A BIT ABOUT US
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 Masonboro Township, 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 meetings were conducted by Reverend Floyd Davis, who from the beginning gave valuable service and assistance to this group of Christians. 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 from numerous individuals outside the church.
A conference was called in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Downing with 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 others, but these were either not well located or too close to the road. The lots #85 – #89 at 400 Silver Lake Road was accepted. 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 success.
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 not ordinarily attend, might feel free to go to a tent meeting without dressing up. Then, when they became Christians, they might attend more formal worship.
The preaching was done largely by ministers from the Wilmington District without pay and furnishing their own transportation. The offering that was taken up was used through a local treasurer for the expense of the tent, lights and piano. With a growing crowd, the need for a church building arose. A 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 as well.
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 building. 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 Homecoming on October 12, 1978. The members did most of the construction. The existing sanctuary as it is today held its first worship service on Homecoming October 03, 1982.