Gorman Baptist Church has an interesting past-its beginnings tell a colorful story. The little group that got together at Gorman in 1916 had found themselves without a church home. The Piney Grove Baptist Church, where they had been members on Hamlin Road had disbanded. Having a head start since they were a church without a home, things moved well with the new church in “the thriving little town of Gorman on the Southern Railroad”. The land was given by Charles T. Husketh.
These enterprising folks weren’t long getting into a building program and within that first year were proudly meeting in a new, white, frame church made with lumber that James T. Mayton had cut from his farm. This traditional church sanctuary served well for the busy congregation and years of growth and ministry passed by. The pastor at this time was Rev. James Lee Martin.
Perhaps the most significant growth occured during the seventeen year ministry of Z.B. Teel, Sr. (1921-1942). Membership skyrocketed from fifty-four in 1916 to two hundred fifty-six in 1937. Sunday School enrollment stood at two hundred forty. Few persons lived in Gorman in 1937 who were not professing Christians and most of them members of Gorman Baptist Church.
The original frame building constructed in 1916 served as the only meeting place until the first unit of the present brick building was built and entered in 1940, near the close of Z.B. Teel’s ministry with the church. The present educational building was begun in 1950. The sanctuary was enlarged, modernized and refurnished in the early part of Victor Dowd’s ministry (1954-1963). Most of the educational building and the sanctuary were air conditioned in the late 1950’s. Rev. Julian M. Motley became pastor on May 1, 1963 until July 31, 1993.
After Rev. Motley came several other pastors and interims until our current pastor, Dr. C.J. Bordeaux, came in September 2008. We are very excited about what the Lord has in store for Gorman in the years to come!
- Original church was built in 1916
- Brick church was built in 1940
- Parsonage was built in 1947
- Education building was built from 1951-1953
- Steeple was added and Sanctuary renovated in 1955
- The children’s building was built in 1975
- Sanctuary was renovated again in 1984.
- Family Life Center building was built in 1990.
- Gorman Christian Academy built their own building in 1992.
- The Welcome Center was enclosed in 2011
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the HOUSE OF THE LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. Psalm 27:4 (NASB)