We are located at the Grange Corner in the County of Antrim, Northern Ireland. Grange is a small hamlet nestled in the beautiful countryside overlooking Lough Neagh and the Bann valley, set against the pretty backdrop of the Sperrin Mountains.
Baptists are a distinctive group, holding to, among other teaching; the headship of Christ, the supremacy of scripture, regenerate church membership, believers baptism by immersion, separation of church and state, and the priesthood of all believers. Concerning church government we have as two of our core principles, the autonomy of the local church and congregational principles of church government. This means that the individual members determine, within biblical principles, the programme and direction of our church. However, these principles of autonomy and self government are not inconsistent with our membership of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland. This association of churches enables like-minded (link to core beliefs) congregations to achieve together more than they could as individual churches; it works for the mutual benefit of all its members and for the furtherance of the Gospel. Although Baptists are relatively small in numbers throughout Ireland, around 100 churches, they are globally one of the largest and most diverse Protestant groups.
Church History Presentation to Irish Baptist Historical Society
The Baptist church at Grange has been in continual existence since its constitution in 1811, this makes it one of the longest surviving Baptist churches in Northern Ireland. It is our desire and ambition to occupy, to remain, to do our part and continue this Gospel witness until He comes. Our two hundredth anniversary occurred in 2011. This two hundred year history has been encapsulated in a recent publication delineating this Gospel witness at the Grange Corner, (Grange Baptist Church, County Antrim, A Bicentenary History: 1811-2011 by N.S. Wilson). This substantial and high quality book is a fascinating and informative read and sheds light not only on our own particular church but also the social and political environment concerning Baptists in Ireland in general. It sheds light on our churches unusual beginnings, through highs and lows, through times of revival and decline right up to our present time. As has been said, Two hundred years of work and witness, to God be the Glory!