Dayton, Ohio 45439
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MIAMI SHORES BAPTIST CHURCH
The Miami Shores Baptist Church was birthed from a vision and burden the Holy Spirit planted on the heart of Pastor Travis Hudson. Through his leadership, the congregation of the old West Moraine Baptist Church began Miami Shores Baptist Church.
It all began with several people meeting and having services in a garage, and as God promised, He was in their midst. Brother Harless Hammons served as the mission pastor. Finally, on March 12, 1961, forty-six people became charter members of the newly constituted Miami Shores Baptist Church.
In 1962, the church called their first full-time pastor, Brother Tom Melzoni, from Oliver Springs, Tennessee. Also in 1962, he led the men in the church to construct a two-story building that was used as a worship center and educational facility. Later, the men rose to the occasion once again and in 1965 completed a new worship center adjacent to the first building. The church was blessed with a large bus ministry for several years, because of the many committed people and their sacrificial service. Pastor Melzoni served faithfully until his retirement in March, 1987.
As Pastor Melzoni was preparing for retirement, God was already preparing the heart of the man who was to fill the position and lead the church into the 21st century. God led the Pastor Search Committee to Pineville, Kentucky and Pastor Doug Surber. Pastor Surber became the second full-time pastor of MSBC on the last Sunday in March, 1987.
Several things have changed in the church under the leadership of Pastor Surber. The kitchen and fellowship hall was moved downstairs and remodeled. The church purchased a 1991 fifteen-passenger van, a 9.1 acre field that joined the church property, installed air-conditioning in the sanctuary, added a new roof on the educational building, completely installed front and back parking lots and added graveled parking on the north side of the church. They also added a new church sign, remodeled the nursery and bathrooms, installed all new flooring in the educational building, and now, have completely remodeled the sanctuary, including new windows, carpeting and pew coverings.
In 2008 we saw the youth remodel the Youth Room, updating and building a new media area. In October, 2008, the church initiated a capital fundraising campaign, “Lighting The Path.” Through the generous giving of our congregation, we have been able to realize many building updates: new windows in the educational building, classroom dividers in the Fellowship Hall to provide flexible classroom space, new heating/air-conditioning systems for the education building and the office areas, remodeling and new equipment for our sound room in the Sanctuary.
The church has ordained several deacons during the ministry of Pastor Surber and six men have accepted the call into full-time ministry.
Miami Shores Baptist Church is part of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Greater Dayton Association of Baptists and the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.
Miami Shores Baptist Church
4000 Vance Road, Dayton, OH 45439