Martinez Baptist Church
The Rev. Phillip Winsett, pastor of Martinez Baptist Church, stands at the pulpit in the church's sanctuary.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Address: 3632 Lynnwood Drive, Martinez
Telephone: (706) 863-7944
Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Services: 9:45 a.m, Sunday school for all ages; 11 a.m. Sunday worship; 5:30 p.m. AWANA; 6 p.m. evening worship; Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Bible study/prayer meeting; youths; Children mission times.
Pastor: The Rev. Phillip A. Winsett, for the past five years
Congregation size: Approximately 300 active members
Membership: Columbia, Richmond and Aiken counties
Founded: The church will celebrate its 40th year on Jan. 15, . "We are looking forward to a great day of celebration,'' Winsett said. "Rev. Joe Moss, former minister of education, will be speaking. We invite all former members to come and celebrate the day with us.''
Known for: "The church is known for its love of Christ. In my 26 years of ministry, I know I have not pastored a more loving church," Winsett said.
Music: "We worship with a blend of praise songs and traditional music. We enjoy the organ, piano, and keyboard,'' Winsett said.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about giving your church a try? "While Martinez Baptist is not one of the mega churches in town, I would invite anyone to come and join in worship with us. You are important in God's kingdom.
"If you are looking to utilize your God given talents, we anxiously await your visit. If you are searching for your real purpose in life, I invite you to come let us introduce you to the giver of life. There is no eternal meaning of life apart from the Lord Jesus Christ," Winsett said.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the faithful today? "Our society has become a 'me' society.
"Self-centeredness is killing the church. Far too many are about what 'I' want. Our Lord Jesus called us to sacrifice 'me' daily and to follow Him in service.
"Today's church needs to fall back in love with Jesus Christ. We are over committed to things less important which has left us with little time for God.
"The church must speak clearly the Word of God for people will only give you a moment of their time. I invite all to come this Sunday to Bible study and worship where your time will truly count for all eternity," Winsett said.
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