In 1973, Burnt Hickory Baptist Church began in West Cobb County. Rev. Buddy Crowder, along with seven families, began meeting in an old sign shop on the site of the old Due West Hardware Store (now housing the Bronze Monkey shop). First Baptist Church of Marietta provided support in the beginning, but the following year Olive Springs Baptist Church became our sponsoring church. They supported us with love, prayers, people and finances.
Within a short period of time, the first building - a sanctuary with classrooms in the basement - was built. The first service in that building was held on May 16, 1976. Burnt Hickory Baptist Mission constituted as a Southern Baptist Church on October 7, 1979, with 200 charter members. Larry Naylor was pastor at that time. As the church grew so did the demands for more Sunday School space. So with a step of faith, our first educational building was built. It was completed and dedicated on June 5, 1983, debt free.
In 1987, the Lord blessed Burnt Hickory Baptist Church by providing Mike Stephens as pastor. In response to God's continuous blessing and the growth of our county and church, two morning services were begun in April 1988. In August 1988, ground was broken for a new educational building to provide additional room for Sunday School and weekday preschool programs. This new facility was opened in October 1989.
In July 1994, ground was broken for a new building which included an 800-seat sanctuary, choir and office suite. This new facility was occupied on July 30, 1995.
In June 1999, the church voted to relocate to a new site. In April 2001, the church purchased 30 acres of land on Due West Road, approximately two miles from the original location. The current facility was occupied on September 12, 2004. This attractive facility has afforded us the opportunity to expand the ministry opportunities of BHBC.
As we reach more people for Christ, we have sufficient space for them to join our fellowship. In the years since we occupied our current facility, we have continued to experience significant growth from the families of our community.
Currently we have five Sunday morning worship services, beginning with our 8:30 Awakening Service, followed by two services at 9:30 and two services at 11:00. At each hour we have one service in the main worship center as well as the Gathering, our more contemporary worship, in the upstairs Radiate Auditorium. Our average weekly attendance in worship has risen to over 2,300 with 1,800 attending LifeGroup Bible study classes each week.