This weekend Colonial Baptist Church
celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary of ministry. That’s quite a
milestone—one worth some moments of reflection, along with the celebration.
For those who have never heard the story, here it is in a nutshell. In 1986, as
Pastor Stephen Davey was nearing graduation from Dallas Theological Seminary,
big things were being set in motion for the Davey family. Stephen and Marsha
were expecting twins and Stephen was praying and considering where God was
leading him to begin his ministry. Along the way he heard a challenge: “Don’t
pray for a church; pray for a city!” About the same time, a fellow student
shared some brochures and other material on the city of Raleigh. Stephen and
Marsha sensed the Lord leading them toward North Carolina—neither knew much
about the state except that it was close to their families.
Then Pastor Davey was approached by a small church plant in North Raleigh.
Although the opportunity looked promising, the church did not offer him a
position. A bit dismayed, the Daveys considered what they would do next: should
they look for another church, or did God have something for them in the Triangle
area? “Don’t let Satan take away in the dark what God gave you in the light,”
counseled Pastor Keith Davey, Pastor Davey’s father. So, while Marsha and their
young twin sons lived in Atlanta with her family, Pastor Davey began to look for
the opportunity the Lord had for him.
It didn’t take long to discover that there were many churches in North Raleigh.
But an opportunity to stay with new-found friends, who lived in Cary, began to
prompt Pastor Davey that perhaps the Lord was leading him to start a church in
the Cary area. He found a meeting space in East Cary Middle School and got the
word out through an article in the Cary newspaper—it happened that the religion
editor was looking for a story!
So September 7, 1986, the first service of Colonial Baptist Church was held in
the band room of East Cary. Twenty-eight people attended, along with some of the
Davey’s family. Soon, the church was thriving and was able to fully support
their young pastor. There are many more details of the Lord’s faithfulness
during those early months and years, but that’s history! “What gets my engine
going is what’s going to happen in the future!” said Pastor Davey addressing the
Coaches Corner ABF recently. “Our staff is developing; we’re turning closets
into classrooms to create more space!” said Pastor Davey. He also related the
tremendous blessing and opportunity that Colonial will have in developing new
leadership through Shepherds Theological Seminary. “I get a thrill out of seeing
people leading . . . that’s part of our intention [at Colonial] to see other men
leading,” said Pastor Davey.
When Colonial celebrated twenty years of ministry Pastor Davey said, “Our
ministry continues to be a text-based, Christ-exalting mission.” And that’s as
true today as it was then. So what’s next for Colonial? Pastor Davey put it this
way: "We’re just getting started!"
Come join the weekend of celebrations, as we join together to thank God for all
He has accomplished during Colonial’s 25-year history. The Family Fun Festival
will be held Saturday, September 24 in the courtyard, with games, food, and
entertainment, there will be fun for all. Sunday, September 25, Erwin Lutzer,
Senior Pastor of the Moody Church will preach at all three morning services.
Sunday night, we will conclude our church-wide celebration with Pops in the Park
at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Invite your friends, bring a picnic and
chairs, and be ready to enjoy an evening of great music followed by a
spectacular fireworks grand finale!