a church. He also discovered that some were members of other churches but did not attend regularly because of distance. It was obvious that a place of worship was needed within walking distance for the families of this community.
On February 27, 1949 the church was formally organized as Liberty Baptist Church. The name Liberty came from the former school (Liberty Hall School, primer through eighth grade) that stood on this site.
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