This is how God started His work here in Columbia, and how He is continuing that work to His glory.
"I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it..." Matthew 16:18 ESV
Early in 1965, a survey of the area and a Bible study on a Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Calderwood were the beginning of what is now Baptist Fellowship. God blessed those efforts, and by August 1965, the first Sunday morning worship service was held with an attendance of 34. These events followed, and give you a sense of where we have been, and who we are today:
1966- Jack Schneider becomes the first pastor of Baptist Fellowship
1967 - A Bible study initiated by Baptist Fellowship becomes the First Baptist Church of Tolland
1970 - Lester and Grace Cooper donate land in Columbia for a church building
1971 - Our first building (now the chapel and offices) is dedicated
1976 - Scotland Christian Fellowship is started as a mission church of Baptist Fellowship
1978 - Our second (and current) building is dedicated to service
1981 - Iglesia Bautista de Willimantic is started as a mission church and uses our facilities for 20 years
1983 - Lighthouse Christian School is started and uses our facility
1997 - Dennis Reiter joins staff as Associate Pastor.
2012 - Brian Keldsen is installed as the new Senior Pastor