FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
74 Broadway (PO Box 96)
On October 11, 1981, Friendship Baptist Church consitututed with 70 charter members. The pastor at this time was John Wood. In 1982, the present day property was purchased.
In 1985, Friendship Baptist Church voted to sponsor a new work in a neighboring community, Jackson, Ohio. Fellowship Baptist Chapel became this new mission. Later they constituted into a church.
The building debt was paid in the full amount in 1987. New chairs were purchased for the sanctuary in 2000. The outside of the building took a new look in 2002 with new siding and windows. A lighted sign was placed on the building in 2004, enbabling the community to better identify the church.
Mission Teams have made an important impact on Friendship Baptist Church. In 2004, a team from South Carolina ministered to the community with a Vacation Bible School and helped with renovations. 2005, a team from East Newman Baptist Church, Georgia remodeled the fellowship hall and upstairs. Mini Vacation Bibe School, Block Party and minor repairs were provided by a team from Sparta, Tennessee during 2010.
Reaching out into the community, Bible Studies were held in the Nursing Home, Senior Citizen Center and Assisted Living Centers in 2011. A Weekly Bible Study was held during 2013 at the Senior Adult Apartments in Coalton.
On July 15, 2012, Friendship Baptist Church voted to sponsor Faith Baptist Chapel, Proctorville. To celebrate this partnership, a combined service was held. Mission Pastor, Chuck McCormick, preached in the morning service at the mother church. Later Frank Doenges, Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, preached in the mission's morning service.
In 2013, a ministry support group was begun with Friendship Baptist Church partnering with Christian Motorcycle Association Redeem Riders in hosting their monthly officer meeting. This opportunity has since produced a monthly Bible Study.
Friendship Baptist Church is stragegically located on the corner of State Route 93 and Broadway. This church continues to be a lighthouse in this community.