The History of Goshen Free Will Baptist Church
Since 1931, it has been our goal to build, not only a great church, but a true family of believers.
Our Church started, as most churches, in a Christian’s home. It later moved into its first church building on School Street in Belmont, NC, where it remained for approximately 36 years.
In 1973, a new facility was built on Catawba Avenue in Mt. Holly just a mile or so away, and Goshen remains there today.
Our goal has not changed since the faithful began in 1931 to fulfill the Great Commission. From its conception, Goshen Free Will Baptist has endured many changes, but has not lost sight of the power of the Word of God and His ability to change lives.
Our church is not a building or a business, it is a body made up of many parts-all different but equally important. Young or old, veteran or visitor, everyone has value and a vital part to play in the life of our family here at Goshen, as well as an even more important part in the Kingdom of God.
Our Church Covenant
Having given ourselves to God by faith in Christ, and adopted the Word of God as our rule of faith and practice, we now give ourselves to one another by the will of God in this solemn covenant.
We promise, by His grace, to love and obey Him in all things, to avoid all appearance of evil, to abstain from all sinful amusements and unholy conformity to the world, from all sanction of the use and sale of intoxicating beverages, and to “provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
We agree faithfully to discharge our obligations in reference to the study of the Scriptures, secret prayer, family devotions, and social worship; and by self-denial, faith, and good works endeavor to “grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together for church conferences, public worship, and the observance of the ordinances of the Gospel; nor fail to pay according to our ability for the support of the church, of its poor, and all its benevolent work.
We agree to accept Christian admonition and reproof with meekness, and to watch over one another in love, endeavoring to “keep the unity of the Spirit” in the bonds of peace, to be careful of one another’s happiness and reputation, and seek to strengthen the weak, encourage the afflicted, admonish the erring, and as far as we are able, promote the success of the church and of the Gospel.
We will everywhere hold Christian principle sacred and Christian obligations and enterprises supreme; counting it our chief business in life to extend the influence of Christ in society, constantly praying and toiling that the kingdom of God may come, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
About Pastor Burch
I was born in Jacksonville, NC and graduated from Richlands High School in 1973. I was not raised in a Christian home, but accepted Christ as my Savior on September 11, 1985 at Pleasant Acres Free Will Baptist Church in New Bern, NC.
As I served the Lord the best I could, I began to feel the drawing of the Holy Spirit on my life to do more. In January of 2000, I enrolled in Carolina Bible Institute & Seminary in Selma, NC. I preached my first message in May of 2000.
I haven’t looked back since…receiving my Doctorate in 2010. I have had the privilege of serving as Pastor in several churches; and I am presently honored to Pastor Goshen Free Will Baptist Church in Mt. Holly, NC. I have been blessed 37 years with my wonderful wife Barbara, and we have one son in the US Air Force and three wonderful grandchildren.
A Church Family
At Goshen Free Will Baptist Church it is our desire to lead others to a stronger personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in every aspect of their life.
We are a Family of Faith
We believe that our Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will unite us as a family of believers here on this earth as well as uniting us together for eternity with Him.
We are a Family of Fellowship
It won’t take you long to discover this is truly a family rich in the relationship that matter most. Together we worship, we serve, we laugh and we cry. At Goshen Free Will Baptist Church you will be surrounded by caring, loving people who want to help you and your family grow by sharing the good times and helping you shoulder the tough times.
We are a Family of Friendships
The goal of the Goshen membership is to reach out to our community and share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; thereby making friends for eternity. Regardless of the age, at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church there are many avenues of growth that you might take to enhance your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Sunday School is divided into age-appropriate classes geared to meet the needs of each age from the nursery to Senior Citizens. Each class upholds the timeless truths of God’s Word and simplifies it that you can apply it to your life.
If you have been searching and praying for a place that you and your family can grow closer to God, where you can feel apart of a loving family and become a better servant for the Lord – I feel that Goshen Free Will Baptist Church can help meet your needs.
What To Expect
Sunday Worship Services
Our Sunday Morning Services start at 10:00 am with our Sunday School. We have a variety of classes for all ages, all designed to enrich the soul thru learning more about the Bible. Each class provides Spiritual enlightenment, personal encouragement and Christian fellowship with age appropriate material.
Sunday School is one of the most important ministries here at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church as it is being obedient to the Word of God. (II Timothy 2:15)
Our Sunday Morning Worship hour begins at 11:00 am with uplifting music, both traditional and contemporary, followed by passionate preaching by Dr. Clayton Burch with many practical applications for today’s living and soul winning.
Our Sunday Evening Service starts at 6:00 pm and is completely different from our Sunday Morning Worship hour. It is geared toward the Spiritual Growth of today’s Christian.
There is also a safe and clean Nursery provided as well as Children’s Church during the 11:00am hour.
Our Wednesday Night Service starts at 7:00 pm and is intended to encourage everyone who has had to deal with the world in the middle of the work week. This service is a bit more “laid-back” than our other services.
These services include an in-depth Bible Study and special prayer time with the Pastor, a suitable Bible study for the teenagers on topics that affect them all in this day and time, as well as a Patch The Pirate Club for children 5th grade and under, where they will learn more about Jesus thru memorizing Bible verse and performing skits.
Your First Visit
Knowing Where To Go
Upon your first visit to Goshen Free Will Baptist Church, you will be welcomed by one of our many greeters who will be honored to direct you to the proper Sunday School Class, point out the facilities and assist you in any way, that your visit might be a pleasant one.
Planning Your Visit
As a first time visitor, we would encourage you to arrive early to get acquainted with the friendly folks here at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church. They will be able to answer any questions or address any needs you may have.
We here at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church desire that your visit will be a blessing to you and your family. We hope that if you have not decided on a God-fearing, Bible-believing church that you might consider Goshen as your home.