A VERY BRIEF HISTORY…
In March 1979, in church planter Ray Allen’s home, a small group of believers met to organize a new church in Carver. They named it Charlotte Furnace Bible Church. Ray and his wife, Carolyn, had been living in Carver for nearly 2 years and working with the Home Mission Board, when Ray began knocking on doors to live out his ministry verse, Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
For the first eighteen months, the church met in people’s homes, Union Church, and the Sons of Veterans’ Hall. In 1980, the church changed its name to Faith Baptist Church and purchased its present facility for $28,000.
Over the past 30 years the church has welcomed six full-time pastors: Ray Allen (1979-1981), Robert Willey (1982-1984), John Boulineau (1985-1992), Mike Slavin (1992-1993), DJ Omarkhail (1996-2003) and present pastor Phil Hardwick (2006).
During an intense time of reevaluating their vision, the church shaped a new God-given purpose: to be God's tool as a loving family; to love God through prayer, genuine worship, teaching God's Word and serving others; to influence and impact the community by establishing relationships that encourage others to experience Christ's love and to live in a way that pleases God. This also led to the church changing its name to Church of the Vine.
The body of Christ in Carver has always been a solid and steady group. In the midst of tranquility, peace, transitions, strife, storms, and deep loss, they have remained firm in their faith and an exemplary witness. They have nurtured individuals who have left to serve God around the world—as missionaries, pastors, teachers, and even denominational leaders. Praise the Lord for churches who live out the importance of multiplying leaders for the harvest!