Re-energized on the Word
Virginia Ford enjoys long-time church environment
Virginia Ford, 81, has a long history with the Historic Grace Baptist Church. Her husband Raymond was the previous pastor. Knowing her husband could needed to retire, Grace Baptist merged with Maranatha Baptist Church. Pastor Rick Stone took over the congregation.
“Being in the area we’re in, Fountain Square, the church was not reaching the amount of people we wanted to reach,” Ford said. “The two churches merged because they needed a building and we needed the people.”
Ford, a teacher for 45 years, said she has been re energized with the church merger. She said everyone is friendly, creating a welcoming and fun environment to learn about the scripture.
What is it about your place of worship that helps you grow spiritually?
The preaching of the Word, Pastor Stone has a great knowledge of bible history and bible geography. With his enthusiasm and his knowledge of scriptures, it just makes it very interesting to listen to him preach.
What is it about your place of worship that helps you to feel connected to your spouse, children, parents or other family?
Our children are grown and scattered, so it’s just my husband and me. But the folks are so friendly, it’s like a family. As the new group came in, they were very friendly. We took the name of Grace Baptist, the original name of the church, and our folks were thrilled to merge with them. So everyone is just friendly and eager to welcome new people.
What is one meaningful event that has taken place at your place of worship?
We’ve got a lot of things our pastor has planned in the past year. We have revival services coming up, starting Aug. 26. This past Sunday we had a speaker from Sheperds Bethel, located in West Baden, a place that supports missionaries coming back and don’t have a home. We support several missionaries to different parts all over the world.
Why would you recommend your place of worship to someone?
We want to reach out to this community, the Fountain Square area. We realize there’s a great need in the area to reach those who don’t have a church home. For anyone who wants to learn to hear good bible teaching and preaching and to have a ministry for the community. It’s a family place of worship.