Liberty Baptist Church is . .
An Old Fashioned,
Rejoicing, Testifying Church
~ Recognizing God's house to
be a place of worship and praise.
~ Independent, fundamental, missionary Baptist.
A Bible Believing Church
~ Believing the King James Bible to be God's verbally
A Friendly Church
~ Holding out a hand of sincere Christian fellowship to you
and your family, where everybody is somebody.
A Gospel Preaching
~ Proclaiming God's message of salvation to a lost and dying
world, with enthusiasm and without compromise.
A Mission Minded Church
~ Supporting missionaries around the world.
A Young Growing Church
~ Where there is always plenty of room for more.
In the spring of 1982 a bus was chartered by a group of Christians
who hungered for a real spiritual service. They traveled to Pleasant
Valley Baptist Church on Possum Trot Road in Bryson City, NC to hear
Rev. Eddie Sherrill who had been their former Pastor. God richly
blessed during the morning service and before leaving the church
someone asked Preacher Sherrill if the Lord led in a new work
beginning in Mooresville, would he become our first Pastor and
leader. He replied that the Lord had been dealing with him in moving
back to Mooresville but we would pray and wait on an answer from
God. The small group of believers, under Heavenly conviction, began
meeting in cottage prayer meetings at various homes. We met at
Brother Joe Steele's, Brother Ronald Ingle's and Brother Ray Gene
Childress'. Rev. J.W. Morris preached and the Holly Spirit led
and a new work was born. On July 25, 1982, by unanimous vote, Rev.
Eddie Sherrill was called as the first pastor. Rev. Sherrill moved
to the home place of Virginia Childress and Ruth Barnette located on
Presbyterian Road. On a suggestion by Ray Gene Childress to an
understanding of 1 Corinthians 3:17 "Where the Spirit of the Lord
is, there is Liberty," the membership voted unanimously to name the
work "Liberty Baptist Mission."
The late Junior and Doris Childers, Charter
Members, who owned a cinder block store building on Perth Church
Road, repaired the building and we moved in for services. Movie
theater seats were found at an auction sale and placed in the
building and lawn chairs were also used for seating. A wall air
conditioner was installed directly behind the pulpit, which bothered
preachers with hair-most of the time to be turned off so the message
could be heard.
Store building on Perth Church Road was the first home of "Liberty
The first checking account was opened August 2,
1982 with a deposit of $826.27 and a savings account in the amount
of $2000.00. Sunday afternoon November 21, 1982 at 3:00 p.m. Liberty
Baptist Mission was organized as Liberty Baptist Church by a council
composed of 11 Deacons from Landis Baptist Church and seven Pastors
with Rev. Eddie Sherrill moderating. Rev. David Harrison of
New Hope Baptist Church in Salisbury delivered the principal sermon.
A list of 49 names as members was read after which the moderator
invited others to join. Two came forward bringing the
total to 51. The moderator moved that the charter membership
remain open until January 2, 1983. The council voted
unanimously that these be listed as charter members. Rev. Bo
Hammond of Landis Baptist Church gave a charge to the church.
God added many members to the fellowship. God blessed us with
overflow crowds of people. Many came to worship with us but
left because of a shortage of parking. Baptismal services were held
at Fern Hill Baptist Church and Brother Joe Steele's sister allowed
us to use her home lake access in Cornelius for baptism also.
Five acres of land were approved for purchase from Mr. Ray Curtis
for $15,000.00 on Johnson Dairy Road. This place was destined
to become the home for Liberty Baptist Church but for the next few
years, services would be held in the little white block
building, souls would be saved and lives would be made Holy. The
property was purchased and through the Providence of God, paid for
in full in fourteen months.
In October 1984, Pastor Sherrill resigned and Pastor Wilmer Walker
was called to become our Under Shepherd. A groundbreaking service
for our first church was held on August 30, 1987, and construction
began. A member of Rehobeth Methodist Church in Terrell made
us aware of the church furniture they had for sale since they built
a new church. We were so thankful we could discard the squeaky
movie theater seats and purchase pews and pulpit furniture for
$7500.00. The night before our first service, a small group of
people moved the piano into the new sanctuary. Those people
gathered there that night sang "Amazing Grace," and felt the
presence of the Lord. On April 3, 1988 we held our first
service in our new church. The dedication service for the new
church was held August 21, 1988 at 3:00 p.m. with Brother Steve
Dagenhart preaching the dedication sermon. Liberty Baptist church
choir sang "He Did it All for Me" and "That Wonderful Country."
Revival services were held the next week (August 22-26) with Brother
It is noted that in May 1988, the church ran
low on funds towards payments on the new construction. Mrs.
Christine Williams and her husband Walter had money in savings and
loaned the church (interest free) $4675.00. This amount was exactly
what was needed to meet our obligation. WHAT A BLESSING! The loan
was repaid in April 1989. God is so Faithful.
In January 1991, Pastor Wilmer Walker resigned
and Brother Ralph Robinette became supply pastor. In March of 1991,
Preacher Robinette was called as Pastor of our church. His first
sermon topic was "Five Smooth Stones" taken from 1 Samuel 17:40.
