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Uniacke United Baptist Church
The Uniacke United Baptist Church is a seedling of Dr. Freeman Fenerty, which was organized in 1978 after spade work in the Union Church was done by Rev. Philip Penny. The church in its early days was an outreach ministry of South Rawdon United Baptist Church, and it was through the support of Rev. Penny and his ministry in the Union Church building that the Uniacke Baptist Fellowship started in 1976. Growth was slow and often the church service had only six people in attendance, but God provided and the work moved forward.
Dr. Fenerty arrived in the community in the fall of 1978 and very quickly contacted as many local Baptists as he could and started raising funds for a new church building. Through the support of many individuals and churches from the Eastern Valley Association, the Halifax County Association and the Atlantic United Baptist Convention, a church building was started in the fall of 1979 with the official opening in November, 1980. The church became a member of Eastern Valley Association that year, and a parsonage was started in 1983. In September, 1984, the church called Rev. Andrew Irvine as its pastor, and he served until 1986. Rev. Irvine was followed by Rev. Wayne Wright who served until 1988. Rev. Wright was followed by Rev. Alan Orser, who served as Pastor for over 28 years, until September 2016.
There have been a number of highlights over the years. The church adopted a Constitution in 1984. The mortgage on the parsonage was burned in 1988. The decision was made in 1989 to become a self supporting church and no longer seek Home Mission Board assistance. The church became a member of the Halifax County United Baptist Association in 1993 and hosted Association meetings in October, 1994. The Atlantic United Baptist Convention recognized the church as a "Plus Giver" in 1993 and each year since. The year of Millenium 2000 was marked by the return of founding pastors Dr. Freeman Fenerty and Rev. Philip Penny for special anniversary services, and by an intensified campaign to raise funds for needed renovations.
Uniacke United Baptist Church continues to enjoy good relations with the other Christian churches in the area, and good standing in the community. We have every reason to believe that God will continue to do good things, for the Scriptures remind us, "(The righteous are) like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers." Ps.1:3
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