Our Vision Statement

To become the church God created us to be, connecting all people to Christ.

 Our Mission Statement

Reaching people with the life-giving message of Jesus, By Loving God, Loving People, & Making Disciples.

We are praying that Stithton Baptist Church will become the church that God created her to be. For this to happen, we as members and attenders must become who He created us to be. Everything we do must be more about Him, and less about us. As we do more to teach, support and do God’s will in our church, community, country and around the world to accomplish His will for Kingdoms sake, sharing His love.


 What we believe:

Constitution and By-laws
Business Minutes

Stithton Baptist Church Quarterly Business Meeting Minutes 7-14-19

  • At 12:17pm the business meeting was called to order.
  • Lisa McGee motioned to accept the minutes from the last meeting and Steven Marshall second. The motion passed unanimously.
  • There are no new members this quarter.
  • Pastor Denver explained what is needed for the ACP report and let it be known that it is due at the end of July.
  • Announcement of New Sunday School Secretary-Jan Demaree & Substitute Sunday School Secretary- Nadine Priest
  • The following Committee Report was given: Properties report form Norris Shake:
  • Showers install in downstairs restrooms is continuing, reading for painting and a modification to draining in women’s restroom. Two restroom in senior wing are completed and being painted. A 12 x 24 shed has been ordered and will arrive within 2 weeks. Shed will be used for storage of stuff we currently have in rooms throughout the church. Current sheds are being used for lawn equipment and World Changers supplies and equipment. A new roof has been put on and soffit and trim will be repaired soon. This was done using insurance. A workday may be scheduled soon to move stuff, paint and general cleaning on grounds.
  • Pastor Denver went over the finance report.
  • Pastor Denver announced that we are going to start mission trips soon. One to Alaska and one to a foreign country next year.
  • Pastor Denver would like to incorporate new members into the different ministries of the church. Please start thinking for where you would like to serve. The people that have been here for six months or more and should be tithing, to serve on finance or personnel committee.
  • Pastor Denver has asked Nadine Priest to head up a history team to compile the history of the church. Hopefully by December of next year, we will have a book published.
  • Kandice announced the change of AWANA to Sunday nights. There will still be a program for children that come to Wednesday night activities. There will be no busing for AWANA.
  • Wednesday Night Bible Study and activities will be beginning in Aug. Also Sunday Evening Service will return, beginning with Evening Revivals at the following churches: Aug 4th at 6pm -Rineyville Baptist Church with Pastor Eric Oliver; Aug 11th at 6pm-Stithton Baptist Church with Pastor Jerry Shacklett; Aug 18th at 6pm-The Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Herb Williams; Aug. 25th at 6pm-New Hope Community Church with Pastor Denver Copeland. We will be taking buses for the revivals. Times for bus departure will be announced at a later date.
  • Pastor Denver passed out the attached letter at the end of the meeting.
  • Jennifer Pyles motioned to adjourn, and it was second by Dianne Dunkin. The motion passed unanimously

  Church Family,                                                                                                     July 14, 2019 Since my arrival, and even before, I have heard numerous people, (some in our church, previous members and attenders, and some that only know about the church) say that Stithton will never change. Stithton has had a great past but for a period of time, before my pastorate, the church was not enjoying the best of times. We have been changing and are looking to become the church God wants her to be! Please pray before you proceed! Do not get upset or prejudge, pray! What better way to show an outward change than to change the name we go by?

  • The United Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Stithton, KY started Jan. 9, 1887 (concrete block on one of the first churches reads “Stithton Baptist Church 1878-1934)”.
  • On a document dated Sept. 12, 1908 was called Missionary Baptist Church of Stithton, KY.
  • In January 1917 Ft Knox acquired the land and the church disbanded in May 1919 to 1923.
  • From 1923-1933 the Baptist and Methodist used the same building between New Stithton and Radcliff.
  • In 1942 Ft Knox again acquired the land and in 1948 located where we are today.

