Fletcher Memorial Mission

  • Fletcher Memorial Mission was established July, 1978 sponsored by First Baptist Church of Statesboro, GA.
  • The original congregation of 60 met in the late Mrs. JD Fletcher’s home.
  • The land for the church was later donated by the late JG Fletcher.
  • The first sanctuary/education facility was built by the men of the church debt free.
  • Rev. Don Patterson served as the first full time pastor from October, 1980 to August, 1985.
  • Charter membership grew to 277 members under Rev. Patterson’s stewardship.
  • Rev. Roger Cabe served with his family as first full time music minister.

Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church

  • The mission was constituted a church formally in a special service in February, 1984.
  • The educational building (currently children’s facility) was constructed for $60,000 in June, 1984.
  • Rev. Steve Wilson served as pastor with his family from October, 1985 to April, 1988.
  • Rev. Patterson is lead back to Fletcher in January, 1989.
  • Church facilities have additions including a covered walkway and drive through areas.
  • Church gains vision for expansion as long term building committee is appointed in March, 1991.
  • Rev. Warren Rogers serves with his family as minister of music & youth.
  • Sunday School room expansion takes place with 3 room new mobile unit in January, 1992.

Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church – Expansion

  • Building Committee presents plans for new sanctuary in May, 1992.
  • Baptist Women’s Organization gets started in June, 1992.
  • Architects were hired to design new sanctuary in October, 1992.
  • Sunday School continues to expand as new 4 room mobile is purchased in January, 1993.
  • Church body celebrates debt payoff of education building in May, 1994.
  • The church senses God’s leading to move forward with a new sanctuary in March, 1995.
  • Ground breaking of the new 500 seat sanctuary begins August, 1995.
  • The church celebrates its new home in September, 1996.
  • Interim pastor, brother JD Turner serves, beginning April, 1999 to December, 1999.

Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church – Expansion Phase II

  • Pastor Ron Andrew accepts God’s call to minister beginning December 13, 1999 through August 2011.
  • Staff addition of bi-vocational Minister to Students, Kimberly Leddbetter, 2001.
  • Full-time Minister of Students, Bryan Bulmer, serves from 2002 to 2010.
  • Fletcher Memorial helps begin and house the Statesboro Hispanic Mission start, 2002 to present.
  • Bi-vocational Ministers of Music, Jana Cram followed by Dr. Karla Qualls serve from 2002-2006.
  • Forty Days of Purpose Campaign, 2003.
  • Video Projection installed in Worship Center, 2003.
  • Property addition — purchase of 2.5 acres of adjoining property, 2005.
  • Church seeks to prioritize children’s ministry — Erin McDonald followed by Lynn Reaves serve as bi-vocational children’s ministers from 2005 – 2009.
  • Full-time Minister of Music & Media Arts, Paul Reaves, serves from 2006 to 2009.
  • Church body celebrates early pay off of sanctuary, 2006. (Built in 1996)
  • “Imagine” Stewardship Campaign begins, Nov. 2006 – Nov. 2009 (1.3 Million Family Life Center Campaign, $1,000,000 raised).
  • Purchase of addtional educational space — Imagine I & Imagine II Buildings (5400 sq. ft.), 2007.
  • Staff addition of bi-vocational Minister of Evangelism, Justin Milliken, 2007.
  • Mission start, Community Baptist Mission (African-American Church Start), 2008.
  • Children’s Upward Soccer Ministry begins, 2008 (additional field, lights & building).
  • 2010 – “Imagine” Team continues to cast a vision for a future Family Life Center — FLC offerings continue to be given on a weekly basis.
  • 2010 – Addition of bi-vocational Minister of Music, Chad Mitchell and addition of bi-vocational Ministers of Youth, Shannon Mitchell & Austin Zeigler.
  • Baptisms from 2000-2010:  177
  • Surrended to Ministry from 2000-2010: 10
  • Ordained to Gospel Ministry from 2000-2010: 5
  • Financial & prayer commitment made to International Mission Board for “Unreached People Groups,” 2011.

Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church – New Beginnings

  • Hired Pastor Chris Fowler
  • Re-engaged community and world with new mission and vision