Brentwood Baptist marks new beginning Sunday
After 75 years of ministry in High Point, Brentwood Baptist Church will give birth to a new name — and a new future — during its Sunday morning worship service.
“I’ve told the congregation, ‘It’s not often you see a 75-year-old give birth, but that’s kind of what we’re doing Sunday,’” said the Rev. Trey Coble, pastor of the small church on Gordon Road.
During a “Legacy Celebration Service” honoring the church’s 75 years of ministry, Brentwood Baptist will begin using its new name, CrossLife.
“We officially changed the name back in February, but we’ll be actively using it starting Sunday,” Coble explained. “Brentwood goes into the history books, and CrossLife starts out.”
According to Coble, Brentwood Baptist was founded in 1938 in south High Point, initially going by the name Pisgah Memorial Baptist Church. When the church relocated to Brentwood Street, the name changed to reflect its new location, he said.
“The church hit its heyday in the 1970s and ’80s, but since then they’ve kind of dwindled down as they’ve aged,” Coble said. “They went through some rough times, and now there are about 20 people who kind of keep things going.”
The church sold its Brentwood Street property in 1999 and met at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Eastchester Drive until 2002, when the congregation moved into the new facility it now occupies on Gordon Road.
Coble, who lives in Jamestown, became the church’s bivocational pastor in November. His other job is as assistant manager of the Chick-Fil-A in the Palladium Commons shopping center.
The church will remain a Southern Baptist congregation, but other changes are in the works, Coble said.
“We’re kind of changing how we do things,” he said. “The worship service will be more progressive musically and doing some other things in baby steps, but the biggest thing is that we want to get back into the community. We want to reach out and help the community we’re in.”
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