Many souls have been saved and people have
learned about our Great God, Saints have passed into eternity -
through all these times, God has been faithful. With the increase in
enrollment and shortage of space for Sunday School rooms, Pastor
Robinette led in an enlargement program to add a choir loft, enlarge
the sanctuary and add a new educational building. A sum of
$275,000.00 was loaned to the church, with a payment of $2630.00 per
month for 5 years. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 22,
new addition was completed in June 1994. property of 1.6 acres
joining our property and a doublewide mobile home became available
for the church to purchase at a sum of $50,000.00. It was voted
unanimously to purchase and was paid for with a cash lump sum. The
home served as our fellowship hall, Sunday School room and gathering
Original church on Johnson Dairy Road with additions completed in
We did not know but the Lord knew this land was
destined to become the present sanctuary site. Membership and
attendance had taxed the facility to bursting. Visitors came, but
felt they were using space needed for church members. Chairs were
carried and placed in the aisle and around the front of the pews at
the altar. Those arriving late had problems of finding places to
sit. In June 1998 a building committee was appointed and approval
was given to secure funds for the present sanctuary. This plan for a
new, larger sanctuary was a vision and dream of Pastor Robinette and
the congregation. The doublewide mobile home was sold and removed,
land scraping began, building material and concrete arrived for the
new sanctuary all paid for from the building fund.
We had fully paid off the loan for the last
construction of our church and another groundbreaking ceremony was
held on July 26, 1998 for our new sanctuary. The "old note"
was burned and the choir taped a live cassette tape, which is still
a blessing to all that hear it. In September of 1999, the
church voted unanimously to borrow one million dollars for the new
In October of 1999, Mr. George Hall offered his
doublewide mobile home on the other side of the church property.
A price of $71,000.00 for the mobile home and 3/4 acres of land was
asked. God richly blessed us and we were able to pay cash for
the property and the mobile home was then used as our fellowship
building and Sunday school class.
On July 2, 2000 Pastor Robinette resigned and
for five months guest preachers preached the word. Pastor
Keaton was one of these men of God and in January 2001 he became the
Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church.
July 15, 2001 construction was completed and
Charter Members led the congregation from the old sanctuary into the
new sanctuary at 10:00 am for our first service held where we now
worship. Sunday School attendance was 148 and 232 attended the
11:00 worship service. The offering total was $5,223.43.
Pastor Keaton delivered the first message entitled "How We Want Our
Church Represented In The Community", taken from 1 Kings,
Chapter 8. This marvelous facility has been provided not for
the members of Liberty only, but we extend a warm and friendly
welcome to the community and our surrounding neighbors.
dedicate our new building, a Jubilee week was held September
9-14 with guest speakers each night. Kenneth McCain, Michael
Sudfin, Gene Brown, Scott Caudhill, DeWayne Barber and Keith Cudd
were our visiting preachers. These services led up to our
Homecoming September 16. Brother Larry Campbell preached an
inspiring message that day and nine were gloriously saved.
Homecoming lunch was spread in our old church building, which is now
our fellowship hall.
Our present sanctuary at 171 Johnson Dairy Road includes a choir
loft that seats about 80, a 900 seat sanctuary and multiple Sunday
School Rooms. Proof that "To God be the Glory, Great Things He Hath
The first wedding in our new church was on
October 20, 2001. Christin Beaver and Jason Benge were married
in a beautiful ceremony. Mrs. Ava Hawks funeral was on
December 16, 2001. This was the first funeral service held in
our new sanctuary. The first baptismal service was on October
28, 2001 with 28 candidates being baptized.
In December 2001, Arnold Douthit was named
Associate Pastor and July 2002, seven new deacons were appointed.
Our present membership is 472.
The history would not
be complete without the remembrance of the many who have gone on
before us to be with the Lord, waiting on us there to join them.
Wonderful revivals that we have witnessed through the years - men
who have accepted the call to preach the Gospel - the youth groups
who have been led to work and have blessed with ministries such as
the Nursing Home Ministry. And Pastor Keaton has led us into
becoming a Missions Minded church. We now support 17
missionaries around the world with monthly support. Ultimately
all the events and happenings are about our Great God, Lord, and
Savior. Through it all we've learned to trust in Jesus, we've
learned to trust in God, we've learned to depend upon His word.
His spirit has led and guided us and will continue to until Jesus
says, "Come up hither". TO GOD BE THE GLORY, GREAT THINGS HE
HAS DONE. As we look to the future our minds should be set on
1 Corinthians 2:9 - "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither
entered into the heart of man the things God hath prepared for them
that love Him.
On Sunday morning May
2, 2004, Pastor Keaton resigned and for over a period of 5 months we
had several guest preachers. Associate Pastor Arnold Douthit
was named as the Supply Pastor until God would send us another man
to be our shepard. God continued to bless during the time that
we were without a pastor. One of the many men that came to
preach to us was Eddie Graham.
On October 3, 2004,
Eddie Graham became the Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church.
After Pastor Graham accepted the pastorate, Supply Pastor Douthit
relinquished his supply pastor duties. God is continually
blessing Liberty and we have had numerous new members to join with
us in Fellowship over the past several months.