Elmira Baptist Church was founded in August of 1957 but was originally named Elmira Community Bible Church. The main building was still under construction in April of 1958 with lumber salvaged from Travis Air Base when heavy rains caused Ulatis Creek to flood and swept through the Elmira community with water reaching several feet in many spots. All the new members of the original church were baptized in Putah Creek on November 17th, 1957.
Previous pastors of the church include Robert Andrews, Charles Carfrey, and Ed Grocott. In August 1986 the church called Gerald Harder, from Caldwell, Idaho to serve as pastor. He was the pastor during the church’s 50th anniversary pictured below. After Pastor Harder had served faithfully for over 32 years in Elmira, the Lord called him home December 2018. In February 2019, the church called Scott Dean to be their next pastor.
The church facilities have grown from the original building built with lumber salvaged from Travis Air Base. Soon after the main building was built, a small educational wing was built. In 2007, a Ministry Building was added with a kitchen and meeting place. Currently, the church is working to complete a new auditorium with nursery and office space.
Elmira Baptist is independent in denominational structure with Jesus Christ as its sole Head, fundamental in doctrine with a firm reliance on the authority and preservation of the King James Bible, Baptist in doctrine holding to believer’s baptism by immersion, traditional in worship, conservative in music and evangelistic in emphasis believing the Gospel is for all men everywhere and those who believe are received into the kingdom of God to an everlasting salvation.