A place to minister
Friendship has a glorious history. It began in 1990 with the vision of the Rehoboth Baptist Association, Rev. Boe Stanley, Director of Missions, and the
Missions Development Committee, to plant a mission church in an area of Houston County targeted for growth. In August of that year, fifteen people met in the Association's assembly room and founded Friendship Baptist Mission. Brother Boe served as the first pastor and a five-acre site was acquired on Feagin Mill Road upon which to build.
Rev. Tim Millwood served as pastor from January 1992 until June of 2004. During his ministry, the mission formally constituted and became a completely autonomous church in April, 1995, hereafter known as Friendship Baptist Church.
On May 3, 1992 groundbreaking ceremonies were held on our present site and later that month construction began on the "T-Type" first phase building. For the next three months, numerous volunteer crews from Georgia and surrounding states as well as local volunteers worked to complete construction.
Formal dedication ceremonies were held August 23, 1992. Before long it was evident that more space was needed and in September 1996, construction began on the present worship center. On March 16, 1997 dedication ceremonies were observed and Friendship enjoyed record growth. In fall of 1997, using folding-partition doors, the former sanctuary was converted to a dual-purpose area which could accommodate both education and fellowship activities.
The Family Life Center was completed in October of 2002 and is approximately 22,000 square feet.
In March of 2005, Dr. Paul Cowles became pastor and a new chapter began. Only eternity will reveal the many lives that have been changed so that those lives may change other lives for the glory of God. The history continues to be written within the work of God’s people as they minister both in the church and in the community with the goal of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the world.