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Who We Are

As a church, we are committed to the person of Jesus Christ, and we base our teaching upon God’s revealed word, the Bible. It is our desire that people come to place their trust in Christ to forgive and lead them and that they grow in their relationship with Him. We seek to provide regular teaching and preaching of the Bible, meaningful times of worship, opportunities for fellowship, prayer, outreach, and numerous other ministries for people of all ages.

Why Do We Exist

Vernon Baptist Church exists to glorify God through Bible-centered preaching, teaching and reaching, in the name of Jesus Christ. Through this, we fulfill our Lord’s commission to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things commanded to us.

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A HISTORY OF VERNON BAPTIST CHURCH

On April 27, 1816, before Indiana became a state, the Vernon Baptist church was formed. Seven persons, having settled 20 miles from their church near Madison, agreed to “associate ourselves together as a regular orderly baptist Church of Jesus Christ.”

The church first met in homes of members or outdoors. By early 1818 they were meeting at a place said to have been near the Commons. From 1820 to 1824 they met at a location on the north edge of town. The church then received by donation the current site. It is the highest point in Vernon, overlooking the town and the Muscatatuck valley.By the end of 1823 the church had received 180 members, but in the next 16 years she gave up enough members to form four new churches

During the turbulent frontier days, the members imposed strict discipline upon themselves. The old church minutes also reveal a hardiness in the baptism candidates. Immediately after the service, men and women alike were taken to the Muscatatuck River, sometimes to the east, sometimes to the west. If the river was frozen, church boys were sent ahead to break away the ice.

The early preachers were members who felt the urge to “exercise their gifts.” The pastor of longest tenure was W. T. Stott, one of the founders of the church. He served from 1825 to 1866. This period was followed by the calling of students from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville. These men came to Vernon on weekends, stayed at members’ homes, and ate fried chicken every Sunday.

The square building was razed in 1871 and the present one built at a cost of $3500. In 2001 the Family Life Center behind the church was finished, built mostly by church volunteer labor.

The church left American Baptist Churches USA in 2005 and joined the Southern Baptist Convention in 2006.

Today in the Vernon Baptist Church, descendants of the Stott family still work faithfully alongside the newest members. All believe this combination of old and new blood blesses them with a special strength and vitality for which they are thankful.

In 1816 the seven original members prayed that “Heaven may smile on us and our infant settlement and that both may grow together and bring forth honor and glory to the name of God.” Over the years God truly has smiled down on the Vernon Baptist Church, and it is still their prayer to honor and glorify His name.