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To transform our neighborhoods, the next generation, and the nations through Jesus Christ.
Our mission statement can be summed up in 3 words:
together in united worship and teaching
in relationship as we follow Jesus
to unleash compassion and share with others
Ray Green serves as Lead Pastor of Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, IN. Both passionate and visionary about seeing lives transformed by Jesus Christ, he loves to see moments that lead to movements of God in the lives of people. Ray received a bachelors degree in Communications from Cedarville University and a Masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX.
He lives in Southern Indiana with his bride, their two children, and one spoiled chocolate lab.
In 1950, several men began a survey in the Lone Star area of New Albany, and the results of that survey led to renting a former donut shop on Charlestown Road for church services. Beechmont Baptist Church in Louisville assumed sponsorship of Graceland Baptist Church Mission in 1952 and acquired property on Charlestown Road for the mission. In 1953, two portable buildings were erected.
Pastor Elvis Marcum came in 1963 to a mission which was in a state of despair. There was little hope for a dynamic witness because of the heavy debt, struggling leadership, and lack of recognition in the community.
1967 saw Graceland stepping out to attempt great things in the name of the Lord and seeing the impossible happen. The church had a vision for the city and began to reach across New Albany. The pressures of overcrowded services and Charlestown Road traffic jams gave birth to the Abundant Life Community in 1976.
The church purchased 80 acres off of Kamer Miller Road and built a new worship center.
What was once a dream began to expand into a school, prayer chapel, bookstore, swimming pool, bus barn, retreat center, and retreat lodge with motel-like rooms and a counseling center.
The original sanctuary was damaged in 1999 when the roof collapsed due to an ice storm. After 18 months of construction, the new Worship Center was completed. In 2005, a three-year capital stewardship program, called Next Step, was started that allowed for the construction and renovation of a new state of the art children’s and youth facility. The property also includes a sportsplex that was completed in 2013 for the Recreation Ministry’s baseball and soccer programs. Graceland’s heart for outreach continues to grow.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Bible is our first and final authority for beliefs, faith, and practice and is truth without error.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
The New Testament pattern and order is to hear the gospel, believe in Jesus Christ and then to be baptized. The method of New Testament baptism is immersion, symbolizing the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each Christian has also “died” to the power of sin and has been raised to a new quality of life in Christ – Romans 6:4.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Each Christian believer has a direct relationship with God and is responsible for using his or her gifts to serve Him in ministry. 1 Peter 4:10
We practice two ordinances – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper or Communion. One is not saved by being baptized and one does not receive God’s grace by partaking of the elements of the Lord’s Supper. We are saved by God’s gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. We obey Christ through New Testament baptism and celebrate His presence through the Lord’s Supper. – Acts 16:25-34 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” – Colossians 1:15, Colossians 1:18
His life, teachings, and spirit guide our ministry.
See the example of the decision of the church to choose men to help with the distribution of food in Acts 6:1-6 and numerous other such instances throughout the New Testament.
While we are a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, no outside governing body dictates how we minister. In this sense, we are completely independent. We do cooperate with other churches locally and nationally for the purposes of missions and evangelism.
Graceland Baptist Church is guarded by our elders, guided by our staff, and gifted by the body. Authority for the day to day ministry matters of the church resides in their hands. These men are available for both counsel and prayer. Matters concerning church policy may be brought before the Elder Board.
The Deacons and Yokefellows at Graceland are part of the shepherding team to the church members. They prepare and distribute communion, welcome and greet guests at our portico, visit those who have been in the hospital, minister to our widows, and contact families that have experienced the death of a loved one.
In 1950, several men began a survey in the Lone Star area of New Albany, sensing God’s leading to plant a new church. By 1963, Pastor Elvis Marcum was called to take over leadership of Graceland, lending to the church adopting a greater vision for the city as they began reaching across New Albany. This vision has continued for more than 50 years; and, Graceland has had a track record for reaching out to people, building up Christ followers, and impacting the world for Jesus.