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Who We Are

Pastor John's 10th Anniversary Celebration 

We are a people of God seeking to discern His leadership for our lives and our congregation in our modern society.  We seek to discern His will in a service of worship each Sunday morning at 10:30. Please join us.

Every member has a voice in all church decisions, as discussed below.  You are invited to discuss with the Pastor or a Deacon how you may become a member.    

Who runs a Baptist church?

The short answer: Everyone and no one.  There are no bishops, no cardinals, no ecclesiastical oversight.  The Congregation rules.

Since Roger Williams established the first Baptist Church in America in 1638, Baptists have been committed to religious freedom and the separation of church and state.  Williams' "wall of separation" concept in Rhode Island was so threatening to its New England neighbors that they spent the next 100 years trying to snuff out this "lively experiment" in governance.

As a consequence, "Baptist roots date back four centuries to people seeking the opportunity to worship God as individual members of freely organized and freely functioning local churches.  Baptists have always have maintained the need for autonomous congregations, responsible for articulating their own doctrine, style of worship and mission," according to the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA).  Baptist Church in the Great Valleyis a member of the ABCUSA, the Philadelphia Baptist Association, and shares in the fellowship of Christians around the world by associating with the National and World Councils of Churches.  

Baptist Church in the Great Valley has adopted By-Laws providing that the congregation elect, at its Annual Meeting on the fourth Sunday of January each year, the officers and board members who will be responsible for administering the church's affairs in the coming year.  The By-Laws also provide that the Congregation shall call a minister of its choosing, who shall serve until that office becomes vacant.  Every member is entitled to speak and vote at any Congregational meeting.