The Silver Lake Baptist Church was organized in April 1950 by a
small group of Christians
who felt led by the Lord to establish a
place of worship in the Carolina Beach Road Community known as
a place not only to worship, but also to advance
the Lord’s work.
Cottage prayer meetings
were held weekly to receive God’s
leadership and guidance in building the church. Most of these
were conducted by Reverend Floyd Davis, who from the
beginning gave valuable service and assistance to this group of
The meetings were held in the homes of Mr. and Mrs.
Lawrence Lawson, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Downing,
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mason, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Skipper, Mr. and Mrs. O.
D. Sykes and many were encouraged with the help
individuals outside the church.
A conference was called in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
the hope of starting a church. At this, residential lots were being
purchased on Silver Lake Road.
Frank Collier offered five lots for
the church building. Lots on Carolina Beach road were offered by
but these were either not well located or too close to the
road. The lots #85 - #89 at 400 Silver Lake Road was
Trees were cut down to make room for an Association Gospel Tent
that was set up as a
temporary place of worship. Parking spaces were
prepared and sawdust scattered under and in front of the tent.
Services were held by pastors of neighboring Baptist churches. It
could be seen from the beginning that the
interest, enthusiasm and
cooperation that those people shared, that the church would be a
The attendance grew night after night in the tent meetings. It
was a beautiful sight to see the tent conducted in
a church building.
There was the added attraction of being in the open. People who did
attend, might feel free to go to a tent meeting without
dressing up. Then, when they became Christians, they might
more formal worship.
The preaching was done largely by ministers from the Wilmington
without pay and furnishing their own transportation. The
offering that was taken up was used through a local treasurer
expense of the tent, lights and piano.
With a growing crowd, the need for a church building arose.
small group of men working all day and late into the night, had the
roof and floors completed within two weeks.
One week later, the
church saw completion of a beautiful place in which to worship. Their
dedication is truly
to be admired by all. Baptisms were held in the
Silver Lake, not just by Silver Lake Baptist Church, by other churches
The full-fledged church that had been organized, Silver Lake
continued to be a joy to all
connected with this earnest group.
Before they were a year old they had doubled the size of their church
Sunday School attendance was around 50 and church
membership had grown to 60; four were awaiting baptism.
In 1961, the church voted to build on Carolina Beach Road. The
church purchased the land at 4715 Carolina Beach
Road, tract #8 of the
Division of the Biddle Lands. Groundbreaking services were held on
May 02, 1965 and the
building was completed in August 1965.
Groundbreaking services for a new sanctuary were held at the
on October 12, 1978. The members did most of the
construction. The existing sanctuary as it is today held
worship service on Homecoming October 03, 1982.