Whitney Baptist Church is a body of believers committed to the truths of God’s Word. We are a ministry designed to help the hurting, lift up the weak, and teach the “way of life”. We are a church “preaching salvation to the sinner” and “teaching service to the saint.”
WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Bible is the verbally inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. God gave the words of Scripture by inspiration without error in the original autographs. God promises that He will preserve His Words. Jesus said, “But my words shall not pass away,” in Matthew 24:35. God kept that promise by preserving His infallible Word in the traditional Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. The Authorized Version (KJV) is an accurate English translation of the preserved Word of God for the English speaking-people of the world.
There is one triune God, eternally existent in the persons of Father, Son (Jesus Christ),and Holy Spirit; these three are one in essence, but distinct in person and function.
Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, became the physical manifestation of the Godhead to mankind. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood and His bodily resurrection.
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity, the Agent of conviction, regeneration, indwelling, baptism, sanctification, and illumination of all who are born into God’s family through Jesus Christ. We are opposed to the charismatic movement and its tongues and other sign manifestations.
God created the universe in six literal days and that man was created in the image of God, but chose to sin. Hence, all persons inherit a depraved nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation.
Salvation is a free gift of God for, “whosoever will;” it is by grace, through faith, plus nothing, and believers are eternally secure. Salvation is received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost: those that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in heaven and those that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation in a literal lake of fire.
We believe in the spiritual unity of the body of Christ and that God has ordained the local church for the perpetuation of His truth and work in the world. Believers should be baptized by immersion and should faithfully observe the Lord’s Supper.
We believe in the imminent, pre-Tribulation return of Jesus Christ for all believers. The Rapture of the saints will be followed by a seven-year period of Tribulation, after which Christ will return in glory to judge the world and set up His millennial reign on earth.
Faithfully proclaim to every person the powerful and life-transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Train every believer and make them disciples of Jesus Christ.
Teach every believer the infallible Word of God and the joy of service to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Help the local community and be a light to all who come our way to show the love of God in word and deed
Pastor Randy Ford
Pastor Ford was saved at 6 years of age and rededicated his life at age 16. Pastor Ford surrendered his life to serve the Lord at age 16. He has been serving over 40 years in local church ministry. He began serving in ministry at the age of 16 in Greenville, Mississippi in the local church his father pastored. While attending Tennessee Temple University, he held multiple positions in churches around the Chattanooga area. Pastor Ford met, courted, and married Patricia McClaran in October of 1982 in Livonia, Michigan. Pastor Ford says, “I married my best friend and sweetheart.” Pastor Ford and Pat have two children and three grandchildren.
Whitney Baptist was established in 1896 in the small community of Whitney on the west side of Leesburg. The church moved into its current facilities in 1986 and has continued to see God bless and grow His church.