WHO WE ARE
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Colonial Hills Baptist Church consist of followers of Jesus Christ with the desire that God would be glorified in all things. We are a church where the complete Word of God is preached, and believe the Bible is the standard for which we are to live our lives. We believe the Bible alone is the source of authority for all Christians; salvation is a free gift to all who repent of their sin and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; salvation comes from what God has done, not anything that we do; salvation is through Jesus Christ alone; and the glory of God is the goal of our lives. We consist of a variety of people of all ages with the common passion to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and grow into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” Matthew 28:19-20. Our vision is to see not only Mt. Morris and the surrounding area transformed by the power of Jesus Christ, but the entire world. God has blessed us with the great privilege to be a part of His Kingdom work. Our desire is that all would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and grow into mature disciples of Jesus Christ.
We began as a non-denomination Sunday School in 1927 under the direction of Rev. George Shaw. In 1937, we built our own building on Downey Avenue in Flint and named the church North Flint Gospel Tabernacle. In 1949, we renamed the church Beecher Baptist under the direction of Rev. Louis Kalinchak. In 1951, Rev. John Crumb was hired and led the church for the next decade. During that time, a new facility was built on three acres of land on Coldwater Road. Rev. Floyd Wehner was hired as the new pastor in 1960. The church merged with Gracelawn Baptist Church and new educational facilities were built. In 1971, fifteen acres of land on Mt. Morris Road were purchased. A parsonage and new church facility was erected in July of 1972 and the first service of what is now Colonial Hills Baptist Church was held. In 1988 Rev. Floyd Wehner retired after serving for 28 years. Rev. E.L.Cobb was hired as the new pastor in 1988. In 1992 Doug Klein was hired as pastor. After his retirement, Pastor Brian Southerland was called to the church and continues to serve as pastor today.
Pastor Brian Southerland with his wife Mindy, and their three daughters.