And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

2 Corinthians 9:8

History

In late summer of 1952, a group of about 60 people, some who were just curious spectators, met together to sing, pray and hear a simple message from God’s Word in the yard of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Thaxton in Moneta, VA.  This was the first meeting of what would later become Robertson Baptist Church.

On October 11, 1952, an organizational meeting was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mattox.  Rev. Ralph Norwood led in the organization of the church and became its first pastor.  Mr. James Nance was elected as moderator, Mrs. Bernice Huddleston as Secretary-Treasurer, and the name of Robertson Baptist Church was selected.  In the same month, Mr. George W. Holdren gave three acres of land on which to build a church.  A small building was started and the cost was about $10,000.00.

On November 29, 1952, the church was formally organized.  The meeting took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mattox.  Rev. F. A. Brumfield, Rev. Elbert M., Yeatts, Rev. Joseph B. Salmons, Rev. Charles Grosholz, and Rev. Robert B. Layman helped with the organization of the church.  Rev. Jimmie Jones, a layman at the time, and Rev. Aubrey Dooley, a ministerial student, also helped with the organization.

God blessed this young church. The pastor and people worked hard and gave sacrificially and as a result a new building (the present fellowship hall) was started in 1955 and completed in August of 1957.  Upon completion of the new auditorium, the church decided to change its name to Grace Memorial Baptist Church from Robertson Baptist Church.  In December of 1971, the church began construction of the Sunday school wing of the church.  The building was completed in June of 1972.  The church parking lot was paved in 1978, and the basement of the auditorium was remodeled in 1979 and 1980.  The auditorium was remodeled in 1991 and a two-car garage for the church van and lawn mower was built in 1992.  On Sunday, August 13, 2006, the church had a ground breaking service to begin it’s new 350 seat auditorium which included a baptistery, 6 new classrooms, an attractive and spacious lobby, ample bathrooms, a well-equipped nursery, and a new parking lot.  The Lord blessed in many ways and the new building was completed and dedicated on June 7, 2009.  Early in 2010 the church began to discuss the remodeling of the auditorium that GMBC had used for over 50 years into a fellowship hall with a nice warming kitchen in the area where the choir loft and baptistery used to be.  The church decided to begin the project on a cash basis and again the Lord blessed.  We are nearing completion of this project, and our desire is to finish this project by our 60th Homecoming/Anniversary celebration on September 30, 2012.

God has blessed our church with a total of almost 7 acres of beautiful land in the heart of Bedford County, Virginia.

Rev. Norwood served as pastor for the first six years of the church’s existence.  He submitted his resignation on July 6, 1958 and it became effective on August 17, 1958.  On November 5, 1958, the church extended a call to Rev. Elwood McQuaid to become its pastor.  He began his ministry on December 7, 1958.  Rev. McQuaid served as pastor until July of 1962.  He submitted his resignation on June 7, 1962, which became effective on July 5, 1962.  The church extended a call to Rev. Howard K. Talley to become its pastor on August 29, 1962.  He began his ministry at the church on September 9, 1962, and served faithfully as pastor until the Lord called him home on April 25, 2000.  During Pastor Talley’s illness, Pastor George Law assisted the church as Associate Pastor.  Upon Pastor Talley’s home going, Greg Rogers, who had been voted in as assistant Pastor in October of 1999, assumed the pastorate.  Pastor Rogers began his Pastoral ministry on May 7, 2000, and continues to serve in that capacity at this present time.  In August, 2002, the church voted to call Dustin Rogers as full time Youth Pastor and he started on September 1, 2002 in that capacity until the Lord moved him to Lincoln, Nebraska in March of 2009 to serve as the senior pastor of Heritage Bible Church.  On March 4, 2009 the Church voted to call Bro. Tom McGowan as full time assistant pastor and he served in that capacity till December 31, 2012.  On March 7, 2012 the Church voted to call Bro. David Reed as our part-time youth pastor.  He began his ministry on May 1, 2012 and served in that capacity till April 9th, 2017.  God has richly blessed the ministry of these pastors and members of Grace Memorial Baptist Church.

Several have gone out from GMBC into full-time Christian ministry.  Those who went out into the pastorate are; Maurice Wheat, Richard Dooley, Roy Smith, Terry Overstreet, Charlie Jones, and Dustin Rogers.  Bro. Cody Bill and wife Amy went out to full time service at Southland Baptist Camp in Louisiana.

GMBC began an annual Missions Conference in October of 2000 which has become one of the highlights of our year.  The church is presently supporting 38 home and foreign missionaries, or agencies.

Our Missionaries and mission agencies include:  VAIB—Bro. Eddy Aliff, Sandston, VA; Armed Forces Baptist Missions, Chesapeake, VA; Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC; Mike & Linda Casillas, Puerto Rico;  Stanley & Marvine Cline, Harrisonburg, VA; Bill & Glenda Davis, Germany; Frank & Sherry DiBagno, Italy; Mike & Madelaine Dodgens, Spain; Jo Ann Dove, Michigan [retired]; Chuck & Pam Evans, Brazil; Ed & Mary Frampton, IBJM-Dixon, TN; Nathan & Diane Fray, Brazil; Frontline Missions International, Greenville, SC; Kelly & Rebecca Gilliam, Australia; Russell & Judy Gordon, VA-[retired]; John  & Anna Kay Haskell, Netherlands; Dalton & Norma Heath, NC; Butch & Bonnie Jarvis, Florida [retired]; Jonathan & Catherine Johnson, China; Tim & Debbie Keesee, Frontline Missions Int’l Director; Joel & Rachel Kirby, South Africa; Greg & Heather Murray, Music-Pelletier Evangelism Team; Piedmont International University, Winston-Salem, NC; Rapidan Baptist Camp, Rochelle, VA; Jeff and Jayne Reason, Nova Scotia, Canada; Col Tyler & Cathy Ryberg, WMBM-Belleville, IL; Mike & Ruth Schell, Hawaii/Pacific Islands; Lonnie Schmid, Ontario, Canada; Stan & Grace Shelton, Austria; Tony & Debbie Shelton, Austria; Chee Hua & Mun Too Soh, China; Dale Taggart, Navajo Indians in Arizona; Don & Lisa Thatcher, Ireland; Mike & Nikki Washer, National Hoops; and Bob & Polly Whitmore, Yap.

In 2009, the church began an outreach program called “G.R.O.W.” which the LORD has used as an outreach and encouragement ministry to our community.

GMBC presently has seven faithful men who are serving as deacons.  They are Mr. Robert Burge, Mr. John Manley, Mr. Steve Wood, Mr. Tim Overstreet, Mr. Mr. Arthur Meador, Mr. David Stephens, and Mr. Darrel Tice.

GMBC adopted as its motto, “A friendly Place to Grow in Grace”.  Many who have visited have given testimony to the genuine friendliness of its people.

We give thanks to the LORD for all He has done here at Grace Memorial Baptist Church and we want all the glory to go to HIM, for we know that without HIM we could do nothing. [John 15:5]

All those involved here at GMBC have learned that 2 Corinthians 9:8 is absolutely true; 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: and we look forward to “every good work” that He will do in and through us till He returns for us.

Service Times

Sunday
10:00 AM - Sunday School
11:00 AM - Morning Worship
6:00 PM - Evening Worship
Wednesday
7:00 PM - Bible Study & Prayer
Truth Trackers Children's Program
Youth Group Bible Study