Shady Grove General Baptist Church exists to equip, encourage, and empower people to live their purpose in Christ. We are a family of individuals that have found hope and purpose in Jesus, and we want you to find that same hope and purpose for your life. We are a church that seeks to love God and love others. We seek to make disciples who make disciples just as Christ commanded us in Matthew 28. We are a church located in Poole, KY who believes that God can do amazing things in small places.
Shady Grove General Baptist Church was established in 1842. Not much is known about the church from 1842-1860 due to the lack of records. However, Shady Grove General Baptist Church was re-organized on Saturday, April 8, 1860, by a Presbytery consisting of G. P. Cavanaugh, and Isaac Henry. Charter members were Henry Wise, Isaac Allen, William Woodward and William G. Sammons. It was a union church.
Elder Isaac henry was elected the first pastor of the church in 1860 and served faithfully for many years. In the same year Henry Wise was ordained as a deacon at Mt. Lebanon Church in Webster County, Ky.
during the Civil War church activities were low and services were few. In April of 1863 the church began to function again.
The church experienced a great religious awakening under the pastorate of Rev.. M. B. Covington. Many were saved and united with the church. The last revival in the old church house was held by a woman, Sister Butler.
The old union church was owned by the Methodist, Missionary and General Baptists. It was sold and torn down in 1903. In the same year the present church was erected. It was dedicated by Rev. John E. Cox in June of 1905. A basement was added to the church in 1947 and a building fund was set up under the pastorate of Rev. E. Y. Laslie.
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What does our future look like? Shady Grove General Baptist Church is committed to fulfilling Christ’s mission from Matthew 28 to make disciples and equip them to follow Christ. We strive to relentlessly reach the lost in our community and introduce them to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We continue to work to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere where it is ok to not be ok. We want people like you to come before God with your struggles and difficulties without the fear of rejection or judgement from others. When you walk in to Shady Grove, we want you to be able to come as you are and feel loved.
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Shady Grove General Baptist Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the Shady Grove family. We want to see how we can join you on your journey through life to serve you, help you, challenge you, and let you know that life is better together in Christ. We want to invest in you, to equip and empower you to find and live out your purpose in Christ!