Our Invitation

On behalf of all the members of Bethesda Baptist Church, I would like to warmly invite you to meet with us each week in worship, prayer, and the study of God's Word.

Our desire is to help you and your family progress in your spiritual journey of knowing and following the Lord Jesus Christ. Here at Bethesda Baptist Church, you will...

  • Meet new and caring friends
  • Enjoy an inspiring traditional music program
  • Strengthen your marriage and family
  • Hear challenging and practical messages from the Bible that uplift you each week
  • Give your children solid Biblical training in an atmosphere of love
  • Be informed on special seminar topics by guest speakers
  • We invite you to carefully read through our Who We Are, What We Believe, and Visit Us pages to see how Bethesda Baptist Church can assist you and your family in the joyful discovery of God's will for you and your family. If I can be aof any assistance to you or your family, please fee free to let me know.

    Your servant in Christ,

    Pastor Leigh Upchurch

    Service Times

    Sunday Morning:

    Worship: 10:45 am
    Fellowship: 6:00 pm

    Wednesdays:

    Fellowship Dinner: 6:00 pm
    Prayer: 7:00 pm

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    (740) 777-6077

    Our Staff

    Dr. Leigh Upchurch, Pastor

    Dr. Upchurch has been serving as pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church since March 7, 2006. He has served as full professor and Chairman of the Department of International Ministries at Davis College in Johnson City, NY for 15 years, and as Pastor of First Baptist Church in Marathon, NY for 14 years. He served as a missionary under the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) for 16 years in the Republic of the Philippines, and 8 years in the USA in Denver, Colorado and Shelbyville, Indiana.

    His ministry has been in the area of church planting (8 churches) and college teaching (4 colleges). He earned his Doctorate of Missiology degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an MA in Missiology at Grace Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Theology degree from Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, NY (now Baptist Bible College of Clarks Summit, PA). He has also taken graduate studies in linguistics at the University of Washington, theology courses at Grand Rapids Baptist Bible Seminary, and Bible courses at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.

    Charlotte Upchurch, Music Director

    Charlotte has taught piano and voice since 1974 both in the home and as a college professor. She taught at Davis College in Johnson City, NY as Adjunct Professor of Music for 9 years, and as Associate Professor of Music for 4 years. While living as a missionary in the Philippines under ABWE, she taught music at Baptist Bible Seminary and Institute for 4 years.

    She graduated with a Master of Music Performance from the SUNY in Binghamton, New York. as well as having studied music at Iowa State University in Ames Iowa, and received a BRE in Christian Education from Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, NY. Charlotte also studied linguistics under the SIL (Wycliff) program at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Charlotte served with her husband, Leigh, as a missionary under ABWE for 24 years.

    Our Purpose


    The purpose of our church is the worship of the true God, the teaching and preaching of the Word of God, the fellowship of the believers, the administration of the ordinances of the New Testament, the spiritual nourishment of its members, and the carrying-out of the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Matt.28:18-20; Acts 1:8

    Our History

    Bethesda was originally founded on August 1,1964, under the Program of Propagation of the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches with support from eleven sister churches in the Greater Columbus area. The church was constituted, organized, recognized, and operating as a Baptist Church by January 1, 1965, and was accepted into the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches that same year.

    Bethesda began under the name of Hope Baptist Church, meeting in a rented house until May 1, 1965 when the congregation, then numbering 100, moved into the new building site at 3434 Watkins Rd. in Columbus, Ohio.

    Hope Baptist Church was re-named Bethesda Baptist Church along with the signing of a new charter on June 3, 1984. Bethesda still remains a member of the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches (OARBC, and a member of the GARBC national fellowship of churches.

    Over the past 8 years, Bethesda's building has been renovated, and is a beautiful place for public worship.


    Our Associations


    As a New Testament Church cannot "join" anything outside itself, but only affiliate itself upon the grounds of fellowship, this church is in accord with, and in fellowship with West Moriah Association of Independent Baptist Churches, Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches of America.

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