Oakey Grove Baptist Church
The Rev. Rex Wright, pastor of Oakey Grove Baptist Church, says the church is down to earth.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Address: 911 N. Belair Road
Affiliation: National Baptist Convention USA
Church Web site: www.oakeygrove.com
Services: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; Sunday morning worship, 10:15 a.m.; Sunday children's church, 10:15 a.m.; and Wednesday prayer meeting and Bible study, 7 p.m. The Rev. Rex Wright says the church offers child care during regular services and also provides transportation.
Pastor: The Rev. Rex Wright
Congregation size: 300
Membership: Most who attend are from Columbia and Richmond counties.
Known for: "This church is a family-friendly church," the Rev. Wright said. "We are thankful that we are a loving, down-to-earth and receiving church. The people here are real. We are all trying to grow."
Music: The church offers gospel, contemporary, and praise and worship music. The church also has five choirs and a praise team, accompanied by drums, bass, a piano and organ.
What would you say to someone who's thinking about giving your church a try? "Should they come here, they run the risk of staying," the Rev. Wright said. "Our prayer and hope is to look like heaven looks, and for every soul to be comfortable here. We want to welcome any soul that the Lord will put in our presence."
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the faithful today? "Our concern is for the strength of the family," he said. "Oakey Grove's ministry is geared toward edification and building people up. Right now, it's one area that concerns us all. We are constantly asserting and finding ways to (strengthen) families."
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