  For 77 years our name has been for a town/community that does not exist any longer, and most people don’t even know it did. Almost no one can pronounce it or spell it the first time they see or hear it. I meet people all the time (that even live in Radcliff) that haven’t heard of Stithton Baptist Church or know where we are located. If you answer them “the church by Walmart”, they will say, “oh there is a church there”. We can’t change our building to look different enough to show a change inside, but we can change what we call ourselves to show change to the community. If we start going by the name below, when people ask why? We can say, because we are not the same church we were, come check us out. When they ask why that name? We can reply, it is who we are and explain with the three short statements below. When inquired as to our status as Baptist or remaining Southern Baptist we say “Yes! We are a Southern Baptist church and will always be!”. Our doctrine and level of giving to Southern Baptist causes will remain steadfast. Our history of the church will always state information about Stithton from her birth to the present. Aspire Church Aspire, people to know Christ Aspire, people to grow in Christ Aspire, people to tell others about Christ Definition of the above three statements:

  • To bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and accepting Him as personal Lord and Savior. ● Help them to grow in Christ, by teaching them God’s Word and to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading. ● Lead them to share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, that others might be saved.

  We would not change the name; We would be doing business as “DBA” Aspire Church. All federal and state legal documents will still be Stithton Baptist Church.   We will have a question and answer time at Wed. night bible study Oct. 16, 2019, after Sunday morning service Oct. 20th and during the evening service Oct. 27th, when this is voted on (and if approved) in our Nov. 3, 2019 annual business meeting, it would start January 1, 2020.  

For the first year we would put this on everything:  Stithton Baptist Church “DBA” Aspire Church on Jan. 1, 2021 the Stithton Baptist Church “DBA” would be dropped. Please pray and consider everything in this letter.             

Thank You, Pastor Denver

Definition of Aspire as·pire/əˈspī(ə)r (verb) 1 direct one’s hopes or ambitions toward achieving something. “we never thought that we might aspire to those heights” 2 synonyms: 3 desire (to), aim for/to, hope for/to, long for/to, yearn for/to, hanker after/for/to, set one’s heart on, wish for/to, want (to), expect (to), have the objective of, dream of, hunger for/to, seek (to), pursue, have as one’s goal/aim, set one’s sights on; be ambitious; literary thirst for/after; archaic be desirous of “a more prosperous Britain can aspire to excellence in the arts”


  Quarterly Business Meeting Minutes 5/19/19

  • Opened in Prayer
  • Approval of the minutes of the last business meeting was brought to a vote. John Marshall motioned to approve and Norris Shake second. The motion carried unanimously.
  • Vote on new members-Diane Dunkin motioned to accept the new members and Sally Latimer second. Motion carried unanimously.
  • Vote on officers for the KY Annual Report-Brett Pyles motioned that we keep the same officers as last year, Lisa McGee second. Motion carried unanimously.
  • Vote on Southern Baptist Convention Messengers- Pastor Jeremy Watson and John Marshall volunteered to go. Marylin Shake motioned to accept them as messengers and Steve Ressor second. Motion passed unanimously.
  • We reviewed the committee reports:

            Mission Committee Report 04/23/2019 by Ruby Mercer Our last mission offering was the Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions, which includes both the United States and Canada. The total was $3,478.01, which is an increase over the past few years. The missionaries to Africa we are helping to support have moved from Burkina Faso because of dangerous conditions. They will continue to work with the Fulani people in Guinea, since their knowledge of that language will be of value in the work they are doing. Also, the Fulani people live in a widespread area of the continent and many have never heard of Jesus. We are also contributing to Cadence International, a ministry to American military communities overseas

  • Reviewed Finance report and Lisa McGee motioned to accept the report and Jennifer Pyles second. Motion carried unanimously.
  • Pastor Denver went over a statistic sheet that covered the last 5 years.
  • Oliver Sullivan motioned to adjourn and John Marshall second. Motion carried unanimously.


