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Bloomingdale Baptist Church
3220 Bloomingdale Road
Tel: (423) 288-5151
Email: info@bbckpt.org
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Bloomingdale Baptist Church was organized on April 2, 1944 in response to a request made from within the community for Baptist church services. A council consisting of 8 preachers and 13 deacons from surrounding churches was named and a call was made for charter members. Thirteen precious people responded to that call, eight by letter, one by statement, and four by baptism.

An offering was taken that day and $100 was collected and in a spirit of giving, a spirit that has continued to the present, it was voted to give ten percent of what was collected through the cooperative program. The remainder was added to money already collected and the former Epworth Methodist Church building was purchased for $1,600 including fixtures and .08 of an acre of land. It was in that old church building with thirteen charter members and fifty donated song books that Bloomingdale Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist church in the Bloomingdale area, humbly began. 

2013224The first elected pastor of Bloomingdale Baptist Church was James Taft Richards, of Granite Falls, North Carolina. At an early age, he united with Concord Baptist Church where his parents were charter members. He was seventeen when he first felt the call to enter the ministry, but did not actually enter until he was thirty-three.

Upon recommendation of the Temple Hill Baptist Church, Pastor Richards was ordained December 8, 1941. He was called to Bloomingdale on July 13, 1944. At his first business meeting as pastor, he, his wife Louella, and their four children were received by letter into the church. The first revival was conducted October 22-29, 1944, with eighteen new members being added to the church. The first Lord’s Supper was observed on October 15, 1944.

On April 1, 1945, a dedicatory service was held. At that time, the minutes reveal that the new church had grown from thirteen charter members to fifty members, which reflects a fruitful seven-month ministry of the first elected pastor of the newly organized church. Pastor Richards served our church until he was called to Mill Creek Baptist Church in December 1950. Members of Pastor Richards family continue to be active members of Bloomingdale Baptist.

662370On March 21, 1951, Joseph William Byrd, son of the late Rev. Allie R. Byrd, Sr., a well-known Baptist evangelist in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia from 1938-1948, and the former Gussie Catherine Frazier of Scott County, was elected the second pastor of Bloomingdale Baptist Church and ordained to the ministry on April 1, 1951 at West View Baptist Church. The following year, on July 25, 1952, he resigned from the Tennessee Eastman Company to become Bloomingdale’s first full-time pastor.

In April 2012, Pastor Byrd celebrated his 61st anniversary as pastor of Bloomingdale Baptist Church making him the longest tenured Southern Baptist pastor to serve a single church in history. On September 2, 2012, Pastor Byrd was named Pastor Emeritus of Bloomingdale Baptist Church in honor of his many years of faithful service. Pastor Byrd and many of his family are active members.

WHITTEMORE, PHIL; (Staff)50Bloomingdale Baptist Church called their third pastor on August 26, 2012, when Phillip R. Whittemore was elected at a called Sunday morning business meeting. A member of Bloomingdale Baptist since he was 16 years old, Phil was saved and baptized at Bloomingdale in 1979, he and his wife Lisa were united in marriage by Pastor Byrd at our church in 1986, and both of their children, Heath and Heather, were saved and baptized in our church. In addition to serving as Sunday School teacher and youth director in the past, Phil was elected and ordained as a deacon in 2003, and was ordained into the ministry as assistant pastor in 2006.



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Over 6,000 people groups – 1.7 billion people – still live with little or no access to the Gospel. The International Mission Board’s (an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention) mission is to make disciples of all peoples in fulfillment of the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20.

1880611The North American Mission Board (an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention) exists to work with churches, associations and state conventions in mobilizing Southern Baptists as a missional force to impact North America with the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism and church planting.
MBLogoWebWhiteMission Bloomingdale is a community outreach of Bloomingdale Baptist Church in partnership with other churches, organizations, and individuals in the Bloomingdale Community.
7400125Hope House exists to provide young pregnant women in crisis who have no support, support; who have no hope, hope; who have no direction, direction; as they choose to continue their pregnancy. The ministry consists of a long-term residential program (maternity home and mother-baby apartments) supporting and encouraging these ladies on to self-sufficiency, and hopefully a relationship with Jesus Christ.
9538048Gideons International focuses on distributing complete Bibles, New Testaments, or portions thereof. These copies of God’s Word are printed in more than 90 languages and are either given directly to certain individuals or placed in selected public locations where large numbers of people, who may be searching for answers, will have the ability to encounter the Word of God.
1415894030Kingsport Community Ministry Center is a multi-church ministry that addresses the emergency financial needs of individuals and families within our community. KCMC is located at 618 Watauga Street, across from P & S Pharmacy, and is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – noon, except holidays.
Family Promise of Greater Kingsport provides shelter, meals, and support services to homeless families. Bloomingdale Baptist participates by each hosting these families for a week roughly four times a year.


3220 Bloomingdale Road
Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 288-5151
Email: info@bbckpt.org
You’re not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is sin.

The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. The Bible affirms our own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us does right things all the time.

People tend to divide themselves into groups – good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people don’t seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine! And there’s nothing you can do to make Him stop! Yes, our sins demand punishment – the punishment of death and separation from God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins.

“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! You can’t make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!

“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” Titus 3:5

It’s God’s grace that allows you to come to Him – not your efforts to “clean up your life” or work your way to Heaven. You can’t earn it. It’s a free gift.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God’s gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside of the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God’s offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is “repentance” – to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God’s.

All that’s left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.

“If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10

God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.

“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? Let’s review what this commitment involves:

I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior – this is to repent or turn away from sin

I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead – this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins

I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God – this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus

I receive Jesus as my Savior forever – this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised

If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:

Here’s a Suggested Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.”

If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually.

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