When Pleasant Ridge was organized on May 21, 1875, there was no church building, only a little log school house on a spot at the back of what is now the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Services were held under a big oak tree in the schoolyard. With 34 charter members, Rev. Elisha B. Waldrop was called as the first pastor

      Although Pleasant Ridge has a long history, we also desire to continually grow and meet the needs of an ever-changing world.  Through the many years of the church, Pleasant Ridge has been committed to sharing the message of Jesus Christ with the world. Pleasant Ridge is also happy to partner with other Southern Baptists at the local, state, and national levels as a catalyst in reaching our world for Christ.
 
A more complete statement of faith can be found in the Baptist Faith and Message.

 

What We Believe 

We Believe

… The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

We Believe

… There is one and only one living and true God. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

We Believe

… God as Father reigns with care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace.

We Believe

… Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.

We Believe

…The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God fully divine. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.  He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

We Believe

… Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation.  Man sinned against God and brought sin in the world.  Though sin separates man from God, Christ died to remove the wrath of God towards sinners by dying on the cross in substitution for man.  Man experiences restoration by belief in Christ and in His atoning work made manifest in the Gospel.

We Believe

… Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.

We Believe

… A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ (Baptism and The Lord’s Supper), governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation, each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord.

We Believe

… Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

We Believe

… The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

We Believe

… It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations

We Believe

…God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly.  The dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. The righteous will receive their reward and will dwell forever with the Lord.