In telling the story of North Oxford, it all begins with God. Every church is unique and so is North Oxford. God has planted a vision and passion within the hearts of those who call this church home. North Oxford Baptist Church, as we know her today, is the result of many prayers, sacrifices, gifts, hours of manual labor, and a devoted love for God from many people in the past and present days.
In early 1949, a small group of devoted Christians believed the North Oxford community was in need of a church of their own. A tent revival began on a vacant lot near “three-way.” Enthusiasm and interest for the establishment of a permanent church mounted in the hearts of those who attended and revival services continued for three weeks.
On April 24, 1949, North Oxford Baptist Church was born with 34 charter members. In June a building fund was started for the purpose of construction of the first permanent structure, and on April 23, 1950 worship services were held for the first time in the new building.
In September 1950, the church called Reverend J.P. Brewer as its first full-time pastor. During his ministry, church membership grew from 72 to 272.
God blessed North Oxford under the pastoral leadership of G.M. Crawford (1949-1951), J.P. Brewer (1951- 1953), Guy Futral, Jr. (1954-55), E.V. May (1956-1964), Jim Bain (1965-1976), J.W. Baker (1978-1981), Lloyd R Humphrey (1982-1987), and William A. Vail (1988-1998). Souls were added to God’s Kingdom, new programs were started, and new facilities were added.
In 2001, Dr. Gary Richardson accepted the call to pastor North Oxford Baptist Church. Impacting Oxford and our world with love of Jesus is our major focus. New ministries are being implemented to enable us to do just that in unique and exciting ways.
On July 20, 2008 one of our newest ministries, The Creative Learning Center at North Oxford, was dedicated.
NOBC is a mission-minded church. Every year NOBC members travel all over the United States and the world sharing the Good News of Jesus. We also have long-term mission relationships with Vermont and Togo, Africa.