Our History

Magnifying Jesus.  Making Disciples.
Colonial Woods Baptist Church began in the heart of a young preacher, Henry “Lew” Bennett in the fall of 1988.  Lew was Pastor of First Baptist Church, Bassett, Virginia. His heart burned with the desire to start a mission church in a fast growing area. In 1988, Gwinnett County was the fastest growing county in the Atlanta area. 
 
Lew and his family visited the area and learned that the Georgia Baptist Convention owned some property on Lester Road and planned to sell the property if a church was not built there within 2 years. Lew was so excited with the potential growth and ministry that that he shared it with a few friends, who later pledged a year’s support so he could come to Georgia and begin a new work. He began reaching people in the neighborhood and started a Bible Study in the home of Hugh and Peggy Lewis. The Bible Study continued until January 1989.
  
On January 29, 1989 Knight Elementary School became the first home of the church. Members of the church would take turns each Saturday night setting up chairs and the pulpit to be ready the next morning. The church met in the gymnasium. In the winter months there was no heat and in the summer no air-conditioning. Bathrooms were not available other than in a motor home that was brought to church each Sunday morning.
 
On June 12, 1989 construction began on the first building for Colonial Woods Baptist Church. The members performed all the construction work with the help of several volunteer church groups from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Meridian, Mississippi, Gray, Georgia, and Snellville, Georgia. The men performed the labor and the ladies prepared the meals. Our first building was dedicated to the glory of God on November 19, 1989.
In November 1992, the Lord called Lew Bennett to a new ministry and Dr. Matthew Frederick was called to Colonial Woods to serve as pastor. Dr. Frederick’s ministry was a time of excitement and many young adults filled the pews.
 
In July 1998, Michael H. “Mike” Reynolds became our pastor. In November 1999, we realized the need for more Sunday School space and a Fellowship Hall to meet the growth of the church. A commitment program “Capture the Vision” was started, and we began to pray, dream, give and plan for the future.
 
On March 18, 2001 a “Ground Breaking” ceremony was held at the back of the church sanctuary, and the new building program began. On October 14, 2001, the new building was dedicated, and there was a time of fellowship, prayer and praise.
 
In August 2003, David M. Cook became our pastor.  Dave served faithfully at Colonial Woods for over 7 years, then was invited to join the staff at First Baptist Church Atlanta in December 2010.
 
Pastor Don Mulkey was called to serve Colonial Woods on November 1, 2011. Pastor Don is leading our church through a process of revitalization and growth.  He is helping us focus on Prayer, Sunday School, Worship and Missions.
 

On September 14, 2014, we celebrated the 25-year anniversary of our church. It was a wonderful reunion of past and current church members. All four former pastors also attended. What a fellowship, what a joy divine!