- We believe in the verbal inspiration and authority of the Scriptures. We believe hat the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking world is the King James Bible. We believe that the Bible reveals God, the fall of man, the way of salvation, and God’s plan and purpose in the ages.
- We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity and virgin birth of Christ.
- We believe that salvation is “by grace” plus nothing and minus nothing. The conditions to salvation are repentance and faith.
- We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the visible, personal, and premillenial return of Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.
- We believe the local church is God’s agency for carrying out the Great Commission.
Statement of Faith
History of Gill Grove Baptist Church
Gill Grove Baptist Church was organized September 22, 1843. It was born out of a series of revival services preached by Pastor Samuel Taylor. Twelve conversions from the meeting made up the majority of the new church’s membership, and there were seventeen members when the church was organized. Pastor Taylor became the first pastor of Gill Grove Baptist Church and served for 31 years. Under his leadership the church grew, and by 1865 the church had 127 members. The first Sunday School classes started in 1868.
In 1844, William Francis Gill, a prosperous Methodist planter, gave a parcel of land, and the first building was built in 1852. In 1884 the building was remodeled, and later an entrance, wings on either side, and electric lights were added. Today the original church building is used for our Junior Church each Sunday.
In April of 1974, the church had 38 members on its roll. During that month, John Brothers was called to serve as part-time pastor until May, 1976, when he was called as Gill Grove’s first full-time pastor. Through the grace of God, under Pastor Brothers’ leadership and through the efforts of its great and loving people, in seven years the church grew to 612 members. On Sunday, September 25, 1983, the church celebrated its 140th anniversary with 558 present in Sunday School, the largest attendance in the history of Gill Grove.
In 1979, the church purchased 5.5 additional acres of land for the construction of a new church auditorium. The congregation moved into the building in October 4, 1981. In 1996, the church purchased 31 more acres to bring the total acreage to just under 40 acres. in 2006, construction was completed on the Family Life Center which houses offices, classrooms, a kitchen, and gymnasium.
During the last four decades, the church has experienced its largest growth in people, ministries, and income. Gill Grove Baptist Church, born out of the burning bush of revival fires, has set as its goal in continuation of the spirit and zeal of its founders and their God. That which was born in revival has grown in revival. The church is alive and well, and through God’s grace still winning souls even after these 170 years have passed. As it was in the beginning of Gill Grove, so may it be until Jesus comes. To God be the glory!
Pastor John Brothers
Pastor John Brothers was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1943. He and his wife, Nita, have been married for 55 years and have four children and thirteen grandchildren. On October 29, 1966, Pastor Brothers and his wife both received Christ as their personal Savior at the showing of a Christian film. On that Saturday night, they got in on God’s family plan. Because of that life-changing evening, Pastor Brothers has a great desire to reach entire families with the Gospel of Christ.
In November 1966, Pastor Brothers was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces. While stationed in Killeen, Texas, he grew in the Lord under the preaching of Pastor Floyd Franks at Memorial Baptist Church there. After completing his military service, he was employed by the Treasury Department, US Customs, until he was called to preach the Gospel in 1973. He was ordained in 1974, and in 1977 he graduated from Liberty Baptist College as a Pastoral Major. While attending college, he became the part-time Pastor of Gill Grove Baptist Church, which then had services only on Sunday mornings. He soon added the Sunday evening, and later the Wednesday evening services, and in May 1976, he was called to be Gill Grove’s first full-time Pastor. He has now served as Pastor faithfully for over 40 years.
John Mark Brothers – Co-Pastor
John Mark began working full-time at Gill Grove in 1997 and has served as Youth Pastor for the last 20 years, as well as principal of Gill Grove Baptist School since 1998. John Mark and his wife Lesley were married in 2000 and have four children: Josiah, Jeremiah, Micah, and Alyssa.
Jason Myers – Pastor’s Assistant
Jason has been on staff at Gill Grove for the past 13 years. He is involved in our Sunday School and Bus Ministries, including our Teen Church for those young people who attend through the Bus Ministry. Jason’s family includes his wife Joy and their children Benjamin, Philip, Lydia, and Levi.