Orange Avenue Baptist Church

1106 North Orange Avenue, Green Cove Springs, Florida  32043
Where we, "Love God, Love Others, and Make Disciples"

A Brief History of Orange Avenue Baptist Church

Orange Avenue Baptist Church began in the hearts and minds of a small group of dedicated Christians toward the end of 1959. The organizational meeting was held on May 8, 1960, with twelve charter members. With the assistance of two men from the Florida Baptist Convention, Dr. John Maguire and Rev. Martin Stedham, a well planned church organization was put in place.

It was agreed that Orange Avenue Baptist Church was to be an affiliate of the the Southern Baptist Convention, which would "promote spiritual religion by all scriptural means and foster the spirit of worldwide missions." A strong home mission program was also an important goal for the new church that was planted. It was then decided that 10% of the offerings would go to support missions.

Many Christians have called Orange Avenue Bapt. home over the past half century. Here some have found new life in Christ. Others have been brought to a closer walk with the Savior. And others have had meaningful worship experiences here. The ministry impact of this church over the years, locally and around the world, are immeasurable, but the rewards can best be seen in the lives that have been changed. Often these rewards come walking back through the doors saying, " I remember when...," or simply sharing, "We have been away for a while, but we are coming home." Many have found over the years that Orange Avenue Bapt. is a great place to call home.


Past Pastors of Orange Avenue Baptist Church


Rev. Jim McCullough

Rev. Parrish Jones

Dr. B.W. Burns - Interim

Rev. James D. Young

Dr. Walter Bennett - Interim

Joe Paul Turner

Pastor Sam H. Jewel

Rev. Robert Loy - Interim

Dr. Greg Wrigley

Dr. H. Mark Nicholson

Rev. Terry Muntain - Associate

Rev. O. Wescoat Holloway - Interim

Pastor William E. Mills II

Pastor B. Darrell Sammons

Past Music Ministers of Orange Avenue Baptist Church


Jim Carey

Warren Donaldson

Rev. Peter Jensen

Terry Fulbright

Rev. Tim Downing


Past Missionaries sent from Orange Avenue Baptist Church


Steven Foster

Rob and Susan Dale

Henry and Tasha Clary

Doris Blattner

Mark McCullough

Lynn Foy

Gary Highsmith

Len Showalter