Who Are We?
Curtis Baptist Church began in 1876, and we are astounded to see all that God has done over the years. Curtis Baptist Church is not just a place- we are a people passionate to experience the presence of Jesus in everyday life.
We are a diverse group of people who live all over the CSRA. We gather together throughout the week in small groups for the sake of community, and on Sundays we gather to worship and experience the presence of Christ together.
We are committed to reach the next generation for Christ and we believe that the family plays a critical role. Therefore, we are committed to helping parents become the primary disciple-makers in their homes.
We are a community on mission with God sharing the only true hope for this world, the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. We desire to see people discover their unique purpose and begin to engage in the purposes that God has for their lives.
Curtis Baptist Church is not about a building, a program, or a method. It’s about people! Our desire is to help as many people as we can become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
Why Is It Called “Curtis”?
The Southern Baptist Convention was founded at First Baptist Church, Augusta, GA in 1845. In 1869, a group of consecrated laymen from that church began a mission Sunday School to reach people on the west side of town. The mission school met in a brick store on the north side of the 1200 block of Broad Street, and thus was called the “Brick Sunday School.” For more than a year, the “Sabbath School” flourished.
On July 27, 1871, a member of First Baptist Church, Mr. David L. Curtis, deeded a lot on the south side of the 1300 block of Broad Street to First Baptist. The lot was eighty feet wide, and extended from Broad to Ellis Street, and was valued at $2000. A neat frame building was soon erected at the cost of $3000, and the Brick Sunday School became known as Broad Street Baptist Church. The building was dedicated February 1, 1872, by First Baptist pastor James Dixon.
On January 7, 1876, the church was constituted with a membership of 35, becoming the fourth Baptist church in the city. Rev. R. B. Wormack was called as the first pastor.
In his will, Mr. David L. Curtis bequeathed to this new church an additional $5000. The church adopted his name, becoming Curtis Baptist Church, on January 14, 1876.
The Curtis Core
At Curtis, our core values are …
Helping all people begin a relationship with God through Jesus that results in a changed life that honors God. We are committed to helping people:
FIND God: The discovery stage of determining who God is and why we exist.
FOLLOW Jesus: The decision to follow Jesus by surrendering one’s life.
INVEST In Others: The decision to invest in others through connecting and serving in the home, church, and community.
IMPACT the World: The decision to share the life-changing message that Jesus can change a person’s life.