What do we believe at Holly Grove?
Holly Grove Baptist Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and holds to basic Southern Baptist beliefs, doctrines, and practices. To read more in depth about our beliefs, click here read about our statement of faith and practices.
What are Sunday mornings like at Holly Grove Baptist Church?
You will find a loving group of people who enjoy time to worship and fellowship together. We love having guests in Sunday School and worship service. Sunday School begins at 9:45AM and Worship service is at 11AM. We believe you will be welcomed as part of the family, and you will enjoy worshiping with us as we magnify the name of Jesus Christ together.
What should I wear to a HGBC service?
You will see all types of clothing at Holly Grove. Some wear suits and ties, while others come in more relaxed and less formal clothing. Regardless of what you wear, we want people to come with a heart that anticipates connecting with the Holy God in worship.
Where should I bring my children when I visit HGBC?
We will assist you in finding the nursery or the proper Sunday School classroom for your child. A friendly usher will give you all the information you will need and escort you to the right place.
What is Sunday School?
Joining a Sunday School Class is a great way to become quickly involved in the life of the Church. In Sunday School, adults, teens and children come together for Bible study, fellowship, outreach, and ministry. We will help you find the appropriate class where you can meet new people and hopefully begin lifelong relationships with people who love the Lord. Sunday School is the place where you can be anchored and plugged in to the ministry of the church.
HISTORY OF HOLLY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Holly Grove Baptist Church, located in the Holly Grove Community, was organized July 24th, 1902, after a tent meeting held by Reverend G.A. Ogle and C.S. Dillon. There had been many conversations about organizing from the large number of Baptists living in the community. The church is located 10 miles from Murfreesboro, three miles from Highway 231.
The following Presbytery was elected, some from other churches. Reverend G.A. Ogle was elected chairman; D.C. Vaughter was elected clerk. The following also served: Reverend E.S. Bryan, Reverend S.B. Ogle, W.H. Alsup, R.E. Jarman and J.C. Leamon. The church adopted the Declaration of Faith, Church Covenant and Rules of Order set forth by J.N. Bryan.
The church adjourned to meet August 16th, 1902. Holly Grove Church met in conference August of 1902. Committees reported on location for the church. Billy Lester and his wife would give land for the church to build on. A motion was made to receive the land as a gift. The motion carried and the committee discharged.
The committee reported on buying New Liberty for $50. A motion was made and carried by the church to accept the offer. The men of the church tore down and moved the lumber to its location and solicited funds to rebuild it. The church met at the Rock Dale Schoolhouse for Sunday services until the church was complete.
The church was completed in March of 1903 and painted white, inside and out. Twenty-five charter members were enrolled.
On April 29th, 1909, the building was destroyed by a tornado. Reverend C.B. Dillon was pastor at the time. The congregation got busy and by October of 1909, a new building was ready to occupy.
Holly Grove has held Sunday School since the church was organized, but Training Union and the Women's Missionary Society came later.
Over time, the church continued to expand its facilities for the community. Sunday school rooms were added to each side of the main building in the 1950's. In the 1970's, volunteers built a fellowship hall and restrooms.
Under the prayerful consideration by then Pastor Marvin Eaglan and the deacons, a building fund plan was presented to the church in 2001 and passed by its members. It was also during that time the church began to prayerfully ask the Lord for more land in which to build.
In May of 2002, Mr. Ray Hall gave Holly Grove a portion of land next to the existing property, in the name of his late wife Ophelia Hall, and in honor of the children of the church. Also, a portable classroom was purchased as additional classroom space for a growing children's ministry. In the same year, the church celebrated 100 years of service to the Lord.
While building funds were being raised by the church body, the Lord answered prayers with a donation of land from Sanford and Delores Campbell in 2006 that would allow for discussion of additional facilities to begin.
In 2007, a donation of land by Ms. Jimmie Joyce and an agreement to purchase additional acreage allowed the church to enter into a long awaited construction phase. Under the direction of deacons Donald Jordan, Robert Maynard, James Barrett, Bryan Barrett, Gerald Boone and treasurer Sandra Jordan, plus strategic planning from Trinity Group, construction began.
While the building project took a couple of years and many volunteer hours from dedicated members of the church, Holly Grove was able to double its facilities by 2010 with new restrooms, classrooms, a nursery and fellowship space. The Lord blessed the project, which was completed debt-free.
During the planning of the addition in 2010, future expansion space was planned out for a sanctuary in front of the addition with another future phase in the rear of the addition for classrooms. Also, the strategic plan allowed for ample parking for the expanded facilities as needed.
With its rich history, Holly Grove Baptist Church continues to be a beacon to the growing Walter Hill and Lascassas communities. The church's members are excited and looking forward to as many years of service the Lord allows as we prayerfully "reach out to offer hope" to this community.
"History of Holly Grove" as compiled by members Allie Lee Pearcy, Jonathon Jordan and Bryan Barrett.