150 years of WHBC church history was celebrated on November 11, 2006. The West Hampden Baptist Church, possibly founded as a successor to the Second Hampden Baptist Church, was declared a Church on this day, November 11, 1856. From the beginning of its history, godly brothers and sisters in Christ were desirous of having a Church in West Hampden. Twelve original members were voted unanimously to organize as the West Hampden Baptist Church. From this beginning the Church began to grow. In the course of 150 years, (as of 2006), 552 people have called WHBC their church home. The clerk's journals reflect 33 pastors from the beginning to present day. While many of these men and women were called to Pastor the Church, not all of them were full time pastors. Some shared a pastorate with other area churches, some served during WWI, and others were pulpit supply. The Church initially met at the West Hampden Meeting House, later called Liberal Hall. The people then purchased a church in 1878. As the number of members grew, so did the need for a bigger place to worship. On May 7, 1986, a new property was purchased just down the road and in July, 1987, the foundation of what is now West Hampden Baptist Church was laid. In August of 1989 the first meetings were being held in the new building. Throughout the history of the West Hampden Baptist Church,, the many people who called it their Church home have taken an active interest in its welfare and continued existence. The basic tenets that the original twelve held continue today, and the Lord willing, will continue until His coming.
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Our church has been a lighthouse, reaching our community and abroad, with the gospel of Jesus Christ since it's founding in 1856.
Here at WHBC we want you to feel welcome and know that we care about you and your needs. We offer ministries from nursery to adults, including children's programs, high school, college & career, and various adult ministries. Please join us for any of our services. We look forward to worshipping with you!
A typical service is about 60 minutes. We sing a variety of gospel songs from our hymnal. We are blessed with a variety of special music presentations from singing to instrumentals. We have a nursery available for children ages 0-4yrs old. A chidren's church program is also available for kids ages 5-6th grade with lessons designed specifically for them. If you are looking to visit us, please take a moment and see our schedule of services. We look forward to seeing you!
9:30 AM Sunday School (All Ages)
10:45 AM Morning Worship Service
4:30 PM Choir Practice
6:00 PM Evening Service
7:00 PM Children's Club & Youth Group
7:00 PM Adult Bible Study & Prayer
Nursery Available for all services.
For those attending and hearing impaired, we have hearing assistance devices for you to use. Please speak with an usher and they will assist you.
Michael Lynn was born & raised in Durham, North Carolina. He trusted Christ as his Savior at the age of 13, while traveling home from church on one of their buses. Michael surrendered to preach at the age of 17 & prepared for ministry by completing both a B.A. & M.A. in Bible. He met his wife, Gwendolyn Heflin, at a Bible camp in Seven Fountains, Virginia. They were married in July of 1976 & have been blessed with 5 children, 2 grandsons, 3 granddaughters., and 3 more grandchildren on the way. Michael has continued his education by completing a Master of Ministry degree, and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree through Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Our pastor began his ministry in 1978 as the founding pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Gorham, Maine. He later pastored churches in Nova Scotia, Canada, again in Maine, Pennsylvania, & North Carolina. He became the pastor of WHBC in April of 2012.
We believe that the Bible, in the original manuscripts, is the inspired Word of God, consisting of 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was written by God through the personalities of holy men; that it is absolutely trustworthy and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21). The English translation we use is the King James Version. It is a superior translation and a faithful rendering of the original languages. To avoid confusion and for the sake of uniformity, we use the King James Version in all teaching and preaching.
We believe in the trinity of the godhead: One God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; I John 5:7).
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Matthew 1:18-25; Colossians 2:9). We believe that Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a substitutionary sacrifice; and all who repent and receive Jesus Christ as Savior are justified by His shed blood (Romans 5:9; John 3:16; Galatians 1:4; I Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 9:25-28; Luke 23:33; Acts 2:23). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead in a glorified body, that He ascended into Heaven, and that He lives in Heaven today, making intercession for the believer (John 20:19,20; Acts 1:9; Romans 8:34).
We believe that man was created in the image of God; he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and all human beings are born with a human, sinful nature (Romans 3:23; Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12-19; Romans 6:23). We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God (John 1:12,13; I Peter 1:23; Romans 8:14). We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38, 39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5). We believe that salvation is entirely and only by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ - that no work of any description can contribute in any way to our salvation (Ephesians 2:8,9).
We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ - first, to catch up unto Himself the Church, and then to return to the earth with His resurrected saints and establish His Millennial Kingdom after the seven-year Great Tribulation (Mark 13:32, 33; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:19-25; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 4:14-18; Jude 14; John 14:3; Revelation 5:9). We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost (Revelation 20:12-15; John 5:28, 29; Matthew 25:46; Daniel 12:2). We believe in the one true Church, the Body of Christ, composed of all who have been born again through faith in Christ, and only of such. As members of the one body, all members are united together with the Head of the Body, Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 12:12, 13;Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:23; 4:25). We believe that all the saved should live in a manner that does not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded by God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1, 2; 14:13; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; I Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1).
We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as portrayed in Scripture (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:3-6).
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