Community Baptist Church was founded in July, 1945, when 10 families felt the call of God to start an Independent Baptist Church in Garden City. The church's first meetings were spirit-filled prayer meetings, several of which were held in the old City Hall. Under the leadership of its first pastor, Rev. Rupert Walters, the congregation began holding services in the old Boy Scout recreation building at Dillon and Birchlawn in November 1945.
In 1949, the church extended a call to an exuberant young seminary graduate, Jimmy Allen, to be its first full-time pastor. Allen, then 20, who had been holding revivals in Belton, Texas, accepted the invitation. He preached his first sermon on April 3rd and was called to be pastor on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1949. Allen was mission minded and the church began supporting missionaries after one month under his leadership.
In 1950, Allen met and married June Odor. She described her husband as "a country boy with a sharp mind." Allen was likewise taken with her "gentle, loving personality." Allen combined his new role as husband with the increasing responsibilities of Pastor.
"I had a burning desire to reach people for Christ and get them baptized," Allen once said. "We brought people in by advertising in the papers, doing lots of house-to-house block work and also followed up on everyone that came."
After increasing their attendance by more than 200 percent in his first 10 months as Pastor, Allen led the effort to build a new building. In 1953, the church borrowed $75,000.00 from the National Bank of Detroit to help finance the project and used $12,000.00 of its own funds to build a 750 seat, air-conditioned auditorium. Community Baptist continued to grow and became known as "a friendly church."
The 1950's were the building years for the church. By 1955 a parsonage had been built and two years later a new Sunday School building was under construction.
The 1970's brought more change, when Pastor Allen's son, Jon, also a minister, became Assistant Pastor in 1975. Four years later, the senior Allen suffered a major heart attack and because of his declining health, resigned in 1981 after 32 years of full-time ministry. Rev. James Allen was then called home to glory on January 11, 1996, and his wife, June, passed away on July 11, 1999.
The faithful work of Community Baptist Church continued under the able leadership of their son, Rev. Jon Allen. Pastor Jon and his wife, Nancy, had met at Community Baptist while they were both still teens and were married in 1974. Many were saved and baptized under Pastor Jon's leadership and in 1983 a much needed remodeling project of the dated facilities was begun. Jon served the church tirelessly a total of 42 years before the Lord called him home on August 8, 2017.
After 68 years of combined leadership under the Allens, Rev. Robert Bratcher, joined by his wife Sarah, became Community's fourth Pastor in July, 2018. During his tenure as Pastor, the church continued to manifest spiritual and physical growth. After a brief ministry, Pastor Bratcher tendered his resignation in August, 2020.
On March 14th, 2021, Community Baptist welcomed Dr. Rick Bloom, as the church's fifth pastor, along with his wife Denise. Taking the Great Commissions seriously, Pastor Rick has refocused our evangelistic and missionary endeavors and anticipates additional growth in the days ahead.