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Greenwood Forest Baptist Church

History

Our history is rich with the passion and faith of many individuals who helped make this church what it is today. Click on the images below to expand and learn more. 

March 1962

New church mission starts meeting in the band room of Cary Elementary School. Richard Hawk was called as first pastor of the mission.

January 1963

Greenwood Forest Baptist Church was chartered, and Dr. Charles Tucker called as first pastor.

May 1964

Construction began on the first church building at the corner of SE Maynard and Kildare Farm.

February 1965

The first service was held in the new building and community groups began meeting in the church.

1966

Rev. Luther Brewer was called as the second pastor, Greenwood Forest Children's Center was established as the first integrated preschool in the area.

1969

GFBC becomes the first church to ordain a female deacon in Cary.

1977

Construction of the current Sanctuary began.

December 1978

The first worship service in the current Sanctuary was held.

1985

GFBC sponsored the chartering of Woodhaven Baptist Church.

1988

After the “Fundamentalist Takeover” of the Southern Baptist convention, Rev. Brewer worked with other pastors to write the first covenant of the Alliance of Baptists. Greenwood Forest Baptist Church celebrated its 25-year anniversary.

1990

GFBC sponsored the chartering of Westwood Baptist Church and continues to grow.

1991

GFBC became affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The new education building was dedicated. 

1999

Rev. Brewer retired and Rev. Charles Dorman was called as Interim Pastor.

2001

Rev. Randy Sherron was called as the third pastor.

2002

GFBC officially severed ties with the Southern Baptist Convention.

2007

GFBC embarked on a major building campaign.

2009

Rev. Mack Thompson was called as Interim Pastor after the resignation of Rev. Randy Sherron.

2010

Rev. Mack Thompson is called as Interim Pastor.

June 2011

Rev. Benjamin Boswell called as the fourth pastor.

2013

GFBC celebrated its 50th Anniversary and established the GFBC Endowment Fund.

December 2015

Rev. Boswell resigned as pastor and accepted a call to be Senior Minister at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC.

March 2016

Rev. Lauren Efird is called to be Interim Pastor.

August 2016

Rev. Lauren Efird is called to be Senior Pastor.