Tri City Baptist Millbrook AL

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Tri City Baptist – Millbrook, Alabama

Tri City Baptist - Five years young!!

Tri City Baptist - Five years young!!

Wow!” I almost shouted. “A Roman Catholic church converted into a Baptist lighthouse of truth. I remember it as dark and dingy. Now it is bright and lovely. And I get to preach the gospel in it!” During the first week of June, Claudia and I enjoyed serving in Alabama where I preached a teen rally at Tri City Baptist Church, a five-year young church that we helped plant in 2003.

Millbrook, AL, is a rapidly growing city just outside Montgomery. In 2003, God began to burden Pastor Tom Woodfin and another man for lost souls in Millbrook. It was obvious that someone needed to plant a conservative, soul-winning church. Pastor Woodfin, a Bob Jones University graduate and full-time prison chaplain, contacted me in October. God had opened the heart of a local lawyer who allowed the church to use his vacant office space, charging only for utilities. Claudia and I spent a month in Millbrook helping remodel the facility that would become their first meeting place.  We hung drywall, painted, cleaned, and moved in furnishings for their first service on November 9, 2003.

God soon sent the first families of Tri City Baptist Church, all suitably gifted and equally burdened to see souls come to Christ. During that first year they canvassed every home in Millbrook and surrounding areas, leaving an invitation to the church and the plan of salvation on every door. Then God opened the door to rent a large storefront on a main thoroughfare where the church met for three and a half years. As the church slowly grew, it became a family of folks who worshipped, visited, canvassed, prayed, served, grieved, and rejoiced together. To reach more souls, they began to pray fervently for a permanent church home. In January, 2008, we spent a weekend with Pastor Woodfin and looked at several possible land sites for the church. Our favorite site already had a church building on it – a Roman Catholic one. Located on 11 acres of land on the main highway through town, it was up for sale.

Rally time in new auditorium

Rally time in new auditorium

After much prayer and negotiation, Tri City signed a contract to purchase the land and building on July 31, 2008. This young church plant is able to afford a mortgage because Pastor Woodfin continues to work full time as a prison chaplain. The church members worked hard for months to remodel, repaint, and renew the building into a lovely, comfortable place of worship. When I first saw the building, it looked sad with its dingy, rust-colored brown exterior. It is now bright, comfortable and pleasant inside and out. The fellowship hall has dividers to create 4-5 classrooms and the building includes a nursery, restrooms, kitchen and pastor’s study. An upstairs apartment is being renovated to become the home of an assistant pastor or summer intern. Tri City averages in the 50s on Sunday mornings and will have Vacation Bible School in June. Pray that some boys and girls will trust Christ, with opportunities to reach parents.

A winner!!

A winner!!

God worked at the teen rally. He gave good attendance and spiritual decisions among teens and adults. It was a treat to stay over on Sunday and preach in all services. With a lovely building in a prime location, plenty of room for expansion, and a pastor and people burdened for souls, the future of Tri City looks excellent!

Dave РJune  2009

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