AUBURN, Mass.—This Christmas, Hampton Street Baptist Church celebrated the birth of the Savior in a new home with a new name. “We moved the weekend of the 23rd and were in our new place for Christmas Sunday and New Year Sunday,” says Pastor Roy Kinney.
Roy Kinney is a missionary with Baptist Church Planters. In 2008, John Little, a regional field director with BCP, was working to revitalize Hampton Street Baptist, which was founded in 2004, and called Roy to lead the church. The church eventually began thriving and planned to purchase 12 acres of land on which to build a new facility for its growing congregation.
Just a half mile from its new property in Millbury, a historic building became available for lease, and the owner chose Hampton Street Baptist Church over other groups looking at it. In the renovated 1830′s home and business building, the owner operates an auction/antique business in the back; Hampton Street Baptist now rents the front. Other rental units are located in the building as well.
The new facility is only temporary as the congregation awaits the construction of its building. But a sign in front of the home—which is in a highly visibly spot near the police station, mall, and major routes—announces the church’s new name: Pinecrest Baptist Church.
“Our new property was known as Pinecrest Farms over the years and will give the location easily for people to find,” says Pastor Kinney. “We are so excited to be able to relocate and fit all our chairs in and set up for Sunday School classes, office, kitchen, etc. Our goal was to continue functioning on a full-time basis to further the growth of our church while transitioning.”
He concludes, “Continue to keep this whole sale process in prayer. The signing and closing should be in the next couple of days. Nothing has been easy with the sale as we are working with a VA loan that originates out of state. We have had to overcome many hurdles to please the VA and get to this point. The Lord has proven Himself mighty in every area and through this we have built many relationships in our community. We have also grown together as a church family.”