About Union Baptist Church...Uniting People With God
Union Baptist Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Our doctrinal statement is expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message. The SBC’s Baptist Faith and Message can be found here.
Message from the Pastor
Please allow me to invite you to join us at Union Baptist Church. If you are looking for a church home in this area, I hope you will prayerfully consider Union Baptist Church. We are a growing, bible-believing congregation with a love for God and a heart for people. If you have not yet trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, I pray you will give your life to Him and then follow Him in baptism.
Pastors and Staff
Tim started at Union Baptist Church on June 5, 2000 as the Senior Pastor. Prior to Union, he was the Pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Edgefield, South Carolina. The most influential ministry experience was when he went on his first mission trip to Guatemala. “It changed everything for me, the way I see God, understand the kingdom and kingdom work and the church itself. I was changed forever”. When he isn’t in the pulpit, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin, daughters, Rachel and Sarah, and son-in-law Justin. Tim also enjoys golfing and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. His favorite Bible verse is John 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”.
~Worship and Outreach Pastor
Brandon began his ministry at Union Baptist Church in June of 2008 as a bi-vocational Worship Pastor while completing his education. A year later Brandon became the full time Worship and Outreach Pastor. A ministry experience that changed Brandon’s life was when he realized God had called him to be a Worship Pastor because He had prepared Brandon to serve Him in that way. When he isn’t at church, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife Monica and his children, Noah, Madelynn, and Avery, and watching the Dawgs play on Saturday. His favorite bible verse is Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”.
~Student and Missions Pastor
Daryl joined UBC as the Student and Missions Pastor in August of 2006 after serving ten years as a bi-vocational youth pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Senoia, GA. God has developed a passion in Daryl’s heart for international mission work through a short-term mission trip to Guatemala in 2004, which has led to multiple trips to share the Gospel in other Nations, including Cambodia and Venezuela. Outside of church Daryl enjoys spending time with his wife Beth, son Micah, and a number of outdoor activities including running, hiking, and fishing. His favorite bible verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God”.
Matthew joined Union Baptist Church as the Discipleship Pastor in February 2016. Prior to his calling at UBC, he completed his Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He has served in many temporary and long-term ministry positions since 2010. His passion for ministry is international missions and discipleship. God has allowed him to serve at several churches in Griffin, New Orleans, and Wyoming. God has also taken him to Venezuela, South Africa, Canada, and Israel to visit the Holy Land. Matthew enjoys reading his Bible, running, swimming, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with friends. His most influential ministry experience was while on his trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, he witnessed to a little boy who had never heard about Jesus; the reality that there are billions like him who have never even heard the name of Jesus had a great impact on his life. His favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:8-9, which says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.”
Shannon joined Union in October 2007 as the first church secretary. Before her time at Union she homeschooled her two sons, Kyle and Skyler. “Working at a church had been a lifelong ‘dream job’ for me. I have the great pleasure of serving the pastor, staff, members, and community in a wide variety of ways. Most of what I do is administrative, but every day brings new adventures!” Shannon has a passion for photography and also enjoys volunteering and being part of a positive change in the community through participation in local government and community events. The most influential ministry experience Shannon has faced was through the Federal Summer Feeding Program in Spalding County during the summer of 2014. Shannon and her husband Roy have five sons, Jeremy, Nathan, Brandon, Kyle, and Skyler. The four oldest live and work in South Georgia, and the youngest is in college. Her favorite bible verse is Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which in in Christ Jesus our Lord”.
On September 3, 1849, fifteen people met at Breed’s Schoolhouse for the purpose of organizing a Baptist Church. Union Baptist Church was the result of that meeting.
The first church was a one room schoolhouse with a dirt floor. The first church building was built in 1853 on property which was then part of Henry County. The sanctuary was built in 1887 and remodeled in 1964. The first Sunday School rooms were built in 1949. They were replaced with a new addition, which included classrooms, fellowship hall and baptistery, and was dedicated on February 29, 1976. A pastorium was built by the men of the church, with help from neighbors, in 1961.
