Our History

Garage Meeting Place
In April 2001, a group of folks of like-mind and doctrine sought to establish a church where they could serve the Lord and fulfill the commission of Romans 10 and II Corinthians 5:17-20, to preach the Gospel and reconcile the lost to Christ. We first met in the garage of one of the members and chartered the Philadelphia Baptist Church by May 2001; but we needed a building in which to meet. After much prayer, a small church building was rented and we met there for a couple of months.

Thomas' at SignMike Thomas in 2001Church in 2001

When the building was sold and no longer available to us, we again sought the Lord for a facility where we could meet and do the work of the ministry. We rented the band room of the Christian school at Legacy Center, and met there for several months.Band Room Church But during this time we prayed for the Lord to provide a more permanent place where the work could grow and would not be hindered by a schedule of shared use with the school. After many months a building was located in north Xenia, and we prayed and sought the Lord’s will. This building had previously been a Baptist church, but had closed several years earlier when the Pastor went home to be with the Lord. So this vacant building was in need of a congregation, but the deed to the property was in dispute and lawyers were not sure how to clear the title. An agreement was made with the disputing parties, and the property and building were deeded to our assembly.

Building before repairsFuture Home SignBuilding Inside Before Repairs

A loan was secured and we were able to do major repairs to the building and the lot to make it fit for use.

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New Church SignNew Church BuildingNew Building Side

On August 4, 2003, we held our first service in that new building the Lord gave us.

First Service in New Building

In January 2005, the first pastor resigned and we asked the Lord who should take his place. In May of 2005, the church voted unanimously for Pastor Michael Thomas to lead the congregation. We had 14 wonderful years of services and ministry with many ups and downs. We endeavored to reach every home in Xenia with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through our visitation/invitation ministry where we either visited or placed an invitation and tract pack on every door in Xenia multiple times.

In 2017, we experienced a great growth spurt and realized we were suffering because our building was small and didn’t have the facilities we needed to support the growth of our families and ministries. We began to pray for an opportunity, and in July of 2017, we found a new building for sale in Sugarcreek Township. This building was twice the size of our building in Xenia, and we made some arrangements to rent the building with the option to buy once our old building was sold. Things moved forward and we held our first full service on August 27, 2017 in the new building. We have settled in and will soon be closing on this building. We’ve already begun to expand and spread out with plans to grow our ministry to bring glory to God in Sugarcreek Township and the surrounding area.

Philadelphia Baptist Church is an old-fashioned church, holding to simple ways of worship and service to the Lord. We offer a place for the sincere Believer to come apart from the world and be refreshed and renewed by the Word of God, prayer, and fellowship with other Believers. We offer Christians the opportunity to worship God, to learn the doctrines of the Book, and to reach others with God’s message of repentance and faith. If you are looking for a church where you can use your skills and talents to glorify God, we have a work for you. If you are looking for a church where you can study the Word of God and develop a stronger relationship with the Lord, we are reserving a seat for you. And if you aren’t sure about the future or where you will spend eternity after you pass from this life, we have an invitation for you. Come visit us. We are looking forward to meeting you.