Special Business Meeting Minutes
The purpose of the Special Meeting is to vote on the following clauses that will be added to Stithton Baptist Church’s Bylaws. By adding these clauses, the bylaws will contain the proper statements needed to file for a 501(c)(3). The motion to make these changes was made by Brett Pyles and it was seconded by Diane Dunkin. The clauses that were presented were:
Purpose Clause:
The specific purpose for which the corporation is initially organized is to establish and oversee places of worship, conduct the work of evangelism, create departments necessary to support missionary activities, license, ordain, and oversee ministers of the gospel and to also engage in activities which are necessary, suitable, or convenient for the accomplishment of that purpose.
 Dissolution Clause:
In the event of dissolution of the corporation, no part of the corporation’s earnings or assets shall inure to the benefit of any of its members; the residual assets of the corporation shall be distributed to one or more organizations which themselves are exempt as organizations described in sections 501(c)(3) and 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding sections of any prior or future law, or to the federal, state, or local government for exclusive public purpose.
Jamie Richards suggested the following changes to the Purpose Clause to add Christ/Christian:
Purpose Clause:
The specific purpose for which the corporation is organized is to establish and oversee places of worship; conduct the work of Christian evangelism; create and maintain departments necessary to support Christian missionary activities; license, ordain, and oversee ministers of the Gospel of Christ; and engage in activities which are necessary, suitable, or convenient for the accomplishment of that purpose.
The changes of the Purpose Clause were voted on and were approved unanimously. Then the body of the church voted on the clauses to be added to the bylaws. The vote was a unanimous yes to add the clauses.
Minutes presented by,
Shameca Freeman
Church Clerk

From 1/13/19

  • Bruce McGee opened the business meeting with a word of prayer.
  • The approval of the last business meeting was voted on and passed unanimously.
  • The approval of new members was voted on and passed unanimously.
  • Committee Reports:

MISSIONS COMMITTEE REPORT JANUARY 13, 2019 So far this year our Lottie Moon offering has come to $2,432.00. The funds are not sent in to the SBC for another week or so, so if anyone wants to give more, there is still time to do so. Annie Armstrong this year will be in April. It is normally a March affair, but our Women’s retreat comes in late March, so we take the North American Missions Offering in April. More about this later on. Our report from Africa is that the Teeples, Joel and Deborah, are safe in Burkina Faso but may soon move into a different country for security reasons. We are praying that their studies in the Fulani language will be utilized, as the Fulani people are mostly illiterate and in great need of the gospel in an oral form. Stithton is now supporting work by Cadence International, a mission in Germany to military personnel. Anthony Amor works with them and preached here last year. There will be more details on that work later, as it becomes available. WOMEN’S MINISTRY REPORT JANUARY 13, 2019 They are having a baby shower for the Cagles on Jan. 26. The sign-up sheet for the Ladies Retreat is located at the Worship Center Welcome Desk. Please sign up, the cost is $90. Feb. 9 is the Valentine Breakfast at The Golden Corral at 9am.

  • Starting next business meeting, all committee reports need to be turned in to the office by the Friday before the meeting.
  • A motion to make John Marshall our outreach pastor was made by Pastor Denver and seconded by Stephen Marshall. The vote passed unanimously in favor of John as the outreach pastor.
  • The financial report from last year was gone over by Pastor Denver. Pastor Denver made a motion to accept the report and Lisa McGee seconded. The floor was opened for questions.

Stephen Marshall asked if we will budget for the unexpected for this year. Pastor answered that we will not add to the budget for that, but we did adjust for things that we do know that will be coming. Teresa Simpson asked if we have gotten quotes for the AC units that need to be replaced. The pastor answered that it would cost us $18,000 to $20,000. The report was voted on and passed unanimously.

