History of Greater Heights Baptist Church
In early 2005, the Lord was leading Reverend Danny Holley to start a church. Reverend Holley had preached at several Southern Baptist churches including Mt. Olivet and Mt. Elon. With the Lord leading, in November 2005, a group of twenty-five met at Shoney’s Restaurant in Hartsville to discuss the formation of Greater Heights Baptist Church. Rev. Holley and his daughter, Morgan, were attending a visitation at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home when one of the owners approached him and asked where he was preaching.
During the conversation, the Lord led him to offer the funeral home chapel for the church’s use on Sunday mornings and evenings. The first worship service for Greater Heights Baptist Church was held on Sunday, January 8, 2006 in the chapel of Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. There were 135 in attendance. The church began looking for land to purchase for the construction of a sanctuary.
There were several tracts identified and each time the Lord stopped the purchase. In 2010, Greater Heights purchased a 13.25 acre tract of land to build our church. A dedication service of the land was held in November 2010. A building committee was formed and bids were accepted. On February 27, 2012, Dempsey Construction began construction of the future home of Greater Heights Baptist Church.
The church has 4800 square feet that contains our sanctuary, Sunday school classes, and a warming kitchen. Greater Heights held their last service at Brown-Pennington chapel on the morning of October 28th. Later that day, a dedication service was held in the new Greater Heights Baptist Church. The first worship service was held the following Sunday on November 4, 2012. Attendance was 198. On December 23rd, our first Christmas program and musical was held. There was great participation by all ages and a church-wide Christmas drop-in was held after the program.
We offer Sunday school for our children, youth, young adults and adults. Also, we have an active men and women’s group. Attendance is growing with an average worship attendance of 113. We also have Sunday and Wednesday evening services. It is amazing how God has blessed our church. Basically everything on the inside of the church was donated. We have Easter and Christmas programs and Sunday night singings on 5th Sunday.
There is a sweet spirit at Greater Heights Baptist Church. There are people coming to our church who have not attended a church in several years. God is at work in our church. Souls are being saved and lives are being changed because of the grace of God. Proverbs 3: 5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” God is directing the paths of Greater Heights Baptist. God has truly blessed Greater Heights Baptist Church. We thank God for these blessings and the continued growth of our church.