Our Story

How it all started...

Our history begins in the late 1800’s. Sometime after the Shady Grove Methodist Church was built in 1885 a three acre tract of land was deeded to Shady Grove Baptist Church by a man named Peyton Hale. Mrs. Icy Alexander White, a great-niece of Peyton and a granddaughter of James S. Alexander remembers, “Uncle Peyton was a stingy ole’ cuss and Grandpa had to pay him to deed the land.” However it happened, the church is still here today.

On September 10, 1888 Shady Grove Baptist Church was organized under the direction of Bro. Henry Money. Services were shared with the Methodist church until the building was constructed and in October, 1891 Shady Grove Baptist Church was dedicated with Bro. H. B. Pender conducting the service. The original cost of the building was $336.43 and it took five years to pay off the debt. For many years the two churches were known as the ‘Twin Churches’ because they were built alike.

The seven founding families called R.D. Campbell to be the first Pastor. In 1896 the first group of deacons were ordained. They were J. A. Stovall, B. M. Downing, and W. J. Morgan.   The church continued to grow through the years. The Sunday School was organized in October 1915 and the Training Union in January 1953. The Church became full time in May 1955.

The 1950’s and 1960’s brought more construction. Two new Sunday School rooms and a new auditorium were built. As in the past, the men of the church did a majority of the construction. The new auditorium, dedicated in March 1956 by Bro. Weldon Drake, was built with stained glass windows at a cost of $7,366.39. In August 1960, a new wing was constructed followed by the parsonage in 1963.

Shady Grove Baptist Church continued to thrive into the new millennium. In November 2006 the new Family Life Center was dedicated. Bro. Benny Chaffin was instrumental in its construction and was the guest speaker for the dedication service.

In January 2007 Dr. James Ralson was called to serve as pastor. In the summer of 2007, services were moved to the Family Life Center to accommodate a growing membership.
The Shady Grove staff was growing too. A Youth/Assistant Pastor position was added to better serve the younger members of the congregation.  By 2012 the Shady Grove congregation had out grown the Family Life Center. The church had to decide between conducting two worship services or expanding the facilities.

The decision was made to build and in 2013 a new sanctuary along with additional parking was completed.
In 2014 the old auditorium was remodeled to serve as the Youth Building and the old Sunday school room is now Shady Grove’s radio station, KSCG 92.9 FM.

In 2015, the church added a master suite to the parsonage. The church also purchased a church van and ministers by providing a way for people to come to church.
In 2020, Dr. James Ralson retired and Steve Ford, previously Shady Grove's Youth/Assistant Pastor, was called to serve as pastor. The next year, David Sleeper was called to serve as the Youth Pastor and in 2022, Wendy Ragle became Shady Grove's first Children's Minister.

In 2023, Steven McAbee became Shady Grove's pastor. We look forward to what God has in store for us with Steven leading us.

Over our 130 year history Shady Grove has flourished because of His goodness.  We look forward to you and your family being apart of a great story!

All Thanks Be Unto God!

Expanding the vision...

Like generations of believers before us, we are convinced that God changes lives through His Church, specifically as the Church remains faithful to its ministry of Word and the gospel. We live into this mission through our core values of worship, formation, belonging, and compassion.

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