  • The events calendar was presented by Shameca Freeman. She let the congregation know that the calendar was tentative and to let her know about changes or events that need to be added.
  • Pastor Denver talked about the bylaws and how they don’t match what is needed to qualify for the 501 c 3. As soon as he has the correct information, he will call a special business meeting for changing the bylaws.
  • Pastor Denver talked about hiring 2 people to clean at a lower rate. One person has already been hired working 12 hrs. We are looking to hire the other person at 20 hrs. a week. We are also looking at hiring someone for security. It will not change anything financially and it’s all in the budget plus a little more.
  • As of yesterday, we had 294 signed up for World Changers. We will be getting some new equipment in the kitchen to help. Pastor Denver is working on fundraising and meeting with different mayors to support the event. Bruce McGee suggested that we get KNT for World Changers.
  • Closed the meeting in prayer.

Stithton Baptist Church Quarterly Business Meeting Minutes 11/4/18

  • Bruce McGee, the moderator, opened the meeting with prayer
  • Vote on new members-Jim Wetzel motioned to accept the new members and Norris Shake second. The vote was unanimous to accept the new members.
  • Approval of the minutes from the last meeting-the vote was unanimous to accept the minutes.
  • Reports from committees
    • Missions Committee presented by Ruby Mercer- This year we gathered $1541.00 for Eliza Broadus Offering for missions within Kentucky. The next offering will be the Lottie Moon Offering for International missions in December. The theme for that will be Your Prayers Transform Lives.

We have been donating to the support for Joel and Deborah Teeple, who will be returning to their mission field in Burkino Faso. They and their six-month old son, Silas, will leave for Africa the 30th of November, after Thanksgiving. They will be in the capitol city of Ouagadogou. But because the area is dangerous the sending organization may assign them to a different country in Africa.

  • Deacons Report presented by Norris Shake-New leadership will be voted on at the next deacons meeting. It will be posted after the vote.
  • Benevolence presented by Norris Shake-59 people have been assisted, not including Esther’s Closet. Through giving, the Care ministry this raised $2900. Of that amount $700 remains in the account. This does not reflect the people that we turn away.
  • Women’s Ministry presented by Jennifer Pyles-Food drive for Esther’s Closet for the month of November. Sunday school classes has been combined and are posted in the gym. OCC drop off is Nov. 12-16. Please sign up at the welcome center.
  • AWANA presented by Louise Taylor-we need listeners for AWANA from 6:30-7:30pm. Right now, we have 11 volunteers for 57 kids. Please volunteer or sponsor a child.
  • Financial Report presented by Pastor Denver- (a handout was presented at the beginning of the meeting and is in the main business meeting folder in the office.) Pastor went over the handout in detail. Changes will be made. We are about $4000 over the budget PTL. But we have had     many expenses this year. Some are in the budget, but some were not. Moving of employee,    remodel of 100 New St., $8500 was paid to the IRS and $6500 on an a/c unit were some of the        John Marshall motioned to accept the report and Norris Shake second. It was a        unanimous vote to accept the budget report.
  • William Wooden’s last day will be Nov. 18. He is moving to Watertown, NY to help with a ministry in that area.  The staff will cover William’s duties.
  • Vote on upcoming year’s budget- (a handout was presented at the beginning of the meeting and is in the main business meeting folder in the office.) Pastor Denver went over the       report in detail. Overall the budget would increase by 5%. The proposed budget passed
  • Kandice spoke on the Food Back Pack Program. We are in need of donations.
  • Closed the meeting at 12:48pm

Stithton Baptist Church Quarterly Business Meeting Minutes Aug. 19, 2018

  • Brett Pyles opened the meeting with a word of prayer.
  • Approval of the minutes of the last business meeting was brought to a vote. John Marshall motioned to approve the minutes and Conrade Holloway second. It was voted unanimously to accept the minutes.
  • The new member list was presented. Sallie Potts motioned to accept the list and Sally Latimer second. New members passed unanimously.
  • Report from Missions- Since June this year, Stithton has been supporting the mission of Joel and Deborah Teeple, who are at this time home for the birth of their baby and to gather support. They will return to Burkina Faso in Africa later this year. We have been giving $50.00 per month through their sending agency, SIMUSA.

