The conception of Lexington Baptist Church took place at an organizational meeting at the Rockbridge County Court House on October 11, 1957. The first service was held on October 13, 1957 in the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall on Nelson Street. Rev. C. Marvin Brads served as interim pastor while continuing his duties as pastor of Kerr’s Creek Baptist Church. During an October 17th business meeting Robert Leonard preached in the absence of Rev. Brads.
On the 29th of October 1957 the church voted to purchase a church building on Henry Street that had been formerly owned by the Catholic church. The following month the church accepted an endorsement from Kerr’s Creek Baptist Church to obtain a loan $6,500 for the purchase of the church building.
By January 1959 Robert Leonard accepted the church’s offer to become the permanent pastor. He was ordained by his home church, Colonial Baptist Church of Blue Ridge, Virginia, the following April.
Lexington Baptist Church began with twenty-six original members. For almost 60 years the church has remained faithful in obedience to God’s Word, fulfilling the Great Commission and caring for members of the local church. Rev. Robert Leonard led the church with a biblical perspective, or as only he could say, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing, and the main thing is the Word of God.” Pastor Leonard’s ministry was completed in the Spring of 2003 after 45 years of faithful ministry.
Under Pastor Leonard’s guidance Michael Wilburn began preaching on Sundays in the August of 2002. By February 2003 the church called Michael Wilburn as the second pastor of Lexington Baptist Church. God allowed the ministry to continue to grow through Pastor Wilburn’s ministry. After 12 faithful years, Pastor Wilburn accepted the call to another ministry.
Lexington Baptist Church prayerfully sought God’s leading in selecting a new pastor. On September 25, 2016, they installed Michael Saunders as the new Lead Pastor at Lexington Baptist Church.
Lexington Baptist Church continues to this day to be obedient to the Scriptures, evangelistic to the community, and caring to its members.