February 5th, 1975 was the beginning of Sweet Home Baptist Church. The first Sunday attendance was 22. We were located in a little white block building west of Albemarle on Charlotte Road. This building soon became too small and we soon looked for a larger one. This little block building will always be special to us as our church began as a mission there. We remained there for six months, and our pastor, Charles Bowers, was ordained in May, 1975.
Sweet Home Baptist Church was then moved to a new location on Riley Street in Albemarle. As the Lord blessed, we became overcrowded. We decided it was time to build. We purchased six acres and borrowed $50,000 to begin the work on our new church at this present location. Construction began early in January, 1978, and our first service was held on Father’s Day of that same year.
Brother Charles Bowers continued as pastor until he retired in January 2008. God then sent our second pastor, Ray Long, in June of the same year. Brother Long continued as pastor until November 4th, 2012. God is good and gracious! We then voted in Brother Preston Young on December 2nd, 2012. Man’s plans are often imperfect, but God’s plan is always perfect.
God has truly blessed Sweet Home Baptist Church for these past years. As Gideon’s army of 300 stayed to fight, we are glad to stay where God has planted us. We cannot wait to see what God has in store for the years to come!