Who We Are
Harrison Hills Baptist Church is a growing, family oriented church located in Lanesville, Indiana. We are more akin to an extended family where everyone knows, cares for, and loves one another. The church was founded in July 1975.
Our worship services are open to the entire family, and bring together a blend of scripture reading, prayer, contemporary and traditional music. Our desire is to create a worship atmosphere that is focused on God and grounded in the gospel – one that will be suitable for all ages. Our sermons reflect an approach that opens the word of God for revelation and instruction.
We offer occasional Bible studies and other small group activities to provide discipleship and fellowship opportunities for all ages.
The Holy Bible is the inspired, authoritative, and finished Word of God as found in the Old and New Testaments and is the basis for any statement of faith. The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of “The Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to teaching the Bible and sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Harrison Hills Baptist Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Senior Pastor and other ministry staff is this Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.
We exist to fulfill the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus in Lanesville, Harrison County and beyond, through consistently living out the Great Commandments for God’s glory! (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 22:37-40)
We hold fast to the cross of Christ Jesus and believe that it should be at the foundation of all we do. Therefore, we seek to Connect believers in Biblical fellowship, Reach out to those who are lost, Offer our lives to God in daily service, Seek opportunities for ministry, and Strengthen our faith.
- To be a dynamic spiritual organism empowered by the Holy Spirit to share Christ with as many people as possible in our church, community, and throughout the world.
- To be a worshipping fellowship, experiencing an awareness of God, recognizing his person, and responding in obedience to his leadership.
- To help people experience a growing knowledge of the relationship between God and man.
- To experience an increasingly meaningful fellowship with God and fellow believers.
- To be a church that ministers unselfishly to persons in the community and world in Jesus’ name.
- To be a church whose purpose is to be Christlike in our daily living by emphasizing total commitment of life, personality, and possessions to the lordship of Christ.
We are organized under ministry teams that encourage members to join a team that fuels their passion to serve Christ Jesus. A team shepherd (staff member) and a team leader (lay person) lead each team. Our teams include: exaltation, evangelism, education, edification and executive. The church staff, led by the Senior Pastor, meets regularly for prayer, encouragement, and coordination. Our deacon body serves the church through a family-care ministry and trustees are tasked with the business matters of the church. We hold regular church conference meetings for the purposes of information, communication, and inspiration.
Believing that every person who has acknowledged Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord through personal repentance and faith, has welcomed believer’s baptism by immersion, recognizes that the integrity and vitality of the church are precious to our Lord and is trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, the following is expected of every church member:
1. To be faithful in attendance (Hebrews 10:25).
2. To help sustain the church through regular giving (1 Corinthians 16:2).
3. To bear witness to the Gospel in the world (Acts 1:8).
4. To shun destructive chatter (Ephesians 4:29).
5. To join in the care and encouragement of members of the fellowship (1 Corinthians 12:26-27).
6. To seek service according to church needs and individual spiritual gifts (I Peter 4:10).
7. To display conduct that brings honor to the Lord (Philippians 1:27 a).
8. To be missions minded (Matthew 28:18-20).
9. To biblically express and address grievances with restraint and proportionality, placing high value on unity in the church (Ephesians 4:2-3).
10. To study and train for growth in understanding, skill, and spirit (2 Timothy 2:15).
11. To pray regularly and specifically for the concerns of the church (Colossians 4:2).
12. To honor and defend biblical preaching, teaching, and ministry (2 Timothy 4:2-5).
13. To be accountable for these standards (Ephesians 5:21).
14. To resign or to accept removal for chronic, striking, and unrepentant indifference to these standards (Matthew 18:15-17).
Having been led by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the public confession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We purpose, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to attend its services regularly; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; to give faithfully of time and talent in its activities; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the Gospel throughout all nations.
We also purpose to maintain family and private devotions; to train our children according to the Word of God; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk cautiously in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct; to avoid all gossip, backbiting, and unrighteous anger; to abstain from all forms of activity which dishonor our Lord Jesus Christ, cause stumbling to a fellow believer, or hinder the winning of a soul to Christ; to be enthusiastic in our efforts to advance the cause of Christ, our Savior; and to give Him exalted honor in all things.
