In 1831, a party of men traveled from Comstock, Michigan southeast to the Climax prairie. One of the men, Judge Caleb Eldred, prayed and asked God to:
“…raise up believers who would consecrate their lives to the service of the Heavenly King by a burial with Christ in baptism.”
He felt an assurance in his heart that this prayer would be answered. Judge Eldred and his son, Daniel, took up claims to the land and set out to be used of God for this end.
In 1837 the First Baptist Church of Climax was established. Under the tender nurturing of the Holy Spirit, many men and women worked to keep this local church faithful to Scriptural admonitions to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to see souls added to His church.
Fire, sickness, divisions, and the influence of Satan himself could not prevail against God’s church. First Baptist stood firm in the ensuing years. Many Godly men were called to pastor. Through them, and the faithful members, the Lord Jesus Christ guided the church in the direction that He would have it go. By 1974 the congregation had outgrown the building built by Judge Caleb Eldred and plans were begun for a new church to be put on land donated by Ron and Rene’ White, near Scotts. With a new location came the need for a new name and the congregation voted to call the church “Prairie Baptist” to reflect the heritage of the church built on the “prairie.” The new church’s first service was held on Mother’s Day, 1976.
A ministry unique to its time was begun in the fall of 1977 when Prairie Baptist School opened its doors for the first time. God has blessed and sustained the efforts in this field.
All during the history of First Baptist, preachers came and went. But in 1982 God gave to Prairie Baptist Church a godly man who would meet the needs of this local church in many unique ways. Under Pastor Tom Harrison’s leadership, the church grew. Bus routes to reach boys and girls were added and strengthened. A Wednesday night children’s ministry was revised and implemented.
In 1986, Preacher and Trish took a missions trip to India which sparked a missions burden that has been blessed by God and continues today. PBC has the reputation of being a missions-minded church.
In 1992 the new auditorium/office wing was built, and the original part of the church building remodeled. Our beloved “Preacher,” under the influence of the Holy Spirit, has advanced the cause of Christ in this local church, in our community, and among sister churches.
To God be the glory!