The congregation was small, but the great fire in their hearts has sent them far beyond expectations.
Sponsored by First Baptist Rome Church and First Baptist Marietta Church, Towne View received the support needed to build a strong foundation.
Out of seven different Noonday Association churches that started up that year, Towne View is the only church that remains, and it thrives today.
“We started out with two sponsor churches that helped support us,” said Jim Conrad, Towne View’s pastor of 20 years. “Now, we are sponsoring Northview Baptist Church and a new Korean Baptist church that just started up in Kennesaw.”
On Sunday, the congregation will celebrate the 25-year anniversary by having a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. at the church’s temporary location at 1370 Lockhart Drive in Kennesaw.
The program will feature Andrew Smith, the church’s first ordained minister, who now works in the religion department at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee as the homilist.
A congregational lunch will follow at about 12:30 p.m. After lunch, youth members will go downtown to serve the homeless.
Since its start, the church’s members have met in five different locations and are working to build their sixth location, which will be ready this fall.
Towne View recently sold the land of their previous location to Kennesaw State University for a student housing development.
The new site will be located down the street from their most recent location on Shiloh Road.
A far cry from holding small Sunday school classes in motel rooms, Towne View Baptist thrives and plans to continue expanding its ministry with the Kennesaw community.
So far, the growth has already given the church many opportunities to serve others in the name of God.
According to Conrad, the church has several mission partners, local and international, that they work with on a regular basis.
Working with MUST and Storehouse ministries in Atlanta, mission partners in New Orleans and Tennessee, and orphanages in Bulgaria are a few of the ways that Towne View has extended a hand to those in need in the community and worldwide.
Conrad also said for the last 18 years, members of the congregation join the New Day Baptist Association’s “Builders for Christ” on a summer road trip that involves building new churches around the country.
Towne View’s diverse congregation also sets them apart. The membership represents several nationalities including Korean, Chinese, Romanian and Columbian.