Location: Altus, Oklahoma
Pastor: Kevin Baker
Weekly Worship: 8:30 & 11:00 AM, Central
Fast Facts: Martha Road Baptist Church has a fascinating history. T.F Medlin traveled from Shreveport, LA in the 1880’s to begin an evangelistic ministry among the men and women who had settled along the route of the great cattle drives. It was among these people that a small country church was started. In 1889 with Rev T.F. Medlin as the founder and pastor, a small group of believers formed a church, which they called Fairview Baptist Church. Their meeting place was the local schoolhouse. There were twenty-four charter members and Judge Hullin was the first Sunday School Director.
In the early 1900’s the small community was officially named after Rev. Medlin’s daughter, Martha. The church’s name was then changed to the First Baptist Church of Martha. In 1905, the congregation built a frame building in which to meet. This building was located on School Street in Martha. In 1925, with great sacrifice, the congregation came together to finance the building of a brick sanctuary on Main Street in Martha.
In 1986, the church body voted to start a fund for the construction of a new building. On the urging and vision of a church Deacon named Bennie Cooper a change of building site was agreed upon and the name of the church was changed to Martha Road Baptist Church. A day of dedication and celebration marked by praise and the first official worship service in the new building was held on Sunday, October 29, 2000.
In 2009 the church began a second worship service to accommodate the growing number of people worshiping at Martha Road. On September 10, 2010 construction on the Family Life Center building started and was completed and opened on April 2014.
Please pray for Martha Road Baptist Church and their ongoing commitment to prayer and discipleship as well as for their upcoming outreach efforts through Pray & Go as well as their mission trip to Latvia later this year.
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