Cove Baptist History
The first 6 months

On January 6, 2008, a group of fourteen (14) adults were invited to attend a Prayer Service at the home of Todd and Terena McCarter, 5022 Willow Creek Drive, Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763 at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting was for spiritual renewal and to seek God’s guidance in our lives. Those attending that meeting were:
Ronnie and Sonya Atchley
Todd and Terena McCarter
Rev. Doug, Jr and Amanda Browner
William F. (Billy) and Glenda Moody
Rev. Brad Hill
Eaton (Robbie) and Audrey Robinson
J.W. (Jake) and Janet Harden
Allen Willcutt
Seven children were present that night but did not take part in the meeting. They were: Audrey, Adam and Austin Browner and Cassidy, Natalie, Brady and Harmony McCarter

After Bro. Todd gave devotion from the Book of Nehemiah and we had a time of prayer, a discussion was held concerning the possibility of planting a new traditional Baptist Church in the Big Cove and Hampton Cove Communities of Huntsville, AL. It was decided that the group would continue as a Bible Study at the McCarter’s home on Sunday nights and would continue to seek God’s leadership in the planting of a new church.

As the number attending these Bible Studies increased on a weekly basis, it became clear that God was definitely leading in the direction of establishing a new church dedicated to reaching the lost and the unchurched in these communities.

On January 27, 2008, a business meeting was held for the purpose of discussing the details of establishing a new church. Among the items discussed were the name and the denomination of the church, a place to meet and the establishment of a finance committee. It was decided at this meeting that the Church would follow the doctrines of the Southern Baptist Convention.

On February 3, 2008, the group started a regular Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m. in addition to the Sunday night Bible Studies. The name Cove Baptist Church was chosen to indicate the area in which the church would be located and to unite our mission field between the two communities of Big Cove and Hampton Cove. Rev. Douglas Browner, Jr., was called and accepted the position as the first Pastor of Cove Baptist Church.

The slogan “Where Hearts Come Together” as suggested by Bro. Doug Browner, Jr., was chosen for the church and is based on scripture taken from John 17:21-23. A logo with a cross intertwined with a red heart was designed by Bro. Todd McCarter and adopted as the church’s official logo.

On April 6, 2008, the church held the first service in a leased house at 191 Terry Drake Road, Owens Cross Roads, AL and continues to meet at this house today. On April 27th the first public Profession of Faith was made by Kevin Clemons. The first Wednesday Night Prayer Service was held on May 7th and the first Vacation Bible School was held June 27-29th with a total enrollment of fifty-nine and with three professions of faith. On July 1st, the Women’s Ministries was established.

At a special called business meeting on July 30, 2008, the church voted to incorporate. The legal paperwork was completed and the Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Probate Judge’s Office on August 14, 2008. A Church Media Library was also established during the month of August.

On September 6th the church started Sunday School with five (5) classes: Adults, Youth, 3rd & 4th Grades, Kindergarten - 2nd Grade and Nursery/Toddlers with a total enrollment of forty-two (42).

We can look back and see how God has led and blessed this congregation over the past several months. All our needs have been supplied through God’s grace. We have seen God work in every area of the church from supplying our financial needs, our material needs and, most of all, our spiritual needs during this time of adjustments and decisions. The fellowship among our members is loving and supportive which makes it a joy to be a part of this congregation. We look forward with much anticipation and excitement to the future and to what great things God will do as we seek His Will and follow His leadership.
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