Our next SBC mission offering is in September. It is called the Eliza Broadus Offering and is all   given to serve missions in Kentucky. The theme this year is Testify. Since June, we have been gathering items to go into boxes for the Christmas Child affair in        November. The bins and jar for dollars to send the boxes are still out, in the hallways and on the      welcome desk. The cost of sending each box has risen to nine dollars each so such monetary         gifts are greatly appreciated.                            Submitted by Ruby Mercer

  • Report from Women’s Ministry-Jennifer Pyles informed the church that the ladies are having a mini retreat September 29 from 9am-2pm. Please sign up. It’s open for all ladies and it’s free.
  • Financial report-Pastor Denver reviewed the report with the church. Jamie Richards motioned that we accept the report and Conrade Holloway second. The motion passed unanimously.
  • General Information
    • We are buying a hearing device system for the Sanctuary. Please let Shameca Freeman know what type you would like. The choices are earbuds, headphones, or you can use your hearing aids with Bluetooth settings.
    • Benevolence fund-For the month of July, we helped 10 families. For the month of August, we have helped 8 families so far. We turn away about 25 families per week on average.
    • Parsonage update-The Hightower’s & The Watson’s have moved in.
    • Shameca Freeman will be on vacation Sept.1-9. SBC staff will be covering for her.
  • Vote on messengers-We need at least 12 people to volunteer to represent SBC. Norris Shake motioned to approve the first 12 people that volunteered and Diane Dunkin second. The vote passed unanimously.
  • New Business-We are looking at giving Locust Grove Baptist Church $100 a month to help support them. It will be a church restart.
  • Awakening Weekend- Norris Shake explained the schedule and gave information about the Awakening.
  • Steven Marshall motioned to adjourn and Jennifer Pyles second.

  Stithton Baptist Church Quarterly Business Meeting Minutes May 6, 2018

  • Bruce opened the meeting with a word of prayer
  • Pastor Denver gave a brief overview of the agenda.
  • Approval of the minutes of the last business meeting was brought to a vote. Diane Dunkin and Sallie Potts mentioned the changes on committees since the last meeting.  Margaret Freeman has stepped down as chair of the Stewardship Team and Sallie Potts is now the chair. On the Personnel Committee, Sallie Potts and Bruce McGee have been added and Lee Bishop has stepped down. Shameca will email, put on the website, and place at the welcome centers all the business minutes from now on. Conrade Holloway motioned to accept the minutes and Diane Dunkin second. It was voted unanimously to accept the minutes with the changes.
  • The new member list was presented. Sally Latimer motioned to accept and Jim Wetzel second. New members passed unanimously.
  • Committee Reports- Ruby Mercer reported for the Missions Committee. The major activity of missions during the past months was the Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions. We gave, in total, $2330. We will be filling baskets for the Christmas boxes throughout July. The emphasis will be giving the most needed items, which are soap (ivory), writing materials-meaning pens, pencils, sharpeners, paper, and clothing.
  • Staff Updates- Tyler Nelom has turned in his letter or resignation as Youth Pastor and his last day will be May 19th. Pastor Jeremy Watson will take over the youth responsibilities and the extra hours that are required for the position. Melissa White has turned her letter of resignation and her last day will be May 20th. We need volunteers to cover the following until we can find someone for the position.
    • Children’s Sunday School coordination
    • Children’s Church material
    • AWANA
    • Nursery coordination
    • Children’s Activities Wednesday nights and Sunday Nights
    • VBS
  • Sally Latimer and Diane Dunkin have volunteered to work the nursery this Wednesday night.
  • Pastor Denver motioned that SBC will go through the process to get a 501 c 3 and Ron Cox seconded it. The pastor explained that it would be about a $1500 cost for the process. It passed unanimously.
  • Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, the men are cooking breakfast. No women in the kitchen.
  • Pastor Denver stated that we are at the break even point with the SBC properties. We have 3 more spaces to rent. We owe the church back about $7000. Please keep praying that we rent out all of the offices.
  • Overview of finance report, no questions.
  • Super Senior trip is now May 23, leaving at 9am returning at 3pm
  • Closed in prayer by Chuck Heater.
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