The History of BBC from 1962 thru 1972

In May 1962, Reverend Silas B. Holmes of Kilmarnock, Virginia became the fourth pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He brought his wife Helen and daughter Ruth with him. Reverend Holmes worked faithfully to strengthen the physical growth of the church. This led to the erection of the Education Building which was dedicated in June 1963; however, on February 18, 1964 disaster struck one more time.

The church was bombed. Once again persons from the surrounding communities assisted and encouraged this church body. In September 1964, Reverend Holmes resigned his pastoral duties. The members continued to keep the faith and with God’s continual guidance, were able to rebuild the church, as nearly as possible to its original likeness. The rededication of this building was held on Sunday, October 17, 1965.

In January 1966, Reverend Dr. Toussaint Davis from Worcester, Massachusetts became the fifth pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He and his wife Viola and their children quickly integrated themselves into not only the church life but community affairs as well. The church flourished under his leadership and plans for the erection of an Education Building began. The cost for this effort was $120,000 and the building was dedicated in June 1968. In June 1972, Dr. Toussaint Davis resigned as pastor.

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