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In 1984, Dr. Charles W. Wetherbee led a group of people to organize the Maranatha Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia. The first service was held on June 10 at their temporary meeting place, a church building on 38th Street. Two months later, approximately 200 people signed the church charter on August 12. For close to two years the congregation met in various temporary sites including a local bank and a recreational center. Finally seven acres were purchased at the intersection of Double Churches Road and Willett Drive in north Columbus. Members of the church helped clear the land and assisted the contractor in building the new auditorium and Sunday school wing. Temporary services were held under the pine trees at the front of the property until the new building could be occupied in 1986.
Since the church was founded, hundreds of souls have been saved and many have surrendered to preach the gospel here in the United States and on foreign mission fields. In 1993, Dr Wetherbee accepted the call to pastor the Victory Baptist Church in Weatherford, Texas.
In 2000, under the leadership of Bro. Doug Hodges, the church added a new gymnasium and Sunday school building. Bro. Doug resigned later that year to become the Director of Missions at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In January 2002, Rev. Mark Brown accepted the call to become Maranatha’s fourth pastor. Pastor Brown preached his first sermon as pastor on February 3, 2002. Under Pastor Brown’s leadership the church has continued to thrive. The auditorium has undergone a complete remodeling, souls have been saved, new families have joined, and new workers have been called into the ministry. We thank God for His gift of a loving pastor who boldly proclaims the Word of God.