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 Collegiate Ministry and Outpost
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 graduated from Winthrop in 2016 with a degree in History. He has been married to his lovely wife, Anna, for five years. They have a son, Abram who was born in 2015.
Carrie Blankenship - Financial Secretary and Office Administrator
Carrie has served at Park for over a year. She is responsible to oversee our finances and office administration. Carrie’s life is full of loving on her kids and the college students. She also serves as Remedy Kids Director at Remedy Church and is involved with Winthrop's Baptist Collegiate Ministry as her husband serves as the BCM Director.
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.
Children's Philosophy and Programs
We believe that parents should lead in discipling their children to grow into maturity into the head of the Church and the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. God has entrusted children to parents as their primary disciple-makers and the church as co-laborers. The church desires to come alongside parents by helping to grow our children in Christ-likeness through in-depth Christ-centered Bible study, comprehensive Biblical theology and expressive, theologically rich music.
We desire that through teaching the Bible, the basics of the Christian faith, and historic, orthodox Christian forms of worship, we will help develop patterns and practices in children and families lives to give the Holy Spirit kindling to ignite the flame of godliness for the glory of God.
The children are using a wonderful curriculum called The Gospel Project, which takes them on a 3-year-cycle journey through the Bible chronologically. The emphasis is placed upon God’s plan of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ, and how that plan can be seen in every book of the Bible. Classes are available for children ages 3 years old to 6th grade. There is a nursery available for those younger than three.
Each Sunday, children ages 3 to 6 are dismissed from the main service before the sermon to attend Children's Church, where they are introduced to the core beliefs of the Christian faith in an age-appropriate setting. The curriculum, Big Questions and Answers, seeks to answer questions like "Can anybody tell me what God is like?", "How can we be saved?", and "Why do God's people go to church?"
Younger Kids Choir
The younger kids choir is for children age 3 years old to 6 years old. The teachers aim to teach these precious kids more about who God is through hands-on lessons, activities, and music! They sing in the church several times a year
Older Kids Choir
The older kids choir is for children age 7 years old to 12 years old. This choir is designed to teach the youngsters how to find their way around a hymnal and to become familiar with great texts and tunes of our holy faith. The students memorize a hymn each month, prepare music to sing in worship, and cover basic skills on how to use their unique God-crafted instrument called their voice to glorify God. "I will sing unto the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me." (Psalm 13)
Preschool Class (Ages 3-5)
The goal of this fun class is to hide God's word in our hearts by memorizing Scripture, teaching Bible songs, & learning stories from the Bible in a visual & "hands on" way. This includes memorizing Ephesians 6 and the 12 disciples, and learning about the life of Jesus.
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Class
Using the curriculum “Jesus, What a Savior!”, the children study how the Bible proclaims the need of a Savior, and that the free gift of salvation is offered to even them!
3rd-6th Grade Girls
The girls are discipled on how to read their Bible through personal devotions, prayer journal, Scripture memory and how to do them daily and apply to their lives.
3rd-6th Grade Boys
The boys are discipled through the book of Proverbs, learning wisdom. They learn the benefits of wisdom, its applications, and how wisdom relates to salvation.
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.
Please contact Pastor Dave or Casey Espich to find a community group that would best fit your family's schedule.
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.
Every Sunday evening at 5:30 pm, a group of college students gathered for missionary training and planning to reach our community. We currently have over 20 student missionaries who are intentionally reaching out to unbelieving high school and college students in the hopes of forming discipleship relationships and offering a bridge to the local church. These student missionaries offer their time, talent, and treasure in service to the world to make disciples who will make disciples.
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Pastor Dave Kiehn's Blog
Blog Topic Cloud
See what we're talking about by scanning this Blog tag cloud for a topic of interest.
- 1 Peter
- 1 Thessalonians
- 1 Timothy
- 2 Peter
- Bible and Money
- body of Christ
- fear of the Lord
- Francis Shaeffer
- golden rule
- Guard Your Soul
- Jesus makes peace through his blood
- John Newton
- July 4th
- last words
- Light vs darkness
- Minor Prophets
- Old Testament
- Pauline epistles
- Perseverance of the saints
- Public Servants
- Road to Emmaus
- same-sex marriage
- seeing God
- Sermon on the Mount
- Supreme Court
- The Exemplary Church
- The Solid Rock
- Wisdom literature
- Works vs Faith
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