Who We Are
East Brandywine Baptist Church was planted in 1842 when the new pastor of Windsor Baptist Church in Uwchland Township, Thomas Griffith, began preaching the gospel on Sunday afternoons. As a result of these open-air meetings, men and women began turning from their sin and trusting in Jesus for salvation. Our church was officially founded in 1843. The official name of our church is “The Brandywine Baptist Church of the County of Chester.” We are publicly known as East Brandywine Baptist Church.
For most of our 175 Years, EBBC was a member of the American Baptist Convention. In 1985, our leaders led us to leave the ABC and become an independent Baptist church. You can read our complete history here. On January 22, 2017, our church adopted a new Constitution and Bylaws that altered our governance. East Brandywine Baptist Church is now led by an elder team, served by our deacons, and governed by our members.
We believe that all of life is worship(Romans 12:1-2). However, when the church gathers as the church on Lord’s Day, we believe that there are particular practices that God’s Word regulates and calls us to do.
- We read the Scriptures publicly (I Tim. 4:13a). This is often done through an opening “Call to Worship”, by the worship team, and before, and during the preaching time.
- We pray together (I Tim. 2:1-6). We are led, usually by one of our elders, in corporate prayer at least once during each service.
- We sing Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Eph. 5:18-21). The song selection at EBBC is chosen based upon truth, and the ability of the song to be easily and heartedly sung by the congregation. Our style is blended. We have a praise band that accompanies many of our songs. We sing many traditional hymns, psalms and a variety of contemporary songs. Our goal is to hear the voices of our congregation singing together vibrantly and loudly each Lord’s Day.
- We preach from the Bible (II Tim. 4:1-5). Our typical approach is to preach expository, verse-by-verse, messages through one Bible book at a time while also suggesting applications of the truths to our daily lives.
- We practice two ordinances(sacraments): Baptism, Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28: 18-20; I Corinthians 11: 17-34). We believe in believer’s baptism. So, we encourage every believer, as a first-step, to obey Christ’s command to be baptized by immersion. We celebrate Lord’s Supper as a church the first Sunday of each month.
- We pray together (I Tim. 2:1-6).
Our mission is “making disciples for the glory of Jesus.” The primary way we share the gospel is by every member of EBBC praying for their unbelieving friends and family, building relationships with them, and telling them about Jesus and His saving work on the cross. As a church we do evangelism together by praying for one another as we each seek to share the gospel, befriending those that our church members are building relationships with, proclaiming the gospel at each service and having occasional church-wide events that are intentionally designed to share the gospel.
Volunteering | Serving
We believe that the Spirit of God gifts every believer with gifts and abilities to help build up the local church that God places them in as a member. (I Corinthians 12) Every believer is called by God to serve in their local church. We desire to help believers discover their spiritual gift and then to use them for the good of the church and the glory of Jesus.