A CHURCH BUILT ON MAKING DISCIPLES
On November 4, 1993, the pastors of five area Southern Baptist churches united with the director of missions and the director of church development of the Baldwin Baptist Association for the purpose of planting a new mission church in the Eastern Shore area. The Holy Spirit worked in people's hearts and East Pointe Baptist Church was formed as a direct result of the prayers of God's people. Eastern Shore Baptist Church was approved by the North American Mission Board to be the mother church. A steering committee was formed and weekly meetings began once a place of worship was found.
God opened the door in Malbis, AL and David's Catfish House was rented as the meeting place for Sunday morning services. The first meeting was on July 31, 1994 with 44 people in attendance. Sister churches loaned or donated items such as a keyboard, songbooks, and children's chairs. Nine people joined the mission church that day and a new church had officially been born.
The church grew while located in the Malbis area, and more space was needed for adult Sunday School classes. God met that need by providing two nearby model homes - at no charge to the fledgling church. The steering committee began looking for about five acres of land in the Malbis area, but no land was available. Once again, God opened the door to acreage along Highway 225 in Spanish Fort.
God's hand was truly leading the church in a step of faith as 21.7 acres of land were secured. The North American Mission Board supplied the church with a double-wide trailer to serve as the sanctuary and a single-wide trailer for classrooms. During that first year at the new site, the window of Heaven opened and donations flowed in from many places, some far away. Within one year's time, the land was completely paid for without any interest charges! At this time there were about 60 people regularly attending East Pointe. It was an awesome sight to see God move and supply more than anyone had ever expected.
A building program was started soon afterward. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been received through the generosity of God's people. On Sunday, October 1, 2000, the new 350-seat sanctuary was dedicated to the glory of the Lord.
Christ added to His body at East Pointe some 250 members with about 225 attending Sunday morning. We have a solid youth group of approximately 40 teens. Our membership is diverse in age, vocation, culture, and background. We have various ministries for children, youth, ladies, men, and seniors.
A new fellowship hall to seat 400, and double the Sunday School space has been completed and was dedicated on August 26, 2007.
Property and buildings are only tools; EPBC is God's church - not the pastor's nor the people's. We are the body of Christ. Our purpose is to celebrate the life of God in us, to care about one another in Christ, to cultivate personal growth in Him, and to communicate His presence in each of us through holy living and bold witnessing.
We consider East Pointe Baptist Church to be the friendliest church in the area based upon comments made by visitors and new members. Beginning as a very small congregation, East Pointe incorporates new members into a loving fellowship. And although we are experiencing growth, we have been able to maintain the closeness in fellowship that has characterized this church since the beginning. We would love to have you join us during one of our worship services.