ELYRIA, Ohio—Three Baptist church plants have joined the GARBC on mission status, approved today by vote of messengers to the 2009 GARBC Conference.

“It’s a delight to welcome these churches,” John Greening said, noting the unique ethnicity of all three mission churches. “It is our desire that in the years to come we will see many more churches like these join our fellowship.”

Church plant / mission church status

  • Eglise Evangelique Baptiste Salem (Elmont, N.Y.), Pastor Jacquelin and Murielle Saint-Preux
  • Filipino-Spanish International Baptist Church (Stockton, Calif.), Pastor Jim and Carol Garcines
  • Great Commission Baptist Church (Schaumburg, Ill.), Pastor Scott and Brooke Greening

In other action, the messengers to the 2009 GARBC Conference approved the following churches’ removal from the GARBC fellowship:

Desire to be unaffiliated

  • Bethel Baptist Church (Crown Point, Ind.)
  • Crossroad Community Church, a Baptist Organization (Shelbyville, Ind.)
  • Gulf Coast Baptist Church (Pensacola, Fla.)
  • Faith Baptist Church (Prairie City, Iowa)
  • Faith Baptist Church (Cheyenne, Wy.)
  • Ortonville Baptist Church (Ortonville, Mich.)

Desire to be unaffiliated (reason stated) due to separation issues

  • First Baptist Church (Blanchester, Ohio)

Desire to be unaffiliated (reason stated) due to doctrinal differences

  • Wallen Baptist Church (Fort Wayne, Ind.)


  • Bible Baptist Church (Coldwater, Mich.)
  • Cochran Street Baptist Church (Simi Valley, Calif.)
  • Coronado Baptist Church (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Fellowship Baptist Church (Caledonia, N.Y.)
  • First Baptist Church (Kewanna, Ind.)
  • Henry Street Baptist Church (Muskegon, Mich.)
  • Living Water Baptist Church (Leavenworth, Kan.)
  • Maranatha Baptist Church (Springfield, Ohio)
  • Newhall Baptist Church (Wyoming, Mich.)

Ceased designation as Baptist church

  • First Baptist Church (pending) (Woodland, Calif.)
  • New Milford Baptist Church (Rootstown, Ohio)