About Ardmore Baptist Church

Ardmore Baptist ChurchOur Identity

Ardmore Baptist Church is a body of Christians in the Baptist faith tradition known for its worship-centered spirit and passionate missionary heart.

Our Mission

To connect people of all ages with Jesus Christ and each other in life-changing relationships.

Our Core Values

  • Christ-centered
    Jesus matters! We believe Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. He is the heart of who we are as individuals and as a church. He is the source of our identity and the cornerstone of our faith. Christ is the inspiration and enabler for all we do, including worship, Bible study, and ministry. Our beliefs, teachings, and actions are guided by our faith in Jesus Christ and His ever-filling love and grace.
  •  Biblically grounded
  • The Bible matters! The Bible bears witness to God’s saving power and work. It is a constant source of direction and provides a relevant framework for living our faith. Learning and studying God’s Word is vital for spiritual growth.
  •  Relationally guided
  • People matter! Our relationship with Christ and others cannot be fully separated, and both should be sought out, developed, and nurtured. Therefore, we encourage the development of relationships in our church, our community, and our world and seek to lead others into a living relationship with God. As faithful followers of Jesus Christ, we seek to do as He did by taking people seriously and treating them with dignity and respect.
  •  Ministry-driven
  • Ministry matters! The love of Jesus Christ compels us to put our faith into action and serve as channels of His love and grace to others. We strive to encourage and equip each person to utilize their God-given talents, passions, and resources to build relationships and so transform our local and global communities.

Our Vision

To be a vibrant missional congregation which creates life-changing interconnections among Christ, our congregation, and our community by:

  • Connecting people with Christ who invites us all into covenant relationship and calls us to follow and serve Him.
  • Connecting people with a faith that works in real life and a love that motivates believers to grow spiritually.
  • Connecting with people who do not know Christ and welcoming them to faith.
  • Connecting people of all ages in meaningful service powered by their God-given gifts and passions.
  • Connecting people with a changing community and world.

Our Distinctives

  • Worship matters to us, and we seek to make it meaningful to all who gather.
  • We have many generations under one roof.
  • We are a neighborhood church, with a regional reach, committed to local and global missions.
  • We value music and music education. We are dedicated to teaching music fundamentals and skills.
  • We affirm our Baptist heritage of soul freedom, Bible freedom, church freedom, and religious freedom.
  • We believe women and men have the full freedom to exercise their gifts.
  • We are passionate about extending hospitality to strangers and those in need.
  • We believe in the value of sacred space: our sanctuary is a “work of heart” that visually communicates the gospel story.

Our Affiliations

Ardmore Baptist is an autonomous, local body of believers which determines its own direction, values and beliefs. From our earliest beginnings in 1927, this congregation has recognized the importance of cooperation with other Christians. In that togetherness, we know that we find strength and resources which enable us to accomplish more than we could ever do on our own.

Across the years this church has developed strong, cooperative relationships with other Baptist bodies. We voluntarily choose to relate to a network of Baptist groups which can help us fulfill our mission. Presently, these groups are:

Our relationship with each of these organizations is voluntary and mutual. We believe that through our cooperative efforts we will extend and strengthen our witness and help to build up the Kingdom of God around the world.

Our History

TabernacleEvery story has a beginning, and the story of Ardmore Baptist Church, which was called Tabernacle Baptist Church until 1938, actually began in the Southwest section of Winston-Salem in October, 1927. (At that time the area was referred to as the West End. Today a different section of the city is called by that name.) The area was devoid of any Baptist church. The section was called Ardmore, the name apparently applied by a planning consultant in 1916 from Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

The main road in the new development, which was originally conceived as a twelve square block area, was Ardmore Road, now known by a more familiar name, Hawthorne Road. Services were held in area homes while a site committee searched for a suitable and affordable location for the church. Three lots, #16, 17, and 18, of the G. W. Hinshaw property located on the corner of Irving Street and Rosewood Avenue were subsequently bought for a sum of $7500.

Was there a genuine need for a Baptist church in the West End section, or was there another reason for establishing a church in the Ardmore area? The answer to both parts of the question seems to be a resounding "yes." By 1923 Baptist Hospital had opened, and Ardmore was a growing community. Many of Winston-Salem’s most prominent citizens lived in the area. In 1928, twenty-three doctors lived near the hospital. Homes were being built at the rate of five per month. It seemed a "long way" to go downtown to First Baptist or Brown Memorial. A census committee had already been at work in the area and reported that over one hundred people had in fact signed cards indicating a desire to join a neighborhood Baptist church.

Many of those who wanted to establish a church in the West End were at one time members of Brown Memorial Church. A schism developed at Brown Memorial which led to the withdrawal of many members and eventually brought about the resignation of the assistant minister, P. C. James, who was serving at the time as the senior minister. He was then called by the newly formed Tabernacle Baptist Church to serve as its minister.

Due to personal conflicts between the minister and the Baptist Council of Winston-Salem (P. C. James had not been ordained into the Southern Baptist ministry), the latter would not recognize Tabernacle Baptist Church as a duly constituted Baptist church; neither would the Pilot Mountain Association accept the church as a member. For over two years this disharmony persisted, and ultimately the pastor resigned. Quickly the church moved to align itself with the Baptist Council of Winston-Salem. On February 13, 1930, with Dr. J. R. Jester, president of the Council, presiding, Tabernacle Baptist Church was officially constituted as a member of the Winston-Salem Council. Thirty-six members rose to their feet to adopt the constituting resolution as follows:

That guided as we believe by the Holy Spirit, and relying on the blessing of God, we do, here and now, by this act, constitute ourselves a church of Jesus Christ, to perform His service and to be governed by His will as revealed in the New Testament. And to this end we do hereby adopt and agree to the Covenant and Articles of Faith as published in the minutes of the Pilot Mountain Association in 1929.

A Succession of Strong Pastoral Leadership

  • Rev. C.F. Rogers (1930-1934)Sanctuary-1950
  • Rev. Ned Taylor (1935-1939)
  • Dr. Marshall Mott (1940-1946)
  • Rev. William Pettit (1947-1958)
  • Rev. Henry Crouch (1959-1969)
  • Rev. Harold Shirley (1970-1977)
  • Dr. J. L. Wilson (1978-1996)
  • Dr. Bill Ireland (1999 - 2010)
  • Dr. Winford Hendrix, Transition Pastor (2011 - 2012)
  • Dr. Don Gordon (2013 -)