Kelham Baptist Church
Kelham Baptist Church began
in December of 1913 on the east
side of Oklahoma City. We celebrated 100 years in 2013.
Sarah (Kelham) Bath, wife of real estate developer Vincent Bath, saw the need for a Sunday School
for neighborhood children, and that became Kelham Baptist Church. She began a Sunday School in her home around 1911 to reach children in the neighborhood of Kelham Avenue and NE 13th in Oklahoma City. This church grew from that small beginning.
1955, Kelham moved
from Kelham Avenue to NE 36th and Staton Drive, taking in Park Estates,
a mission of First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. Several years
before the church moved, it spent almost $250,000 (in 1954 dollars—multiply
by 10) renovating the faciliities because Pastor Anson Justice believed a
church of some kind proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ would be there. He was correct: those facilities currently house Avery Chapel,
the late 1960s, Kelham moved to the northwest
side of Oklahoma City, in the process taking in the membership of
Utah Avenue Baptist Church. The two structures Kelham constructed
on NE 36th and Staton Drive now house two different Baptist churches.
Kelham Baptist Church is a place you can call home. Our music is
traditional (we sing hymns from hymnbooks) not because we are old-fashioned but because the hymns powerfully emphasize historic teachings of our faith. The community of God's people singing is a powerful testimony. Our preaching is expositional (we
explain the Bible and apply its teachings to our lives today). Our church family is warm and welcoming.