About Grassy Pond

Our History

The church was founded in 1879 and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention. A complete history has been recorded and can be rented upon request from Pastor Terry Lanford.

Mission Statement: Our mission, at Grassy Pond Baptist Church, under the guidance of God’s Word and His Holy Spirit, is to equip and empower our members to go and make fully devoted followers of Christ!

Statement of Faith

The Scriptures

We believe that both the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and are inerrant in the original writings. Through the providence of God, the Scriptures have been preserved and are the supreme and final and adequate authority in faith and life (Ps 19.7; 2 Tim 3:16,17; 2 Pet 1:19-21).

God

We believe there is one and only one true and living God existing in three Persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--each a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Gen 1.26; Jer 10:10; Matt 3.16-17; 28:19).

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, shed His blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures (Isa 7.14; Matt 1.18-25; 1 Cor 15.3; Heb 4.15).

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, very God coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the chief agent in regeneration, the chief convictor of sin, and the chief comforter of the believer. Simultaneous with regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ (Matt 28.19; John 16.7-11; Acts 5.3-4; Rom 8.9; 1 Cor 12.12-14).

Man

We believe that man is the direct creation of God--body, soul, and spirit--and is not in any sense the result of evolution but is made in the image of God. Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind and incurred both physical and spiritual death for all (Gen 1.26; Rom 3.10,23; 5.12).

Salvation

We believe that all who, in faith, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. Salvation involves redemption, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification (John 1.12; 3.3; 17.17; Rom 8.29-30; Eph 2.8-9; 4.30; Tit 3.5).

Providence

We believe in the providence of God, but that He is not the author or approver of sin nor the destroyer of the free will and responsibility of man (John 3.16; Rom 8.28-30).

The Priesthood of the Believer

We believe in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, and that there is no mediator between God and man other than Jesus Christ (Heb 4.16; 1 Tim 2.5; Rev. 1.6).

Satan

We believe that Satan was originally created a perfect being. He rebelled against God. As a result, he became depraved, the Devil and adversary of God and His people, and leader of a host of angels who fell with him. Satan has been judged and defeated at the cross and awaits his ultimate doom at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ (Isa 14.13-14; Ezek 28.13-17; John 16.11; 1 Tim 3.7; Rev 20.10).

Security of the Believer

We believe that salvation is not only a gift from God but also is sustained by the Lord. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and seals him in salvation for all eternity. Therefore, since salvation is wholly of the Lord, apart from the works of man, we hold that the believer shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation (John 10.28; 14.16-17,26; 1 Cor 2.9-14; Eph 1.13; 2.8-9; 1 Pet 1.5; Jude 24-25).

The Lord's Day

We believe that Sunday is the Lord's Day and is a Christian institution for regular observance of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private (1 Cor 16.2; Rev 1.10).

Creation

We believe the triune God created the universe apart from pre-existing materials and without any evolutionary process. We believe in the historicity of the first eleven chapters of Genesis (Gen 1.1; Matt 19.4; John 1.1-3; Rom 1.20; Col 1.16-17; Heb 11.3).

The Local Church

We believe that the New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers with Christ as its head and the Holy Spirit as its guide. New Testament churches promote God's work by cooperating together for missions and many other joint efforts. The local church is to be governed independent of outside persons, bodies, groups, or authorities (Matt 28:16-20; Acts 1.6-8; 6.3; 1 Cor 12.12-14; Eph 1.3-6,22-23; 1 Thes 4.16-18).

Ordinances

We believe that the local church observes two ordinances--baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that all who have received Christ as Savior and Lord should be baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that baptism is by immersion in the likeness of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ; and that the Lord's Supper should be observed in remembrance of Him to show forth His death for our sins until He comes again (Matt 26.26-30; 28.19-20; Rom 6.3-6; 1 Cor 11.23-26).

Our Staff

Dr. Terry Lanford
Pastor

A graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate (BS), Clemson University (MBA) and Luther Rice Seminary (Masters of Divinity), Terry recently acquired his Doctorate of Ministry at North Greenville University. He believes strongly in “equipping the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”, as the Bible says in Ephesians 4:12-13. Terry met his wife, Katrina while at USC Upstate. They have two children, Andy, 25, and Kalie, 23. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, golf and spending time with his family. One of his favorite travel destinations is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Martin Hogg
Youth Minister

Martin graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Wildlife Biology and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Christian Education. Martin has a passion for helping students to understand the Gospel and the significance of it. He has been serving at Grassy Pond since 2003 and hopes that through the different youth programs, students will be equipped to share the Gospel where they are now whether that be in their schools, their sports teams and wherever they may go. He met his wife, Rebecca, on a summer project with Cru while in college. They have two children, Caleb, 12, and Katelyn, 8. Martin’s hobbies include spending time with his family, gardening, camping and sports.

Dave Vassy
Music Director

The Lord blessed Dave with the gift of music at an early age. His first position in the church was choir director when he was fourteen years old. Since then, Dave earned a Masters of Science in Physics from Clemson University and a Bachelors of Science from Furman University. He started serving at Grassy Pond in 2009. In his full-time job, Dave is a medical physicist with Spartanburg Radiation Oncology, P.A. and the Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg and Gaffney. Dave is married to Becky and they have two children, Jason and Katie. In his free time, Dave enjoys restoring his great grandmother’s old farmhouse and spending time with his two grandchildren, Tripp, 4, and Jack, 2.

Missy Fowlkes
Secretary

Missy is married to Mike, and they have two children, Jacob, 17, and Adam, 9. Before Missy came to Grassy Pond in 2010, she worked at Sanders Bros Inc. for 24 years. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and reading.