History

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Maranatha Baptist Church was born out of the desire to see the kingdom of God instilled in Plains, Georgia. Originally named “Botsford Baptist Mission”, The church’s first worship service was held on May 22, 1977. Within a few short weeks, the church would take the name “Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains.”

The church’s first and only campus was completed in December of 1978 and remains our “central hub” of worship, ministry and mission.

Maranatha Baptist Church has been served by five senior pastors: the Reverend Doctor Fred Collins (1977-1982), the Reverend Doctor Daniel Ariail (1982-2006), Reverend Jeffery Summers (2006-2014), Reverend Jeremy Shoulta (2014-2016), and Reverend Brandon Patterson (2017-Present). Reverend Jesse Bell served as interim pastor in 1982.

Maranatha Baptist Church celebrates a rich history of serving the people of Plains and looks forward to where God will lead this congregation in the years ahead.