Kelham Baptist Church


"Strength for today, hope for tomorrow"


Services

& Events

 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

9:30 AM Bible study & Sunday school

10:45 AM Morning service

5:00 PM No Evening Services


Click the icon below for a bulletin for this coming Sunday.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Memorial Service for Joni Sapp

11:00 AM, auditorium

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

5:45 PM Fellowship Meal—Sausage Hash Brown Bake

$3/person

Reservations required

6:30 PM Bible study & prayer meeting

Youth & children's activities

We provide a low-power AM radio broadcast of the morning service in our parking lot on 1610 AM

for those who prefer to remain in their cars.

 

Thursday

1:00 PM Operation Christmas Child Sewing Day

 

Falls Creek 2021—June 28—July 3

Registration required

 

Our Beliefs

A cooperating church of the

Southern Baptist Convention®

More information about the SBC

Staff

Click on the graphic to go to the page to read this week's Newsletter.

For a free subscription to the Oklahoma Baptist state paper for members of Oklahoma Baptist churches, click this link. Click on the button for "Subscriber Services," and fill out the information form.A History by Gene Brewington

(Updated with scans of original graphics

and photographs)

Youth Happenings

(Updated March 18, 2021)

We have two weeks open for rentals.

Kelham Kabin

Falls Creek Cabin

(history, information, and pictures)

About Kelham Baptist Church


Kelham Baptist Church began in December of 1913 in the Bath subdivision on the east side of Oklahoma City. We celebrated 100 years of preaching the gospel in 2013

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Sarah (Kelham) Bath, wife of real estate developer Vincent Bath, saw the need for a Sunday School for her neighborhood children, and that became Kelham Baptist Church. She began a Sunday School in her home about 1911 to reach children in the neighborhood of Kelham Avenue and NE 13th in Oklahoma City. This church grew from that small Sunday School outreach.

Photo source: Gumm, John. [Photograph 2012.201.B0971.0026], photograph, February 5, 1959; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1294512/m1/1/?q=kelham: accessed June 10, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

Photo source: Kelham Baptist Church archives, Anson Justice files.

In 1955, the church 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 a little over $2.4 million in 2021 dollars) to renovate the facilities because Pastor Anson Justice believed a church of some kind proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ would be there.

Edited Photo source: Jacoby, Ray. Kelham Avenue Baptist Church, photograph, June 13, 1957; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1587363/m1/1/?q=kelham%20baptist%20: accessed June 10, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society

VBS Group Photo, 1957: Pastor David C. Hall is on the left.

Photo credit: Jacoby, Ray. Kelham Avenue Baptist Church, photograph, June 13, 1957; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1587363/m1/1/?q=Kelham: accessed June 10, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.

He was correct because today those facilities house Avery Chapel, AME.

In the late 1960s, Kelham moved to the northwest side of Oklahoma City, merging with Utah Avenue Baptist Church. The buildings the church had constructed on NE 36th and Staton Drive were sold and currently 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 hymns powerfully emphasize historic truths 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.

You can join our drive-in church service on Sunday mornings by parking in our parking lot and tuning your radio to 1610 AM.

"Strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow"



Kelham Baptist Church

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12605 3400 N. Meridian Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK   73157
U.S.
Telephone: (405) 946-9826
Fax: (405) 946-9826
(a voice call is necessary before faxing any material)




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