State’s largest religious group still growing numerically and ethnically; 17 churches join Georgia Baptist Mission Board


AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Georgia Baptist Convention, the state’s largest religious organization with 1.4 million members, grew even bigger and more ethnically diverse on Tuesday when 17 new churches and two missions joined its ranks.

Of the new churches presented at the Georgia Baptist Convention's annual meeting, four are Hispanic, three are Korean, two are African American, one is Russian, and one identifies itself as predominantly deaf.

“We welcome these new congregations,” said Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond Jr. “We still have much work to do to reach our state with the gospel, and my hope is that these churches, with their love for Christ and their enthusiasm for serving Him, will help propel us forward.”

The new churches are Anchor Church in Evans, La Cosecha in Oakwood, Purpose Church in Hoschton, Crossroads Church South Fulton in Fairburn, Redemption City Church in East Point,  Adelphos World Missionary Church in Buford, Agape Deaf Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Glory of the Lord Korean in Duluth, Iglesia Cristiana Elevation Point in Grayson, Kingdom Kulture International in Ellenwood, New Song Korean Baptist Church in Buford, Legacy Church of Madison in Madison, City View Church  in Atlanta, Family Church in Marietta, Somos Ecclesia in Buford, Ark of Salvation Church in Powder Springs, Mar de Galilea in Byron.

La Cosecha, Iglesia Cristiana Elevation Point, Somos Ecclesia were identified as predominately Hispanic congregations.

Adelphos World Missionary Church, Glory of the Lord, and New Song are predominately Korean.

Ark of Salvation is the Russian congregation.

Family Church identifies as a multi-cultural congregation.

The five others are identified as predominately “Anglo” congregations.