The first Deacon ordained at Union Baptist Church was S.N. Booles on May 22, 1852. Mr. Booles was one of the original fifteen that met to organize the church. It was five years before another Deacon was ordained.
In November 1890, one half acre of land was set aside and cleared for a cemetery. Mrs. Dora Steele Hattaway was laid to rest on November 2, 1892, the first burial in the new cemetery.
Acetylene gas lights were installed in the church in 1914. Mr. T.R. Nutt provided acetylene gas to the church at no charge for eighteen years. In 1938 the church was wired for electricity.
During World War II, fourteen men from our church served their country in the military. Two, Ravel Apple and Connell Patrick, did not return.
A Centennial Celebration was held in 1949, and many were recognized for their service to Union Baptist Church and our Lord. In the first one hundred years, three men had been called and sent out to preach the gospel. Their names and ordination dates were: Dr. T.J. Mitchell, M.D., 1891; William J. Smith, 1905; L. Wilson Walker, 1926. Also, there were 21 Deacons and 13 Church Clerks during the first one hundred years. Mr. D.L. Patrick was elected clerk in April of 1868 and served for 37 years. Later, Miss Frances Nutt served in the same capacity for 38 years. In 1949, there were 121 members.
On November 10, 1957, Swinton Futch was called as pastor. He led the church from meeting two Sundays each month to meeting each Sunday and became the first full time pastor. From 1969 to 1973, Union Baptist Church sponsored the Pomono Baptist Mission.
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In 2000, the area to the north of the church in Henry County was experiencing a tremendous building boom and growth was rapidly moving south. Timothee’ E. Conort was called as pastor on June 4, 2000, and almost immediately the church began to see an increase of new members. In only a few months there was a shortage of space for worship, education, and fellowship.
In October of 2000, Pastor Tim Conort and six other leaders from the church went to the north Georgia mountains for a prayer retreat, seeking a vision from the Lord for the direction of the church. Those seven men returned with a clear vision for the immediate future of the church. That vision was to meet the spiritual needs of a growing community that was changing from a rural environment to one of large scale housing developments.
The church body embraced the vision and voted unanimously to support it. The most pressing need was for a larger facility, and a land search committee was formed and began exploring options. They started at the church property looking for land to purchase, and when none was available began to expand their search. After several months the Lord led the group to a 34 acre hay field, 3.5 miles away on North McDonough Road, our present location.
That was the beginning of a series of adventures of walking by faith and simply trusting the Lord to provide. In 2002 the church was still small in numbers and resources were extremely limited. But, over the next eight years the church saw the membership grow and their faith deepen as the Lord performed miracle after miracle in providing for the needs at each phase of the process. From the purchase of the land to the completion of the new facility, God faithfully provided.
Construction began on the new facility on July 31, 2005. The entire building, Phase I, of approximately 25,000 square feet was built but due to limited funds only half of the inside was finished. The first service was held on May 21, 2006. Over the next four years Phases II, III, and IV were completed and additional parking was added. On May 2, 2010 the sanctuary, the last unfinished part of the building, was dedicated.
Today there are no plaques in the facility to honor the individuals who helped accomplish this relocation and construction. Only God receives the glory and the credit for what was accomplished.
About the time of the initial construction, four families asked if they could buy the original church property and facilities for the purposes of planting a new church. This was accomplished and Ringgold Baptist Mission was established. One year later they constituted into Ringgold Baptist Church, a sister church that was birthed out of Union Baptist Church.
Union Baptist Church began over 161 years ago with 15 charter members. Many saints have kept the church alive over these years. May each who are part of this body today be found faithful in serving our Lord Jesus Christ as we continue to serve Him in reaching this community, state, nation, and world.
Since September 1849, thirty one pastors have served Union Baptist Church.