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Our Church History

April 28, 2016 | by: Michael Hildebrandt | 0 comments

Posted in: Pen O the Pastor Tags: church history

Grace Baptist began several years ago with a handful of believers who were attending a local Baptist church, but were longing to be fed more than “milk” from God’s Word. They were tired of the petty non-Biblical problems that seemed to plague most churches today and were desirous to be part of more than a “religious social club.”

In 1994 the church was constituted and called Pastor Hildebrandt to be the founding pastor. From the beginning GBC centered on the exposition of scripture through the centrality of preaching. There are no committees, there are no divisions, there are no “cliques,” and we've never had a bitter or nasty business meeting or anything of the kind.

There can be no disguising the fact that doctrinally centered and expositional preaching centered churches are not popular in our day. Yet God has been gracious and we have persevered, never wavering from the our stance for the Historic Christian Faith or our purpose of growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A little GBC trivia... When founded in 1994 Grace Baptist Church was originally called: First Baptist Church of Bayonet Point.

However, we felt that this name did not accurately reflect the doctrinal stand of our church... so in 1996 we changed our name to: Grace Baptist Church of West Pasco.

The reason we used "West Pasco" was because that was the general region in which we were located, however, at that time we did not yet own property so we had no specific town to call our permanent home.

When God was pleased to provide us with property in the area we had been praying for, it was actually located in what is really "Central Pasco."

When we considered that only those people who live in this immediate area even know where or what "Pasco" is (whether west or central, Pasco is the county in which we are located, just north of both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties), we elected to change the name to one that would be recognized nation wide, and reflect the broader region of our location: Grace Baptist Church of North Tampa Bay.