MONTROSE HISTORY


Montrose Baptist Church History

1953- Mt. Zion Baptist Church (now Wildwood Baptist) launches a Sunday afternoon children's Bible study intended to minister to 
           children living at Blandy's Trailer Court.  Shortly after, an adult outreach is started.

1954- First meeting of Montrose Mission Church.  Rev. Ralph Neighbor Jr. pastors bi-vocationally while working for Billy Graham
           Evangelistic Films.

1954- Purchase of abandoned Church building with parsonage and shed.  Building is dedicated on August 15th, 1954

1955- The Montrose mission church is incorporated on July 7th as Montrose Baptist Church.

1956- Ralph Neighbor resigns; Rev. Robert D. Crowely is called as pastor.

1958- Montrose begins construction of a new church building at 5100 Randolph Rd.  First service is held on December 21st.

1968- Montrose opens a part-time Nursery school.

1969- Work begun on present Worship Center.  First service held Easter 1970.

1971- Montrose Day Care opened.

1977- Montrose Christian School is launched with two kindergarten classes.

1986- First 12th grade class graduates.

1991- Montrose begins mission trips to Brazil and Romania.

1995- Pastor Robert D. Crowley retires.

1996- Church calls Dr. Ray Hope as pastor.

2002- Dr. Ray Hope resigns; Pastor Mark Hamilton serves as acting Senior Pastor.

2004- Dr. Thomas Marshall serves as Interim Executive Pastor.

2005- Dr. Ronald Brown called as Interim Senior Pastor.

2006- Dr. David Jackson called as Interim Senior Pastor.

2007- Dr. Ken Fentress called as Senior Pastor.

     Although Montrose has experienced much change in recent years, our mission has remained the same: to bring people to Jesus and membership in His family, develop them to Christ-like maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and their life mission in the world in order to magnify God's name.

     The heart of Montrose has grown over these past 50 years, as have our congregation, buildings, and ministries.  In 1997 Montrose Multi-Cultural Language Ministries were established and God has blessed us with an incredible diversity over the past ten years. God has also blessed us with multi-cultural language services in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Ethiopian. Our church congregation, school, and child development center is now comprised of adults, and children representing over 40 nationalities. We welcome you to come and be a part of our loving family and participate in our exciting services and ministries.

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