Maranatha Baptist Church was born out of the desire to see the kingdom of God instilled in Plains, Georgia. Originally named “Botsford Baptist Mission”, The church’s first worship service was held on May 22, 1977. Within a few short weeks, the church would take the name “Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains.”

The church’s first and only campus was completed in December of 1978 and remains our “central hub” of worship, ministry and mission.

Maranatha Baptist Church has been served by several senior pastors: the Reverend Doctor Fred Collins (1977-1982), the Reverend Doctor Daniel Ariail (1982-2006), Reverend Jeffery Summers (2006-2014), Reverend Jeremy Shoulta (2014-2016), and Reverend Brandon Patterson (2017-2018). Reverend Jesse Bell served as interim pastor in 1982.

Maranatha Baptist Church celebrates a rich history of serving the people of Plains and looks forward to where God will lead this congregation in the years ahead.





Maranatha Historical Table

First service, Botsford Lutheran Church (est. 1870) May 22, 1977
First name: Botsford Baptist Mission May 22, 1977
First Sunday School classes May 29, 1977
First pastor: Dr. Fred Collins June 7, 1977
Name chosen: Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains July 3, 1977
Church constituted with 29 Charter Members July 10, 1977
Constitution and By-laws adopted Nov. 2, 1977
Building Committee elected Dec. 28, 1977
Work by Northway Contractors, Taylors, SC
Groundbreaking July 4, 1977
Construction begun July 26, 1977
Building cost: $195, 025
Borrowed: (2nd loan for furnishings) $159,500
First service in new building: Wed, Dec. 13, 1978
Dedication service Jan. 14, 1979
Pastor resigns to establish Fred Collins Revival
Ministries July 11, 1982
Rev. Jesse Bell interim pastor Aug. 4 – Sept. 26, 1982
Second Pastor: Dr. Daniel G. Ariail Oct. 3, 1982 – July 1, 2005
First Deacons elected Dec. 5, 1982
W. M. U. organized Oct. 12, 1983
Final payment on indebtedness Dec. 4, 1991
Deed recorded and satisfied Dec. 13, 1991
Noteburning service Jan. 26, 1992
Twentieth anniversary service July 13, 1997
Present membership xxxx 150
Twenty-fifth Anniversary Service Aug. 25, 2002
Third pastor: Rev. Jeffrey Summers July 17, 2005 – Nov. 1, 2013
Second loan for furnishings $159,500
Both loans paid off in 13 years
Mrs. Lilloise Sheffield gave the land to build Maranatha
Members gave some of the furnishings, the organ, piano, stained glass windows, tables, chairs, etc.
1st baby Christie Williams
1st wedding at Botsford church Bonnie Dodson & Ronnie Mallard
1st wedding at Maranatha Lynn Bozeman & Marvin Griggs
1st funeral at Botsford church Alton Carter
1st funeral at Maranatha Sara Leuty
Purchased pastorium April 14, 2014
Fourth pastor Rev. Jeremy Shoulta April 20, 2014 – Nov. 20, 2016
Fifth pastor Rev. Brandon Patterson May 20, 2017 – Sept. 22, 2018
Sixth pastor Rev. Tony Lowden April 28, 2019 – Current