Unity Baptist Church
Thursday, December 14, 2017
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History

 

     Our History

 
     With the arrival of Ashland Oil in Lexington and the locating of several families in the Richmond area with ties to the company, the decision to form a new Baptist church was reached by the summer of 1982.  The first meeting of the Fellowship which was to become the Unity Baptist Church was held in July, 1982, in the home of Roger and Pam Bartley. with 17 people present.  These weekly meetings continued, meeting in various homes.
 
     In the fall of 1982, Mack Harris, formerly Pastor of Richmond First Baptist Church was called to serve as Interim Pastor and the Fellowship agreed to conduct services in the Oak Pond Christian Church. In January, 1983, following the acceptance of a Pastorate in Charlotte, North Carolina, by Mack Harris, the church called Ray E. Cooper as Interim Pastor. He accepted the Pastorate of the church later that same year.
 
     The Church would organize on July 31, 1983. In the Fall of 1985, the church entered into a TWB (Together We Build Campaign). In that same year (1985) the church purchased twelve acres of land from the Lutheran Church in America for $30,000.  On June 1, 1986, groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the construction of a new house of worship on that site.  Construction began June 6, 1987 and the building was dedicated July 31, 1988. Church furnishings were purchased from Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Davies County for $2,000.
 
     The estimated construction cost of the new building was $320,000 with the church actually borrowing $208,000 from Richmond Bank.
 
     In 1995, the church entered the second phase of construction, nearly doubling the size of the facility with 10,000 square feet of Fellowship and Educational space at a cost of nearly $200,000.
 
     Since its organization in 1983 with fifty-nine members, the church had increased its membership to 130 by 1992 and by 1997, the membership had surpassed 240, with approximately 250 enrolled in Sunday School.
 
     Within the past four years, average morning worship attendance as well as offerings have increased nearly three-fold as the current Deacons of the church minister along with Pastor in the care of those families which are part of the membership.
 
     By 2009, the church had increased membership to nearly 400 with 237 enrolled in Sunday School.
 
 
 
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