Grace Baptist Church is located on the east side of the square in Middlebury, VT. You can find us just under the shadow of the Monument, next door to Steve’s Park Diner. We are within easy walking distance from Middlebury College and have ample parking right in front of the church. Our Services begin at 10:00am on Sundays. In addition to our Sunday service we have a flexible mid-week service that centers in on specific topics, books, or Bible passages. The mid-week service is on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. The pastor is Robert Henley a graduate of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tenn. Everyone is welcome.
Under the teaching and organization of lay leader’s Bob and Theresa Lovins Grace Baptist Church began as a Bible study in the home of Jack and Sandy Burkholder. In November 1979 we moved to our first rented facility in the lower level of the Knights of Columbus. Six months later, with the help of Rev. Michael McCain in Rutland, and Director of Missions Rev. Merwin Borders of Randolph contact was made with Robert Henley in Hornsby, Tennessee. After several months of letter writing and a visit from the Henley’s a call was issued for Robert Henley to become our first Pastor. Robert and his wife Linda arrived on the Church field in September 1980 with two children and a dog. The Henley’s continue to serve the Lord with us today.
In the fall of 1984 Middlebury Baptist Fellowship officially changed our name to Grace Baptist Church when we constituted as a church and moved into our own building. Because of the generosity of businessman Bill Shafer and the help of many friends and coworkers we acquired the previous Grange Hall and returned it to its former use as a Baptist Church. Originally built in 1887 as the first home for Memorial Baptist Church we were happy that once again Baptists are utilizing the building.
Today Grace Baptist Church is a healthy mix of two groups. Half our congregation comes to us from local families in and around Middlebury, Vermont, while the other half comes to us from the student body of Middlebury College. We have been exceptionally blessed by the character and talent of those who serve the Lord here at Grace. There is here a spirit of unity and family that is hard to find elsewhere.
Our local families have been faithfully serving year after year in Middlebury, giving of themselves, their time and their support without recognition or praise. While our college student’s pitch in with their gifts of time, energy, and talent while they serve the Lord away from their home churches. Through the years we have been particularly blessed with many talented students who have helped us with our music.