The History of Baker's Grove Baptist Church

     The start of Baker's Grove Baptist Church began in 1884, as people came to worship under shade trees and later a brush arbor.   When Granny Baker, donated the land  the community decided to erect a building so members could worship whether in rain,  sleet or snow.   With no money to hire the work to be done the church men, friends, family, and neighbors worked side by side giving their time and labor while others furnished lumber and nails by the keg.

     On February 10, 1884 the church was organized and name Seven Points Church.  The decision was made on March 15, 1884 to change the name to Baker's Grove Baptist Church.  On June 13, 1884 the church borrowed $50 to finish the building and $19.70 to finish the seats.  The very first service was held in the new building on June 29, 1884.  Later that month Baker's Grove sent it's first messengers to the Concord Association and was admitted to the association on July 19, 1884. 

     The very first revival, August 1884,  was preached by Bro. G.A. Ogle which ran for four days, during the revival the church added eleven new members and a total of $21 was received in collections.  On, August 16, 1884 the Sunday school was organized, a superintendent, secretary and three teachers were elected.   In January 1885, the congregation called their first pastor, Rev. John P. Gilliam.  The first Lord's Supper was observed in February 1886, the first church and the first dinner on the grounds was held in May 1887.   On October 13, 1938, Baker's Grove Baptist Church, joined the Nashville Baptist Association. The first budget was adopted in January of 1956 and later that year the first Brotherhood was organized.  In 1965 the church had to be tore down and many church members lost there land as construction began on Percy Priest Dam.    

     The church survived and was rebuilt in 1965 on its present location.  Today Baker's Grove,  continues to be a loving and giving church as  we continue to worship God.  The church supports missions, welcomes new members, ministers to the community and continues to enjoying  fellowship together in the body of Christ.

   

Pastor - Ron Hardeman

     Bro. Ron,  joined Baker's Grove Baptist Church as an Associate Pastor and Worship Leader in the fall of 2014.  He attended Welch College in Nashville and majored in Bible and Pastoral Administration.

He also studied at  Samford University, Beeson Divinity School and took seminary classes in New Orleans.   Upon the retirement of Pastor Bobby Devine in 2016, Bro. Ron Hardeman became  Pastor of Baker's Grove.   He brings thirty-five years of  pastoral experience to the church and has pastored in Alabama as well as Tennessee.  Bro. Ron currently lives in Mt. Juliet, TN were he and his wife Loretta recently celebrated thirty-six years of  marriage.   The couple have one daughter, Sara, and four grandchildren. 

Deacons - Tim Spoon, Ken Pritchett,  and Brian Short

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

                                                                                              I Timothy 3:8 - 10 NIV

Sound Room - David Jones, Todd Moser and Emily Short

The sound room operators hear what the congregation hears.  These individuals contribute to the overall worship experience.  They manage DVD's, podcast feeds, multi-media presentations, and making sure the music is mixed properly.