Park Baptist Church
Trusting in God's Word × to Live God's Way × For God's Glory
Park Baptist Church is comprised of baptized believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Fulfilling the Great Commandment and Commission
We strive to do everything, whether word or deed, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Spirit to the glory of God the Father. We believe that God has given us a perfect record in the Holy Scriptures to provide us with all that we need for life and godliness. We desire to live as a holy and faithful community as we seek to fulfill the Great Commandment:
And the Great Commission:
What We Believe
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717 E. Main Street
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Pastor David Kiehn - Senior Pastor
Rev. Kiehn began his ministry at Park Baptist Church on July 1 st, 2012. He most recently served as the Residential Director of the New Horizons Family Center, a group home for teenage mothers and their children in the foster care system. He graduated with a B.A. in Intellectual History from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Masters of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing his PhD in North American Missiology as SEBTS as well. He is the author of two books, The Lord Calls Sinners and Guard Your Soul. Rev. Kiehn started his career through the Teach for America program, teaching both High School History and Mathematics at Dunbar Senior High School in Washington, D.C. Following his teaching career, Rev. Kiehn took over leadership of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Washington, D.C. He is married to his beautiful wife, Ellen, and they have three children, Elizabeth, John David and Olivia.
Casey Espich - Director of Youth and Outpost Ministry
Casey Espich has been working with the youth at Park Baptist since September of 2013. Originally from Kentucky, Casey moved to Rock Hill in 2007 to work with Young Life. He is working on his undergrad in History at Winthrop University and will graduate in the spring of 2016. He has been married to his lovely wife, Anna, for five years. They are expecting a baby in December.
Wade Belk - CHOIR DIRECTOR
Wade was called as the music director for Park in January 2000. He was formerly the choir director at Calvary Baptist for 20 years. Wade has also been employed in the building supply industry since 1964 filling positions in sales, purchasing and management. He is married to his beautiful wife of 43 years, Sara. They are proud parents of two children and four grandchildren. Jennifer and her husband, Allan are parents to Jennings, Jackson and Jayden. Jimmy and his wife, Alex and their daughter, Kirkley.
Church Organist/Pianist Ella Ramsey
Ella has a passion for church music having served Park Baptist Church in this capacity for over 50 years. She loves serving as accompanist for choirs, soloists, weddings, funerals and congregational singing. Ella studied private piano lessons for 12 years, 1 year at Winthrop University’s School of Music and also spent one summer studying the organ. She is married to Holye Ramsey and has 2 daughters and son-in-laws, 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
To help visitors understand how we gather as a church, we have provided descriptions of each of our weekly services. Generally, our services are characterized by solemn contemplation of the Bible and its doctrines, passionate corporate singing, and friendly interaction with one another and our guests. After you get a taste for our church by our words, please come see us live them out as we gather together to praise our God.
Age-wise, we are mixed. We have young families, widows, college students and empty-nesters. Sunday morning attendance is between 100 and 150 people. Dress trends toward business-casual, though you can find anything from jeans to suits. People are friendly and want to make sure visitors feel welcomed.
On Sunday morning at 9:45am we come together for an hour of Sunday School classes, in which we learn about God’s Word and its application to all areas of life. Following that, we begin our Sunday morning service at 11am.
The music we sing at Park is a blend of old and new. We love the doctrinally rich hymns of the sixteenth century and we find blessing in the choruses of the twenty-first. Most of us who are comfortable with music from one particular era have discovered, while at Park, that we have come to enjoy other songs we had not previously encountered. We strongly prefer congregational singing, which emphasizes the gathered body singing praise to God with one voice. We do also have special songs giving the congregation an opportunity to praise God through reflecting on the songs sung by various members of the congregation and choir.
Body of Service
Our service formally begins at 11am, we were sing congregational songs, hear God’s Word read and preached, give and spend time in corporate prayer lead by one of our deacons and pastors.
