Bethel Baptist Cary held its first service on May 7, 1972 as seventeen people gathered at the home of Don and Jean Harold to organize a new church. Led by Pastor Bobby Jordan with the help of his wife Sandra and family, the church began its ministry to the Town of Cary.
As time went on, more space was needed for a Sunday School program and the church moved to Mrs. Lola Frank's workshop at the corner of Old Apex Highway and High House Road. The congregation continued to grow, and two-plus acres of land were eventually purchased at the present location at 1111 West Chatham Street. Excitement abounded as members pitched in to purchase pews and other needed items. Choir and pulpit furniture were added along with a new piano and organ. In those early years, God provided everything that this growing congregation needed to thrive. Soon, an Education Building was added through another building program and the present building B was completed in January of 1979. On April of that same year, the church expanded its property with additional acres, now used for outdoor games and overflow parking.
From the beginning, Bethel Baptist Cary has had a heart for souls and every ministry emphasis through the years has reflected this.
World Missions: Bethel now supports more than 30 church-planting missionaries around the world. The first missionary was Charles Shoaf, Brazil. Since that time, our church has supported missions on almost every continent. In 1979 the church began holding an annual Missions Conference emphasis week that continues to this day.
Awana: Another important ministry at Bethel is the Awana kids club, which we integrated into our children's ministry over 25 years ago. Still going strong, Awana meets on Wednesday nights and its goal is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him.
By November of 1983, the present sanctuary was completed with additional Sunday School classrooms. A larger nursery was added for the demands of a growing church with many children and families.
Soon after in 1988,
a camp ministry was initiated called “Bethel Woods” featuring a 2000 sq-ft building on 20 acres of land. The church enjoyed many wonderful times of ministry and fellowship at that retreat center!
Spanish Ministry: In 2002, Jim Bowers came off the missions field in Peru and began to lend his help to this outreach to the Spanish residents of the Town of Cary. So successful was the team, that this ministry has flourished until this day and is now led by ministry director Joel Bell.
With a demand still growing for space for families and small groups, the church family acquired additional, adjacent acres and, in 2003, added a new 21,000 plus sq-ft Jordan Family Life Center, featuring an new educational wing, administrative offices, and a 5,100 square foot multipurpose room. The church family now
had ample room for all existing ministries!
In time, after 35 years of leading the ministry, Pastor Bobby Jordan announced his retirement and the search was on to find a new pastor to lead our church. In November of 2007 the Holy Spirit led our congregation to choose Tom Farley as our new senior pastor. Pastor Farley worked diligently to minister to the congregation of Bethel and was a blessing to our church in the years that he ministered among us. Joining the pastoral staff in 2010 is our youth pastor, Stephen Nix. He and his wife Leah have taken the reigns of our youth department. In September 2012, Pastor Brian Norman joined the Bethel family and we look forward to how the Lord will use him in ministry as Senior Pastor.
After four decades in the Town of Cary, Bethel is not slowing down! Our leadership and congregation are working with a Great Commission focus to reach our local area of influence with the Gospel of Christ.