The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church fellowship was organized more than 134 years ago by a Sunday School and prayer meeting group. Today, The Greater Travelers Rest, located at 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur, Ga., is ministering to four generations under the leadership of our senior pastor/teacher Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. As The House of Hope, we welcome those in metro Atlanta and beyond to join us as we worship God, share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others and execute the business of the Kingdom with excellence.
Under the leadership of the first pastor, Rev. Sam Stinson, The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church fellowship was formed more than 130 years ago by a Sunday school and prayer meeting group. Rev. William Tillman (Father Tillman), pastor of Wheat Street Baptist Church, organized the church in May 1876.
The Greater Travelers Rest continued to grow and on Sunday, March 20, 1994, a ground breaking service was held to mark the start of construction on a new building. It was a day of rejoicing on Sunday, September 29, 1996, when the church relocated and dedicated its $8 million, 2,200-seat sanctuary at 2600 Whites Mill East (later renamed H.F. Shepherd Drive) in Decatur, Ga.
On March 26, 2003, Rev. H. F. Shepherd retired as pastor and The Greater Travelers Rest began its search for a new pastor. A pulpit committee was formed and commenced an eight-month search for a new pastor. In November 2003, God sent a Spirit-filled man in the person of Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., and on December 21, 2003, he was installed as the 22nd pastor of the church. Pastor and Mrs. Smith, along with Kamari Elijah and Kylen Isaiah, are a blessing to The Greater Travelers Rest family. Under Pastor Smith's leadership, the church has grown phenomenally in membership, attendance and finances. Additionally, a myriad of capital improvements and enhancements have been made.
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