MONTICELLO BAPTIST CHURCH
Friday, August 23, 2019
A Church of Faith, Fellowship, and Love

Our History

Founded in the Early 1800's

Monticello Baptist Church was constituted as Shoal Creek in the early 1800’s while this area was part of Baldwin County.  The church, located off Madison Highway 83, was a member of the Georgia Association.  In 1807 the State Legislature split Baldwin County to form Randolph (renamed Jasper in 1812), and three other counties.  On November 10, 1807, a committee appointed by the Georgia Association met and constituted 24 churches, including Shoal Creek, into the new Ocmulgee Association.  Our 63 members were now part of the 1200 making up the 5th Baptist Association in Georgia.
 
As Jasper County and Monticello grew & developed, the members of Shoal Creek built a new place of  worship in the county seat of Monticello in 1826.  Our messengers to the Ocmulgee Association’s yearly meeting were recorded as being from Ephesus – Monticello. In 1828 the Georgia Baptist Convention held its 7th annual meeting at Ephesus and Reverend Jesse Mercer served as moderator. In 1836, our Church joined the Central Association at its 3rd annual meeting, and thereafter was referred to as Monticello Baptist Church.  In 1864 our church building was remodeled after Sherman’s forces ravaged the area on their march to the sea at Savannah.  When the Central Association met here in 1867, Monticello had only 18 members who met for church once a month.
 
In May 1901, the original church building was torn down.  The new church building officially opened on June 25, 1902, for a Wednesday night prayer meeting.  Later, a pastorium and Sunday School classroom annex were added. This second Church building served its members and community for over sixty years. 
 
In the 1960’s, Rev. Francis Stewart led the congregation in establishing a church building fund.  In 1967 ground breaking was held for a new brick building, and Reverend Dean Crocker led the congregation through the completion of the new building which held   its first service on May 28, 1968. 
 
Major additions to the church were made in 1992, which included the Fellowship Hall, offices, and more Sunday School classrooms downstairs.  The last complete renovations to the church were made in 2003, with the most notable changes being the installation of an elevator and the remodeling of the sanctuary.  The final noteworthy change to our church was on September 2008, when Dr. Bob & Roxann Whitmire joined our congregation!