Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer from the 19th century, wrote these familiar words: “To God be the glory, great things He has done!” And those words do indeed describe what God has done at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church over the past 29 years.
On September 18, 1988, Thomas Terrace Baptist Church was officially organized with a few families from the Concord community. The late Dr. Dennis Fields from Liberty University had come to help this small fledgling group organize and charter the new church. They were men and women of great vision and faith. They were also prayer warriors committed to praying for and reaching the hurting, the helpless and the people without hope of Central Virginia.
I had the privilege of coming to speak as a possible candidate for pastor just a couple of months later, in November of 1988. And on the 1st Sunday of December the church voted to call me as their pastor. I was honored then and remain so for that call. I’ve spent the majority of my 43 years of ministry here at Thomas Terrace Baptist Church and I believe it is the greatest church in the world, only because of what God has done. Through these years hundreds of people have come to faith in Christ following the Lord in believer’s baptism. I’ve watched children grow up through our children’s ministry to become adult leaders in this and other churches around the United States. We are witnessing a 3rd generation of kids growing up in this ministry today. Through the years, Thomas Terrace Baptist Church has partnered in planting 2 churches here in Virginia with former associate pastors, both of which are going strong in the advancement of the kingdom of God. To God be ALL the glory, great things He has done!
So on Sunday morning, September 17th we will be celebrating our 29th Anniversary as a Homecoming Sunday. We will not only celebrate the victories and blessings from God but I will be sharing some of the vision for what lies ahead! After the 10:30 service, we will be having an old-fashioned celebration dinner in the John Cyrus Family Life Center. Make plans now to attend and celebrate this great milestone.