Baldwin Branch Church had its beginning in the late 1800‘s. Some of the history of the church was passed down orally from generation to generation while other parts of the history were gathered from many documented resources. In the late 1800‘s, Baldwin Branch Church worshipped across the street from its present location which was the Baldwin Branch School. The school building was donated by Ken McMillan. The building operated as a school as well. They were the church’s committed minded women and men who prayed and stayed together.
As God continued to bless them, on the 26th of December 1907 the group of worshipers were able to purchase the land of our present location from Arcy and Eliza Grimes. After the purchase of the land, the members continued to worship in the school house until they were able to build a new church structure. In 1908 the men of the church built a small wooden church structure. The membership was growing and a new building was needed. These members were not financially able to build right away, but they knew that God would make away. They had faithful members that were willing to work, pray and make sacrifices to build a larger church. There were two good carpenters around at the time and attempts were made to get Mr. Authur McMillian to do the work. Mr. McMillian agreed he would build the church for $1.25 per day; however, the members could not afford to pay him this amount. They then contacted Mr. Fred Demery, who said he would take the job and build the church at no cost—“just keep him eating.” Most of the membership was farmers so the ladies of the church chipped in and made him home cooked meals as he was building the church. “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee” (ACTS 3:6). The chief construction workers for the project were Mr. Fred Demery, Mr. Newton Lewis, and Mr. Willie Lewis Sr. along with the labor of several other men. The lumber and materials for the construction of the church was donated by Mr. George Gooden, who had lumber mill business.
In January 1922 the new building was completed, the pews were made and the members moved into their new church building in which we continued worship in until 2006. During that period of time, sanctuary. Deacon Jerry McKoy was chairman of the trustees. The construction of the sanctuary began sometime in 2005 with Dewey Shaw as the general contractor. Effective September 3, 2006 the congregation moved into a brand new 500-seat sanctuary with Reverend David C. Camps, Pastor.
OUR PASTOR’S MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT RESUME
We, the members of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church, have been blessed to have Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin as our pastor since July 2012. In this relatively short period of time, several ministries have been generated to meet the shifting culture of our times while simultaneously winning souls to Christ. Pastor Boykin is not changing God’s Message, just designing new Methods.
CATEGORY I: NEW ACTIVITIES FOR EACH AGE GROUP
PEARLS OF WISDOM – Senior Ministry. Designed to enhance the quality of life and increase activity and physical fitness
ACTIVITIES: Senior Man and Woman of the Year (Super Senior Sunday) Senior Games
Regular visits to nursing homes to deliver hugs, prayers, cards and gifts
Community-wide events characterized by a wide variety of Attractions
TWIRLERS FOR CHRIST – Baton Twirling Ministry for Young Girls and Teens
ACTIVITIES: Bible Study
Missionary projects like pillows to nursing home & cards to the sick
Teens mentoring younger girls
3G MIME MINISTRY– A Revamped Praise Dance Ministry comprised of Youth and Young Adults
CATEGORY 2: COMMUNITY OUT-REACH
WBLA 1440 AM RADIO STATION – www.wblaradio.com Streaming World-Wide – Owned and operated by Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Spreading God’s
word via song and preaching twenty-four hours a day, seven days each week
FROM HIS TABLE TO YOURS – Food Donation Ministry
ACTIVITIES: Food is distributed to the community and surrounding area at no cost once each month
Baldwin Branch served as a Distribution Center for those adversely impacted by Hurricane Florence; furnishing food, supplies and water.
WMIG “WHEN MOM IS GONE” - A Healing and Education Ministry
ACTIVITIES: Aids families through the funeral process
Monthly support meetingsLocate resources and services for children
CATEGORY 3: UTILIZING TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY
GIVELIFY – Mobile app which allows church members to pay their tithes and offerings with a cellular phone from anywhere Internet is available 24/7.
REMIND – A communication tool (app) which permits the pastor to text the congregation simultaneously
CATEGORY 4: VISIONARY LEADERSHIP
GREETERS – Greeters Ministry – Greet guests with the intention to provide an incredible first-time impression. Sometimes guests will return primarily because of the warm welcome they received
before they even enter the sanctuary.
ACQUIRED ADDITIONAL ACREAGE- Land to be used for future expansion
Note: although this is not a ministry, I believe it is clearly an extremely visionary move.