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We have a three-fold vision and mission as a church family. We desire to be a church who loves God, loves others, and seeks to change the world. We recognize that there are a number of good things that we can do as a church, the real question is: are we helping one another to live in a way that accomplishes these three goals? Our aim is to be a church that firmly holds to the truths of God's Word while constantly asking how we can better accomplish these goals.
First, we are Christians. This distinguishes us from other world religions and cults. Therefore, we adhere to the inerrant word of God as our basis for ministry and find creeds such as the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed helpful as guides in defining our doctrine.
Second, we are Evangelicals and we are Southern Baptists in agreement with the doctrinal statement of the National Association of Evangelicals and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. We believe in and affirm the priesthood of all believers. We believe salvation is by grace through faith as a gift of God so that no one can boast (Eph. 2). We affirm that all people are born separated from God and are in need of a savior to save them from their sins and put them in right relationship with God. We believe that God’s acts of salvation are performed for his glory and not according to any good acts of the recipient. We affirm the primacy of Scripture and believe that by Scripture alone can someone know the special revelation of God necessary to be saved. We believe that the church exists as an agent of the Kingdom of God for his glory and not for the glory of man.
Third, we are Missional. We believe that our local church must be faithful to the content of unchanging Biblical doctrine (Jude 3). We believe that our local church must be faithful to the continually changing context of the culture in which we minister (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). We believe that our mission is to bring people into the church so that they can be trained to go out into their culture as effective missionaries.
In 1931, residents of the Malvern Hill area had a vision for starting a Baptist Church in the community. Through the donations of property given by Mr. Moultire and Mr. Julian Burns, a small group of 38 charter members began Malvern Hill Baptist Church on October 19, 1931.
Over the years, the church out grew its small one-room building that had been built in 1885 and in 1950, renovations began to expand the building. A number of expansions and additions to the physical building have taken place resulting in the children's building, gym, and fellowship hall that stand today.
In January of 2016, we began a campaign to expand our sanctuary, build a new children's worship facility, and renovate existing education space. On December 4, 2016, we moved into our newly remodeled sanctuary. Since that time, God has continued to bless our church. In the Summer of 2021, the church began to move forward with a ReFocus Vision team to evaluate future ministry direction and facility needs.
We often say that a church is not a building...it is a family. Over the past eight decades as a church family, we have sought to be a community that makes a positive difference in the world around us through the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray that we will continue to be a church that loves God, loves one another, and seeks to change the world.