Glendale Baptist Church


1021 Glendale LaneNashvilleTennessee37204United States View Map

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(615) 269-0926


(615) 269-0988


Glendale Baptist Church was established as a mission of Belmont Heights Baptist Church in 1948 and was chartered as an independent congregation in 1951. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as the neighborhoods around the church expanded, Glendale experienced steady growth in membership. In the first 20 years of its existence, the structure and ministries of the church were consistent with those of many suburban Southern Baptist churches of the period. In 1970, with the call of Richard Smith as pastor, the congregation was led to think about the church and its role in society in new and challenging ways. Glendalers began to consider seriously Christian responses to such disturbing realities as war, racism, and economic injustice-and such provocative issues as biblical criticism and the church renewal movement. Concerns over racism and economic injustice came into sharper focus for the church during the debates over the desegregation of Nashville's public schools in 1971. Public positions taken by Richard Smith in support of desegregation efforts, along with changes in leadership style, caused the majority of church members ultimately to leave the church. Having set aside the security of some traditional Baptist practices, the Glendalers who remained, and the many others who joined them in the years to come, forged new understandings of the church and Christian discipleship. These members proclaimed a strong belief in God's grace and mercy and held that God's disciples should work as agents for change in the world. During this process, the church embraced gender equality, with both women and men serving as deacons and as heads of the divisions that carry out the work of the church. Rev. Amy Mears and Rev. April Baker were called as co-pastors of Glendale Baptist Church on October 24, 2004. Under the subsequent leadership of pastor Mark Caldwell, Glendale further developed its identity as a community of faith, rooted in the good news of Jesus Christ and historic Baptist traditions. Mark retired March 16, 2003, leaving the staff leadership in the hands of Rev. April Baker, whom the church called as associate pastor on May 19, 2002. On October 24, 2004, the congregation voted to call Rev. April Baker and Rev. Amy Mears as co-pastors, thus beginning a new pastoral model for the church. Amy Mears began her ministry at Glendale on November 24, 2004.

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