Homecoming & History

History of Marshes of Glynn Baptist Church

In August 1993 the mission’s development council of the Southeast Baptist Association approved funds to employ Rev. Ed Gill for 13 weeks to start a church in our area.

In September 1993, a group of pastors met and pledged their support.  Several of these churches also gave financial support.

By mid-November 1993 it was obvious there was sufficient interest that a church could be successfully started.  First Baptist, St. Simons Island agreed to serve as our Mother Church.

Rev. Ed Gill was called to be our first mission pastor.

The Baldwin Park Recreation Building was rented for the first full day of service which was held on January 16, 1993.  There were 42 persons present for the first service.

In that first service, 12.07 acres of land, located in the vicinity of the intersection of Buckswamp and Myers Hill Road, was donated for the church.

It was determined that the land donated to Marshes of Glynn did not have the visibility and accessibility needed to provide a good building site for a church.  Land was sought that would be nearer to the population center of the area.

Six acres at the intersection of Highway 82 and Emanuel Church Road was purchased for $35,000.00.  The church was built by volunteers.  Mrs. Nola Head sold the property to the church.

The first worship service in the church began Jan 16, 1995. 


  • Ed Gill                           Jan 1994 – Nov 1997
  • Miles Holcomb               Sep 1998 – Mar 1999
  • Roland Boutwell            May 1999 – Aug 2000
  • Harold Turner                Sep 2000 – Mar 2017
  • Larry Wilbur, Interim      Apr 2017 – Feb 2018
  • Storman Glass                Mar 2018 – Sep 2019
  • James Staubes, Interim   Oct 2019 - Present


Longest standing members of the church:

  • Olan and Wayne Daffron
  • Judy Strickland
  • Van and Elizabeth Troxell

The initial vision statement:

Marshes of Glynn Baptist Church will achieve its purpose by becoming a spiritual highway for reaching souls for Christ.

The Purpose Statement hasn’t changed:

Marshes of Glynn is a united body of believers in Christ, offering hope, teaching the truth, reaching the world and setting an example as we glorify our Lord.

Significant leaders:

Present Leaders

  • Daniel and Danielle Atkins
  • Steve and Sonia Robuck
  • Dell and Sammie Jackson
  • Judy Strickland
  • Bill and Margaret Mann
  • Bob and Karen Anderson


  • Daniel Atkins
  • Bill Mann


Highlights and Successes:

  • Pastor Gill agreed to climb on the roof if attendance reached a certain number (that number is unknown) but it was reached, and he climbed on the roof!
  • Fellowship hall was added and named:  Family Life Center
  • Pavilion was added
  • Educational wing added
  • Parking lot was enlarged
  • Tent revival in September 1994 – Rev. Stacey Dyer

Outreach to the Community

  • Vacation Bible School
  • Resurrection Baskets
  • Evacuation assistance in the Okefenoke wildfire in 2017
  • Hurricane shelter for neighbors during the hurricanes
  • Food, Coat, Sock drives for Sparrow’s Nest and homeless shelters