Passion for God, Compassion for People.
On October 20, 1976 a meeting was held at Rankin Lake Club House.
The purpose of which was to organize and sign the Charter for Maranatha Independent Baptist Church.
There were sixty one members who signed the Charter.
Of those sixty one, Robert Hill, Jerry Barrett, Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd "Jack" Watson, R.B. Phillips, Ned Heafner, Jeff Watson, William "Creed" Hope, Thelma J. Hope and Rosa Trantham have gone on to be with the Lord.
In October, 1976 we located a building in Dallas, North Carolina.
This building was owned by the Norris family of Gastonia.
We signed a two year lease with the option to buy.
Our first service was held in the Norris building on December 5, 1976.
While waiting on the Lord to send us a pastor various preachers filled the pulpit.
On July 10, 1977 the church called Terry G. Heffner as interim pastor for a period of three months.
On November 6, 1977 the Lord placed Brother Heffner at Maranatha as our full-time pastor.
On November 17, 1977 we signed papers to purchase the four acres of land upon which we would build.
In October 1991, Pastor Scott Wilson came as supply pastor during the illness of Pastor Heffner.
On May 19, 1992 the church called Pastor Wilson as full-time pastor.
During that time, the church started and continued many works for the Lord, including, opening Maranatha Christian Academy, supporting missionaries at home and abroad, monthly nursing home visitation, weekly prayer and soul winning outreach, a youth group, and a seniors ministry "The Jolly Seniors" as well as monthly men's and ladies bible study.
In 2001 the church began building a beautiful new 250+ seat sanctuary.
We had our first service in the new sanctuary Sunday Morning June 23, 2002.
We held our dedication service July 21, 2002, the building was full and our hearts overflowed.
On July 4, 2003 the church installed an illuminated sign on Dallas-Cherryville Highway.
In October of 2002 Pastor Wilson resigned and the church began seeking a pastor.
Many men filled the pulpit and encouraged the church during this time.
In March 2003 the church voted to ask Larry Nantz to be our interim pastor.
On July 20, 2003 the church voted to accept Pastor Nantz as full-time pastor.
Pastor Nantz resigned in February 2004 and the church began seeking direction from the Lord for a pastor.
Several men challenged and strengthened the church during the Spring of 2004.
The church asked Chris Doster to fill the pulpit as our interim pastor in May 2004.
The Lord is blessing our church and we are looking forward to the great things He has in store for us!