We further purpose to encourage one another in the blessed hope of our Lord’s return; to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and friendliness in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to seek it without delay.
We moreover purpose that when we remove from this place we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith and order where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. In the event there is no such church within a reasonable distance of our home, we shall seek, with the Lord’s help, to establish one on the principles of God’s Word.
A brief history of our church.
Harrison Hills Baptist Church began meeting as a group in the summer of 1974. We met at the Faske's home for devotions on Thursday evenings. Later that summer we asked Dr James Ryan, President of Boyce College, to help lead us. In December of that year it was decided to form a new church.
In January 1975 we began meeting in the basement of the Love's home for Sunday School and Worship. In February, the church called Jerry Owens to become our first pastor. Later that spring, four (4) acres of land was purchased just north of Lanesville, Indiana. Construction of the first building was started in May, with the first service held there on July 6th. Though we were sponsored by Sellersburg Baptist Church, no outside financial help was needed. The church was officially founded and dedicated on July 27, 1975. And in 1977, six Sunday School classrooms were added.
Throughout the years, we have been supported and led by many men working bi-vocationally (part-time) while students at The Southern Seminary in Louisville. The church called Lee McGone as pastor in the summer of 1978. In the summer of 1981, David Farmer was called as pastor. Dr Sam Isgett was called as pastor in the summer of 1985. Ron Burgess was called as the next pastor in the summer of 1990. Then in 1994, a baptistry was added onto the south end of the sanctuary. Mike Talbert was called as pastor in the summer of 1995. We also added the steeple that year. In 1996 we called Brian Anderson as our pastor. A picnic shelter was built in 1997 and the parking lot was paved in 1998.
Jon Elliff was called as pastor in the summer of 2000. He became our first full-time/vocational pastor in the summer of 2002 upon his graduation from seminary. We also added a lobby, classrooms, and offices, and expanded the sanctuary that year, which was completed without any debt through the help of "Campers on Mission."
In the summer of 2003, Jim Fisher was called to fill a full-time role as our senior pastor. The kitchen was also completed that summer. Because of a growth explosion, the parking lot was expanded in the spring of 2004 and we began holding two morning services that fall. Then in the summer of 2005, we added a fellowship hall with several classrooms, again without any debt through the help of "Campers on Mission."
Gary Yochum was called as our full-time senior pastor in February 2008. We had returned to holding a single morning service at that time. And in January of 2010 we installed and began using a new projection system for our worship services. Then in that July we celebrated our 35th anniversary. Gary remained as our pastor until August 2016 when he then became our local Baptist Association Ministry Coordinator (DOM)
As we move forward past our first 40 years, we reflect on the blessings brought by the service and generosity of those who have been part of Harrison Hills. The ultimate blessing has been to experience the faithfulness of God in all things. We are especially honored to reflect upon Him - for our good, and for His glory.
Summer 1974 - Mentored by Dr James Ryan
February 1975 to April 1978 - Jerry Owens
August 1978 to January 1981 - Lee McGlone
May 1981 to Summer 1984 - David Farmer
May 1985 to August 1990 - Dr. Sam Isgett
August 1990 to July 1995 - Ron Burgess
July 1995 to 1996 - Mike Talbert
October 1996 to April 2000 - Brian Anderson
May 2000 to May 2003 - Jon Elliff
August 2003 to April 2007 - Dr. Jim Fisher
February 2008 to August 2016 - Gary Yochum
July 2017 to Present - Rick Griffin
Spring 1975 - Four (4) acres of property purchased (current location)
May 1975 - Initial building erected
1977 - Additional Sunday School rooms added
1983 - Brick exterior put on the building
1994 - Baptistry addition added
1995 - Steeple erected
1997 - Picnic Shelter built
1998 - Parking lot paved
2002 - Classrooms, Lobby, and Offices added and Sanctuary expanded
2003 - Kitchen completed
2004 - Parking Lot expanded
2005 - Classrooms and Fellowship Hall added
2010 - Projection system installed in Sanctuary
2012 - New Lighted Sign installed
2013 - Expanded Parking Lot paved