Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church
Small Church... Big Heart
Office Phone 937-299-6451
In 1958, the First Baptist Church of Dayton decided to support a new church project somewhere in the South-of-Dayton area. During the months of planning under the sponsoring committee of First Baptist Church, and in conjunction with the American Baptist Mission Society in the field of Church Extension, the Rev. Theodore (Ted) K. Pitt was appointed to serve as the first pastor. The first formal service of Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church was held February 1, 1959 at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the Southdale School, Kettering, Ohio.
Under Rev. Pitt’s guidance and leadership the church was organized and grew. The congregation of the First Baptist Church, Dayton underwrote the initial expenses of our church which included the purchase of a parsonage and a lot for the location of the new church. These two properties were later, on March 28, 1960, deeded over to the newly organized Dorothy Lane American Baptist Church. A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 17, 1960, for the original building. A dedication service for the new $125,000 sanctuary was held on April 23, 1961. On May 15, 1960, the charter membership was closed with 109 members. After six years the church became a self-supporting congregation.
In 1965, Rev. C. Roland Marcus assumed the pastorate and remained until December 31, 1996. In his 31 years of service he developed and led an active Adult Sunday School Class, Junior Choir, Baptist Youth Fellowship, Drama Team, and Vacation Bible School.
The educational wing and Fellowship Hall addition was built and dedicated in 1972.
We celebrated our Jubilee Year in 2009 with a 50th Anniversary Dinner and several special events throughout the year.
Pastor Karen Johnson came to lead our congregation in October 2010.
During our fifty plus years there have been numerous building improvements. Some projects were: handicap accessible driveway around church building, new roofs, renovation of sanctuary and fellowship hall, ultra efficient furnaces, and a playground.
The 1.3-million members and 5,200 congregations of American Baptist Churches USA share with more than 42 million Baptists around the world a common tradition begun in the early 17th century. That tradition has emphasized the Lordship and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, believers’ baptism, the competency of all believers to be in direct relationship with God and to interpret Scripture, the importance of the local church, the assurance of freedom in worship and opinion, and the need to be Christ’s witnesses within society.
The following facts are representative of the tradition and practice of American Baptists.
1. American Baptists believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and that the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God that serves as the final written authority for living out the Christian faith.
2. For American Baptists the local church is the fundamental unit of mission in denominational life.
3. American Baptists partake of two ordinances: believers’ baptism and The Lord’s Supper.
4. American Baptists believe that the committed individual Christian can and should approach God directly, and that individual gifts of ministry should be shared.
5. American Baptists take seriously the call to evangelism and missionary work.
6. American Baptists support religious freedom and respect the expressions of faith of others.
7. American Baptists acknowledge that God’s family extends beyond our local churches, and that God calls us to cooperative ministries.
8. American Baptists have been called to be Christ’s witnesses for justice and wholeness within a broken society.
9. American Baptist Churches USA celebrates the racial, cultural and theological diversity witnessed within its membership.
10. American Baptists heed the biblical call to renewal and the need for a vital witness in a new millennium.