About our history
Ridgeway Baptist Church was organized in 1913 with 22 charter members. A group of people decided that there was a need for a church in this part of the community which was considered the Turnpike at that time. Hominy Baptist is our mother church, and a circuit rider was the pastor who preached at several churches in the area. The land was purchased from Mrs. S. J. Luther for $100.00. It took about a year to build the little one room wood frame church that used to sit on the west side of this building. Men of the community cut and hauled logs to a saw mill in the Morgan Cove. Uncle Dock Morgan, being a man of more means, furnished a team of oxen and men to work them. The first service was held on March 21, 1914. We celebrated our Centennial year celebrations in 2014 with Rev. Jackie Collins as pastor. We have had a total of 17 pastors and two interim pastors over the first 100 years.
The church decided that we needed a bigger building and the ground breaking for the new church took place in 1961. The bottom part of the building was completed and the first service was held on June 3, 1962. We sold the old building for $100. The sanctuary and the rest of the building was completed and dedicated on November 28, 1965 with other improvements made in future years. Pastors as well as members have come and gone, but Ridgeway has remained a light on the hill.
About our church
Ridgeway Baptist Church is a sovereign and democratic Baptist church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We are committed to the cause of sharing Christ with the world through cooperation with the Buncombe Baptist Association, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and the Southern Baptist Convention. We declare that Jesus Christ is the only way to life and happiness and eternal life. We believe in the authority of the Holy Bible which is the infallible, inerrant Word of God. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, rose triumphantly from the grave and will come again in power and glory.
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