Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church
The Rev. Robert L. Ramsey is pastor of Gospel Water Branch Baptist Church on Furys Ferry Road. The church was founded in 1880, and the congregation has about 700 members.
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Address: 703 Furys Ferry Road, Evans
Web site: www.gwbbc.com
Services: Sunday morning worship, 7:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday morning Kid's Church 10:45 a.m. and Children's church, 10:45 a.m. every Sunday except the fourth Sunday; Baptism, new member fellowship and communion every first Sunday, 5 p.m.; Wednesday Bible study, noon and 7:45 p.m.; Wednesday evening prayer and testimony service, 6:45 p.m.; and Children's church, 8 a.m.
Pastor: Robert L. Ramsey
Congregation size: 700
Membership: Most who attend are from Columbia, Burke, Richmond, Aiken, McDuffie and McCormick counties.
Founded: July 1880
Known for: "We are known for caring for people ... members and the community," Ramsey said. "We try to do a lot of things to show care."
Music: The church offers hymns, praise and gospel music accompanied by several choirs and praise teams. The church uses instruments such as an organ, piano, keyboard, drums and bass guitar in their worship.
"We try to do a variety of music," he said. "We try to be diverse in our focus. We try to minister to all people."
What would you say to someone who's thinking about giving your church a try?
"Gospel Water Branch offers a caring ministry," he said. "We have a diverse vision. We are looking for people to utilize their gift and fulfill their purpose.''
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the faithful today?
"It's accepting the transforming focus of the church," he said. "We have to do things differently in order to be effective. The church has to become more diverse. Traditional church practice is ineffective in these times."
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