About Eastgate Baptist Church
Here is our History
The Tri-County Baptist Church, in West Chester, Ohio, had a vision to plant a new church in the Greater Cincinnati area. Pastor Lew Davis call Mark Wash to be a main part of that vision. After much prayer, the Clermont County area, of Cincinnati, was chosen as a good location for a new church. Pastor Mark Wash and his wife, Tracy, began in-home Bible studies at a local family house. There were fourteen people in their first home meeting.
From there, they moved into an overflow trailer at the Boyd E. Smith Elementary School in Milford and had their first official church service, on July 19, 1987. Three families from Tri-county Baptist Church joined the effort: along with several families from the eastside of Cincinnati.
Soon after, another move was necessary, and on October 23, 1987, the church began meeting in the Clough Pike Elementary School, where they would meet for the next four years. Every Sunday morning, God’s people would transform that school into a church. They would carry hymnals, speakers, fans, nursery equipment and such, everyone carrying out their appointed tasks to help God’s work take shape on the Eastside of Cincinnati.
On January 17, 1988, Eastgate Baptist Church filed for incorporation with the State of Ohio, which was granted on January 26, 1988. After hours of discussion, going over every article of faith, the church adopted a constitution on March 12, 1988. The most memorable days of 1988 were “Charter Days” held in April and May. A handmade parchment charter was opened on April 24, 1988, and remained open for the following three Sundays. The charter closed with thirty Charter Members of Eastgate Baptist Church.
It was in the spring of 1988 that the Lord gave Eastgate Baptist Church the 12.55 acres of land where “the church on a hill” sits today. After weeks of negotiation and prayer, on June 16, 1988, a contract was signed to purchase the land. On October 10, 1988, the official closing on the property took place. An anonymous individual from Tri-County Baptist Church donated the funds to allow Eastgate Baptist Church to make the purchase possible.
In the beginning of 1990, a building committee was formed to plan the construction of new Eastgate Baptist Church building. The men appointed to this committee were: Pastor Mark Wash (Chairman), Dick Beckman, Jerry Hooker, Jack Smith, and Marvin Wash. On February 5, 1990, the church received a zoning permit from Clermont County to build a commercial building. Clearing of the property began with Paul May on his 1948 Ford Tractor and men with chain saws. In June of 1990 a contract was signed with Amburgy Properties for construction of the building, and ground was broken on September 30, 1990.
The year of 1991 would complete Eastgate Baptist Church meeting at the Clough Pike Elementary School. On Saturday, August 24, 1991, the Eastgate Baptist Church family moved to 717 Barg Salt Run Road. On that day, Pastor Lew Davis brought a challenge of praise and Pastor Mark Wash encouraged the congregation with a challenge of thanksgiving from Psalm 100.
The new building of officially dedicated on September 22, 1991. The keynote speaker was Pastor Lew Davis from Tri-County Baptist Church, with special music from the Dan Whisner Family. The most important moment of the day came when the cornerstone was revealed, dedicating every portion of the building to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The cornerstone reads: 1990 “…ye are God’s building”
A special recognition to some who helped establish this work:
Randy & Darlene Ratliff Charlie & Marcia Ard
Jamie & Melanie Bartlett Dick & Pat Beckman
Bucky & Dottie Henderson Troy & Jenney Crain
Marvin & Ruby Wash Jack & Amy Thomas
Along with many other faithful people of God.
In 2004, after seventeen years of dedicated service to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to the people of Cincinnati, Dr. Mark Wash stepped down as Pastor of Eastgate Baptist Church to follow God’s calling to serve in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In March of 2005, Eastgate Baptist Church called Dr. William J. Boyd to become the new pastor. Dr. Boyd, along with his dedicated wife, Beverly, worked hard to continue the vision of EBC.
In 2014, because of health reasons, Pastor Boyd thought it would be wise to step down from the pastorate of Eastgate Baptist Church. EBC is most grateful for the work of this great man and his family and will continue to carry the work forward for Jesus Christ.
On October 26, 2014, Eastgate Baptist Church called Pastor Dan Barnes to be their new pastor. He official became pastor on November 1, 2014. Pastor & Dalisa Barnes have dedicated themselves to carry on the work that was established so-many years ago.
And the work continues for the Lord Jesus Christ.