Holly Springs Baptist is debt-free, burns mortgage


Holly Springs Baptist Church of Garrison celebrated with a luncheon and mortgage-burning after the church service on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Pastor Bobby Smith did the ceremonial burning of a copy of the mortgage. The loan of $650,000 is completely paid off.

Founding members of Holly Springs Baptist Church are Buddy Reneau, Steve Hartt, and Sammy Clifton. The men and others met beginning in November 2002 at the home of Buddy and Marie Renea for the purpose of organizing a new church. There were 28 people present at that first meeting, including Bro. Jay Snell and his wife, Corky. A steering committee was formed of Buddy Reneau, Steve Hartt, Sammy Clifton, and Dennis Lilly. The Congregational Methodist Campground was rented, and the first service was held in December 2002 with 68 people present.

From that beginning, Holly Springs Baptist Church has continued to grow. Twelve and one-half acres of land were purchased from Langston Kerr, and this was paid for in May of 2003. Then, later in 2003, a $900,000 loan was secured to begin construction of a new building. By December of 2004, the first service at Holly Springs Baptist Church was held.

As the church congregation grew, so did the need for more space. Another loan was secured to build the Generations Building, purchase additional acreage and the cowboy house. This loan is now paid.

Plans for further expansion include a new children’s outdoor play area, updates to the sanctuary, baptistry, fellowship hall, and a new church van, and much-needed space for babies and preschool children.