Magnolia Baptist Church

Magnolia Church Road
Stedman, North Carolina 28391
(910) 483-4774

(Founded in 1855)

November 13, 1855, Randall McDaniel deeded two acres to William Bryant, Hardie Jones and Owen Jones, trustees for the Baptist Meeting House on Buck Creek. The original building, which was located in front of the present church building, was a frame structure and the house was simply weather boarded, but not sealed or plastered.

The first records it has been possible to find show that the church was functioning as an organization in 1858, and it is understood that 1858 was the year that the formal organization of the church took place. In that year, delegates were sent to the Cedar Creek Association with membership of the church given as 56 in the report. Sunday School was first mentioned in 1865.

Construction of the present sanctuary was completed in 1970. During its history, the Magnolia Baptist Church facility has progressed from a one room, unheated wood structure to a spacious climate-controlled sanctuary along with a Sunday School annex, kitchen and fellowship hall. In 1995, a spacious new fellowship hall, kitchen and six classrooms were dedicated. Renovations are now underway in the old fellowship hall and kitchen.

Magnolia Baptist Church has grown from approximately 60 members in 1858 to 297 members in 1999. Services have increased from once a month to a full time schedule, including Sunday and Wednesday evening services.