MISSIONAL COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH
In 1970, homes were being constructed in the Lucasville area. The Ohio State Prison had been completed. The Ernnest Bowman family, the Buel Wheeler family and the Richard Painter family saw the need for a Southern Baptist work in Lucasville. These families committed themselves to a new work. November 11, 1970, a home fellowship was begun in the home of Finely Harion.
The need for property was evident. Property was purchased adjacent to the state prison on Cook Road in 1971. Valley Baptist Chapel was formed with First Baptist Church, Logan assuming sponsorship. By September, 44 were enrolled in Sunday School. Constitution services was held on November 17, 1973, changing the name to Cook Road Baptist Church.
The first unit on the present site consisted of a sanctuary and education space. This was completed in September 1976. Groundbreaking for a fellowship and education wing was on Arpil 30, 1995, with dedication of the building on October 6, 1996.
Cook Road Baptist Church has been involved in the beginning of new works. A misison was started in Wheelersburg but later closed. Another attempt in Wheelersburg was successful. The Freedom Southern Baptist Chapel was begun in 1997 and constituted in 2001.
2005 was a busy year for the church. A note burning service was held. Providence Baptist Church, Newman Georgia provided Vacation Bible School for the church. A joint effort with Appalachian Regional Ministry, a group from Muskingham Baptist Association and the church, participated in a county fair outreach. There were over 300 Bibles, 500 New Testaments, 1500 tracts and 150 gallons of water given out during the week.
A church van was purchased in 2007. Balloons, Kites, Tracts, Bibles, Face Painting and over 240 gallons of water were given out at the country fair that year.
A mission team from Macon Baptist Assocaition Georgia arrived in 2008 to aid in remodeling of the facilities. They also provided Soccer Camps VBS and held revival services during the week.
Ongoing "Celebrate Recovery" began in 2011. This ministry has been very successful in helping people to cope with their daily situations.
With a passion from the pastor, Larry Parks, there has been an ongoing effort to begin a work in the city of Portsmouth, Ohio which has no Southern Baptist work. In 2012, the church voted to sponsor a new work in Portsmouth. North Spartan Baptist Association, South Carolina has partnered with Cook Road Baptist Church with this effort. Numberous misison trips have taken place with emphasis in the Mound Park area. With a lot of prayer and contacting, a possible mission planter was located in the Portsmouth area during the Spring of 2014. A training meeting on planting a new work took place. Surveys, Vacation Bible Schools, Sports Camps, Block Parties and Revivals have been an ongoing effort. Marble Springs Baptist Church, North Carolina has also been a part of this effort. Many of the Sister churches of Scioto Valley Baptist Association have also partnered with Cook Road Baptist Church in this mission outreach. This effort is continuing. The vision of the group is to see a new work in the Portsmouth area.
in 2015 the church remodeled the existing restrooms with the placement of showers in order to help for housing future mission team.
June 2017, Pastor Larry Parks retired. Rev. Jesse Cook was called as pastor. The congregation also decided upon changing the name of this ministry to "Missional Community Baptist Church".