The History & Founding of Grace Baptist Church

In August 1998, a group of Christian believers came together under biblical conviction and a commitment to scripture to plant a church in Selmer, TN. The passion of the church plant was simple: to glorify God by evangelizing and equipping devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Early meetings were held in the warehouse of a local business and the Selmer Community Center, but Grace Baptist continued to pursue a permanent location.

In May 2001 the church purchased 10 acres of land on Connie Smith Road in Selmer. About a year later, construction began to build the church’s first building. The first service in the new building was held in June 2003.


Vance Pitman, Interim, August 1998 to November 1998

Scott Kennis, November 1998 to April 2007

Nate Penland, April 2007 to December 2011

Don Singleton, December 2012 to present