History of Kennerly Road Baptist Church

On September 19, 1991, the Articles of Incorporation were filed by Dr. J. Drew Conley with the South Carolina Secretary of State's office incorporating Tri-City Baptist Church of Columbia. Services began with seventeen persons at Campus I of Irmo Middle School on October 13, 1991, with the help of the Gospel Fellowship Association. The mission of the church stated in the first bulletin remains the same today:

"The ministry of Tri-City Baptist is Word-centered. Whether in the preaching, in the music, in the youth program, or in the outreach, God's written Word is our standard and God's incarnate Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, is our focus."

On January 31, 1993, the church, now with an average attendance of fifty people, moved from the school facility to a newly remodeled building (a former paint store) on Broad River Road in Columbia. On July 23, 1995, the members voted unanimously to purchase twenty acres on Kennerly Road and on April 25, 1997, in anticipation of the move, incorporated the church as "Kennerly Road Baptist Church." November 8, 1998 was the first Sunday service held in the new building with 154 people present.

Bio of Pastor Johns

Pastor Steve Johns and familySteve accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour in 1982 and attended Arlington Bible College in Baltimore, Maryland from 1998 until 2000 where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies.  He then attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies.

Steve worked at the Northland Camp and Conference Center for over three years.  At Northland, Steve served in many areas, including Publications, Promotions, Personnel Manager, and Supervisor of Counselors.

While at Northland, Steve became burdened for local church ministry and served as the Assistant Pastor at Long Lake Community Bible Church in Long Lake, Wisconsin, in January of 2005 and served there until August of 2006. In September of 2006, he became an assistant pastor at Kennerly Road Baptist Church.  He became senior pastor in June 2012.

Steve is passionate about the study and application of the Bible in people’s lives both in the counseling setting and in the public proclamation of the Bible through preaching. He takes as his theme ministry passage the directives of Jesus to Peter that to manifest love for Christ is to feed the sheep (John 21:15-17).

Steve married Beth Ann (Fetterolf) in 2004 and the Lord has blessed them with three children, Ian (7), Hailey (6), and Aaron (3).

Kennerly Road Baptist Church Articles of Faith

Section 1. Doctrine of the Scriptures
Section 2. Doctrine of God
Section 3. Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Section 4. Doctrine of Christ
Section 5. Doctrine of Man
Section 6. Doctrine of Angels
Section 7. Doctrine of Salvation
Section 8. Doctrine of the Church
Section 9. Doctrine of Last Times

Section 1. Doctrine of the Scriptures

We believe that every word of the original autographs of the Scriptures was breathed out by God Himself (II Timothy 3:16-17); that by virtue of the superintendence and empowering of the Holy Spirit, the human writers of the Scriptures wrote not their private interpretations but the very words of God (H Peter 1:19-21), preserved from error of any kind on any subject whatsoever (John 10:35).

We believe that the Scriptures are, therefore, the unique, absolute, authoritative standard of faith and practice, to be studied, proclaimed, obeyed, and defended (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 19:7-11; John 17:17; Jude 3-4); that they are to be interpreted literally, historically, and grammatically (Matthew 12:39-41; II Peter 1:16) unless the context clearly indicates otherwise (John 6:35, 51:58; 10:7; 15:1); and that every portion is without exception profitable for doctrine and Christian growth (II Timothy 3:16). We believe, therefore, that the denial of their inerrant authority contradicts the clear position of Christ and the apostles and thus undermines all facets of their doctrine as reliable for faith and practice; that the sixty-six books of the Bible constitute the complete and only authoritative revelation of God to man (1 Corinthians 14:37; II Peter 3:15-16); and that anyone who adds to or takes away from this completed revelation is cursed of God (Revelation 22:18-19).

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Constitution and Bylaws

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