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Growing with a community
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The Hall family (l-r) Samantha, Sherri, Pastor Timothy and Jacob. - photo by Photo provided.
Elim Church Road is not just another country road with a few houses scattered along it. These days, with the growth in housing throughout the county, Elim Church Road (which is off Highway 196 west of Hinesville) is a fast growing area. New houses and subdivisions are being built, and people are moving into this once-quiet community and becoming members of the various churches.
Elim Baptist Church is one of the recipients of this increase in members and visitors. The church has an average Sunday morning worship attendance of 150-175.
Not only is the church getting new members, but it gained a new pastor in March 2006. Pastor Timothy Hall of Paterson is enjoying his tenure as pastor. Hall has been in the ministry since 1987 and was ordained in 1989. His first pastorate was Bristol (Ga.) Baptist Church.
He has served as pastor in Georgia, Alabama and Texas. He served as pastor of Elam Baptist Church in Ariton, Ala., First Baptist Church in Newark, Texas, Red Hill Baptist Church in Jesup and Hoboken Baptist Church in.
Elim Baptist celebrated its 150th church anniversary with homecoming services on the first Sunday in May. Some of the ministries at Elim include the Approved Workmen are not Ashamed (AWANA) program for the youths, vacation Bible school (which is scheduled for June 10-15), Sunday school and deacons and women’s mission ministries.
“We also have a church-wide Sunday school picnic in the fall and a fall festival,” Hall said.
“With all the new members, my vision is for our church to become as significant a part of their lives as it is for the local people. We have a loving and caring church that is reaching out,” he said.
Elim Baptist has about 40 percent of its members affiliated with the military. Some are retirees, members of the National Guard or active duty.
“Some of the military members are in Iraq and others are scheduled to deploy shortly,” the pastor said.
Hall credits Dr. J. W. Lee, his Old Testament professor in Bible college, with helping to shape his ministry.
“He helped me begin to see and understand the scriptures in ways I have never seen before. He instilled a deep love for the Old Testament in me,” Hall said.
He is currently pursuing a doctor of ministry in expository preaching from Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He has a bachelor’s of arts in theology from Florida Baptist Theological College in Graceville, Fla.; and a master’s of divinity in Biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Hall has performed mission work in Ohio, West Virginia, Nicaragua and Alaska. He has also visited Israel.
In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and hunting. He is married to Sherri Hall. They are the proud parents of two children, Samantha and Jacob. Jacob is a 2007 graduate of Brantley County High School.
While Hall is a full-time pastor, Sherri Hall is the head secretary/bookkeeper at Brantley High School in Nahunta.
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