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3401 Colonel Rd.
Richmond, KY 40475

The History of White Hall Baptist Church

Our History

White Hall Baptist Church began in February of 1990 as a mission of First Baptist Church of Richmond, Kentucky. First Baptist, the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention all worked together to provide the spiritual and financial support that was needed to get us started as a congregation.

Rev. Lamar Lyon was appointed as church planter by the NAMB and served as Pastor through November 1997. The first meetings were held in a rented house on Winesap Drive in Madison Village.

Our congregation was constituted and we became White Hall Baptist Church in 1996.

Bro. Tim Beard of Florissant, Missouri, our current Pastor, began his ministry with us on Sunday morning, January 7, 2001.

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From its modest beginning in a house in the middle of a subdivision on Winesap Drive, to its newly expanded worship facility on Colonel Road overlooking one of the nation’s busiest interstates, White Hall Baptist Church can trace its origin to the outreach and church planting efforts of First Baptist Church, Richmond.

In 1988, seeing an opportunity to reach a rapidly growing area of northern Madison County, Brother Curtis Warf, pastor of First Baptist Church, proclaimed his vision to the congregation and challenged the Missions Committee to pursue plans for establishing a church in the area. It was another opportunity to fulfill the Great Commission… by reaching people in Madison Village and the surrounding areas with the gospel message.

In March 15, 1989, a motion was approved by First Baptist Church, and the trustees were instructed to purchase a 7-acre tract of land on the corner of Colonel Road and Bill Eads Road. The $42,000 purchase was made possible by both a grant and loan, conferred through the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s missions department. Two months later a recommendation by the deacons of First Baptist church was approved – the new church would be known as the White Hall Baptist Mission.

The Missions Committee and Finance Committee of First Baptist Church recommended that an estimated $70,000 – a generous contribution received from the Mary L. Kunkel Million Estate – be used for the White Hall mission project. As various financial resources continued to become available, a Mission Building Committee was formed and tasked with identifying structural plans relating to size, use, and seating capacity of the new church. Enthusiasm for the project grew as plans were made to begin basement construction after January 1, 1990.

A rental house, located at 111 Winesap Drive in the Madison Village subdivision, would be used for Sunday school while the White Hall Baptist Mission church was being constructed. By organizing the mission project in this manner, an established Sunday school would be ready to move into the church when the building was completed. On Sunday, January 28, 1990, the first Sunday school service was held in the mission house.

In a partnership between the SBC’s Home Mission Board and First Baptist Church in association with the KBC, Bro. Lamar Lyon was approved as the first pastor of the White Hall Baptist Mission.

With persistent plans to build a permanent facility, a groundbreaking service for the new structure was held on March 18, 1990. Construction costs were minimized as people came from Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Frankfort, Kentucky; working in all phases of the construction. Many of the men from First Baptist Richmond worked on the building, with several on site every day of the construction process.

On December 23, 1990, the first services were held in the new building. The partnership with First Baptist continued until November 1996, when the congregation was constituted and became known as White Hall Baptist Church.

Bro. Lamar Lyon departed in December 1997; Bro. Curtis Warf, served as interim pastor from January 1988 through July 1998. Bro. Roger Lipe became the church’s second full-time pastor, standing in the pulpit on Sunday, August 2, 1998.

And the Lord added to His church! In response to a growing need for space, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 28, 1999 for a new sanctuary designed to seat 325 worshipers. Although plans were in place to renovate the old sanctuary into Sunday school classrooms and a nursery, a concentrated effort was made to finish the new sanctuary addition first.

The first Sunday morning services in the new sanctuary were held February 6, 2000. Following Bro. Lipe’s resignation as pastor June 2000, Bro. Bill Carter served as interim pastor through December. In this interim period, Randy Worley was approved as the first minister of music; and the budget for 2001 was increased to include funds for additional staff positions.

In a special called business meeting on November 26, 2000, the church overwhelmingly approved the call of Bro. Timothy Beard as its third full-time pastor. Bro. Tim’s shepherding role in shaping the spiritual identity and mission of White Hall Baptist Church’s future began on Sunday, January 7, 2001, when he delivered his first sermon as pastor.

Compassion and faith in God’s provision guided decisions to extend missions support beyond the local benevolence program. White Hall’s mission support made its way to other areas of the state and beyond to the Philippines, Romania, Haiti, El Salvador, New Guinea, Czech Republic, and New Tribes Ministry locations.

Our children and youth had several opportunities to grow and learn through missions’ education programs like RAs and GAs, or the AWANA curriculum emphasizing scripture memorization. The youth engaged in biblically based learning programs and became active participants in community and missions’ projects. Collecting supplies for hurricane victims’ relief and organizing a “post office” to encourage giving to Lottie Moon Christmas offering were two timely undertakings.

This decade witnessed many events and triumphs. Ordination services were conducted for the licensure of Bro. Michael Barnes and Bro. Chris Buck into the gospel ministry. Bro. Zach Rice served as second full-time minister of music. Several amendments to the constitution were completed. With careful planning and good stewardship, the building loan was paid off and celebrated with a note burning ceremony.

Sound biblical teaching and preaching, age-appropriate spiritual education, compassion and responsiveness toward the needy were indeed characteristics that accurately described the ministry and missions of WHBC. It continued to be a nurturing ground for personal and spiritual growth.

On the first Saturday of May 2010, a celebration to honor its 20-year heritage began with a fellowship meal and concert. Notably implanted within the commemoration was a three-day spring revival, starting on “20th Anniversary Celebration Sunday.”

Woven collectively in the church’s history is a ministry of service, characterized with one word…MISSIONS. Every age group within the church was somehow engaged in a missions’ endeavor. The congregation not only gave generously with grateful hearts, but also went with willing hands to serve…in local mission centers and on overseas trips to Romania and Haiti.

In December 2010, the congregation approved establishing a “Master Plan” to assist with the church’s vision for future development. An architect was retained to work with the Long-Range Planning Committee. The financial goal set by the church in Phase I was met in less than three years.

Actual construction had begun earlier in the year, and the church voted on June 1, 2016, to borrow funds from the Baptist Church Loan Corporation to complete the building project. The newly constructed building, an expansion of facilities which included a fellowship hall, additional class, and office space; stood with an esthetically pleasing exterior design, enhancing the overall appearance of the church campus.

On the same weekend that the Spring revival began in May 2017, the congregation stood again to celebrate the faithfulness of God and dedicate White Hall Baptist Church to His service and the spreading of spiritual truth in all the activities of Christian life.