Preaching at Park is generally expositional, meaning that it seeks to declare the point of a particular Biblical passage. Sermons usually last around 35-40 minutes and are packed with material for reflection. On a regular basis, our sermon series alternate between the Old and New Testaments. All preaching is driven by the Gospel, the Bible’s main message of God saving sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Sunday Night Service
Our evening service is more informal and has more of a family-atmosphere. We begin at 6pm with congregational singing, followed by announcements and a time of meditation on the Word. Sermons may be through a book of the Bible from the opposite Testament preached in the morning, a topical series or a passage related to the morning message. There also is a time of testimony and sharing from the members of the church. We have a children’s choir for ages 3-6 and a time of Bible Memory, Catechism and Bible Knowledge for ages 7-12.
We meet at 6:30 for a time of corporate prayer where we lift of up the physical and spiritual needs of the church family. After a time of prayer, there is a 20 minute message from the Bible. We have children’s programs for children birth through 12 years old. There is an organized choir practice following the prayer and Bible time. There are several families that meet earlier for dinner at 5 pm in the Christian Activities Building. All are welcome.
Our weekly group studies provide our members with opportunities to fellowship, pray, and learn from God’s Word with other committed Christians. Members can participate in:
- Men’s and Women’s small groups which meet weekly to dig through a Christian book or Bible passage.
- Community groups that draw men and women from the same local region together once or twice a month for study and prayer.
Each of these small groups carries with it the mission to build up brothers and sisters in the Lord by close, accountable, and committed fellowship. Our studies serve as a profitable adjoining activity to the corporate fellowship of Park experienced on Sunday morning and evening.
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God in His grace has not made us to walk alone in the Christian life. In one-on- one discipling relationships, two Christians of the same sex meet to study Scripture, hold one another accountable, and pray. Within this basic framework, discipling relationships may take a number of different shapes: an elder member may disciple a younger member, a more mature Christian might disciple a younger Christian, or peers in the faith might effectively disciple one another.
The discipling meetings center on discussion and application of a spiritually rich book or Bible passage and are appended by prayer. One-on-one discipling acts as a catalyst to Christian growth, helping us bear one another’s sorrows and joys.
Hospitality in the New Testament seems to be less of a specific activity (e.g. "invite someone to your house for dinner") and more of a mindset of folding strangers into your life. That Biblical idea of hospitality is what undergirds much of the relational fabric at Park Baptist Church. If this congregation becomes your church home, you'll likely discover that much of the ministry here falls into this simple category of hospitality. So what does that look like?
SHARE A MEAL TOGETHER
Admittedly some folks may feel awkward about being the one to invite people over, or out, when you're new. But we’ve tried to build a culture at Park where hospitality is normal. So we hope that members will reach out to newcomers, but we also hope that newcomers will step up and invite longer-term members and other new people over for a meal or out for an activity from the very early days of their time at Park. Living these kinds of open lives together is a big part of how we create and sustain the hospitable culture of a gospel community.
STAY AROUND AFTER SERVICES
One very simple way to express hospitality is to simply stay around after the conclusion of our morning and evening services. We want to encourage you to stay around and talk, to speak to visitors and to people you don’t know, and to make initial connections with others in the church. It's part of how we're building a church that feels like the family of God.
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Blog Topic Cloud
See what we're talking about by scanning this Blog tag cloud for a topic of interest.
- 1 Corinthians
- 1 Thessalonians
- 1 Timothy
- 2 Corinthians
- 2 Peter
- 4th of July
- Bible and Money
- Draw Near to God
- empty tomb
- Francis Shaeffer
- John Newton
- last words
- Light vs darkness
- Old Testament
- Pastor Dave's Books
- Pauline epistles
- Perseverance of the saints
- Road to Emmaus
- same-sex marriage
- seeing God
- Sermon on the Mount
- spiritual health
- Supreme Court
- The Exemplary Church
- The Solid Rock
- Wisdom literature
- Works vs Faith
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