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Farmhouse on Slate Hill RoadC&T began in a living room in 1960. Two couples living on nearby Winding Hill Road were enjoying a Bible study together. God put it in their hearts to invite others to join them. Soon it became apparent that an extraordinary thing was happening. A wonderful dynamic of caring developed and the group sought to worship their Lord together. An empty farmhouse on Slate Hill Road was converted for use on Sundays. There were 19 at the first meeting there.

Under the leadership of Larry Stewart, the first pastor, the chapel grew to 74 and Country & Town Baptist Church was constituted in October 1961. Despite renovations and expansions, the house was inadequate to handle their growth.

Slate Hill Road buildingIn a step of faith, they purchased adjoining property on Slate Hill Road and built a new facility. In 1962, the ground breaking was held in late June and the dedication of this new building took place in March 1963. In 1963, C&T sponsored the North York Mission which became Temple Baptist Church in York PA. This was the first of many mission starts sponsored by the church.

After years of growth, this building also became inadequate. A move to a new location was necessitated, with construction of a new sanctuary in 1982 and dedication of the South Market Street facilities in 1983. The Lord continued to bless in so many ways. Mission starts continued at what is now Redland Baptist Church and in Harrisburg.

1989 Dedication of New Sancutary
In 1989 a new and larger worship center was dedicated with more and more people joining the fellowship. What you see today is not the culmination, but a further milestone in the journey of faith together. Who knows what God may yet do through us?

We have taken as our motto an invitation to those of our community: "Come grow with us!" We sincerely want others to feel a part of what God is doing in our midst.

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