Oak Hill Baptist Church is a body of Christ followers located in Griffin, Georgia. We are a church that believes that ‘every life matters’ and that takes seriously God’s command to make disciples of all the nations.

To learn more about our Vision, Mission, & Motto click here.

Our History

Oak Hill Baptist Church was established in 1902 in the yard of a house on Garret Street in Griffin, Georgia.  Mr. Tom Moore named the church “Oak Hill.”  The Reverend J.C. Cooper was the first pastor.  In 1908, while Reverend W.H. Kendrick was pastor, the church was destroyed by a tornado.  Services were then held in a house until a new church could be built.  At the time, services consisted of Sunday School each Sunday with preaching services every other Sunday.

During the pastorate of Reverend J.V. Pittman (1938-1940), the church voted to build a pastorium.  In June 1940, the church called its first full-time pastor, Reverend Merrill Meadows.  Under Reverend Meadows pastorate the church became self-supporting and a choir was organized for the first time.

In March 1945, a building committee was elected to make plans for a new church building.  Construction actually began in 1948 during the pastorate of Reverend Walter Logan.  Through the blessings of God, the dedication of the members, and the generosity of Rushton Mills, by November 1952 the buildings had been completed and the church marked its freedom from indebtedness with a note burning.  The facilities were remodeled in the 60’s, and expanded with an educational building in the 70’s.

Oak Hill relocated to the current site on Lakeside Road in 1999. In the winter of 2006 the new worship facility was dedicated and completed for use.

In March of 2011, the church called Chris Holdorf as it’s new Senior Pastor. Chris served formerly at First Redeemer Church in Cummings, Georgia as the Executive Pastor for 15 years. To learn more about Pastor Chris check out his bio, here.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday for worship and become a part of our church history.

Jim Cannady – Senior Adult Pastor

Jim Cannady grew up in Twin City (Emanuel County), GA where he graduated from ECI High School in 1962. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served from 1962-1966. While serving in Charleston, SC in November of 1965, Jim surrendered his heart and life to Jesus Christ. He married Sara Young from […]

Clay Chasteen – Student Pastor

Clay has been on staff as Youth Pastor with Oak Hill since April 1993. Clay and his wife Jennifer have been married for 18 years. They have two beautiful girls (Abigail,12 and Anna, 8). Clay loves the opportunity to impact the lives of students for Christ. His passion is to see students saved and begin […]

Stephen Dervan – Lead Pastor

Originally from Albany, Georgia, Stephen grew up in a broken home where church attendance wasn’t a priority. He came to faith in Christ as a teenager and felt a call to the ministry soon thereafter. He married his high school sweetheart Rebecca and God has blessed them with 5 children (Cade 13, Cole 11, Casen […]

John Nance – Pastor of Pastoral Care

“As a child, I had the privilege of growing up under the teaching and training of Sunday School Teachers and Training Union Teachers at Oak Hill Baptist Church. That’s right, I have the privileged of caring for and pasturing the individuals who helped build my roots in the Church. It was in the classrooms of […]

Jeff Newell – Children’s Pastor

“I joined Oak Hill Baptist Church as the new Children’s Ministries Pastor in February 2016, coming from Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado where I served the children, youth, and families for over 10 years. Originally from Southern California, I worked and studied under the leadership of Saddleback Church where I found a passion for ministering […]

Gordon Powers – Worship Pastor

Gordon has been serving at Oak Hill Baptist Church since January of 2013 as Worship Pastor. Leaving the Kroger Company in 2001, after 20 years of employment, he accepted the calling into a full-time ministry position at First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs. He knew at age 16 that God had called him into the […]