Bux-Mont Application Portal / Church History
  • In June 1965, three families in the Willow Grove area became interested in starting a Southern Baptist mission that would reach those with no church affiliation and also meet the needs of families who moved to the area from other Southern Baptist churches. The families were the Abbotts, the Dulaneys and the Swovelands.
  • In September 1965, Rev. G.W. Bullard was led by the Lord to settle in the Willow Grove area. Appointed by the Home Mission Board to serve as Area Missionary of Greater Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Association, he met with the three families and the pastor of Paoli Baptist Church with regard to sponsoring their mission.
  • On October 21, 1965, another meeting was held with eighteen people present. The name “Montgomery Baptist Fellowship” was chosen. The program would be a Bible study with a fellowship hour afterwards. The first meeting took place on October 31st at the George Washington Motor Lodge.
  • On February 25, 1966, the Montgomery Baptist Fellowship voted to give 5% of their offering to Associational Missions and 10% to the Cooperative Program. On March 22, 1966, a business meeting was held, and it was voted to start a full Sunday program that included Sunday School at 9:45am and a worship service at 11:00am. Also, a committee was formed to look into purchasing property in Horsham Township.
  • On May 4, 1966, Paoli Baptist Church voted permission for the Montgomery Baptist Fellowship to become an independent body handling their own affairs. On May 8, 1966, the fellowship’s name was changed to Bux-Mont Baptist Church.
  • On April 17, 1967, the present property was purchased with Rev. Davenport as the church’s first full-time pastor. There was a ground-breaking ceremony on September 22, 1968 for the new building, and the Dedication Service was held on May 4, 1969. As the church developed, it went through several pastors, always having Jack Kelly as its interim pastor. Rev. Hartman was called as pastor on February 1, 1970, and, on June 8, 1975, Rev. James Mullins was called to pastor the church. By then, the church had 250 resident members.
  • During the 1970s, many at the church were associated with the Willow Grove Naval Air Station. During this time, they continued to meet in the George Washington Motor Lodge and later in a barbershop next to the present location. Since many members of the congregation were in the military, membership fluctuated.
  • Sometime in the 1980s, Bux-Mont took on Sherrie Pridemore as the new leader for Church and Community Ministries. Following her, Pat Cummings took the same role as CCM Director and also started an English as a Second Language class as one of the church’s first outreach services.
  • In the late 1980s, the church started an outreach ministry to Luther Woods, the nursing home behind the church. For some time, there was an “adopt a grandparent” program where a member of the church would visit a particular resident. Every third Sunday to this present day, Bux-Mont visits the home and conducts a morning worship service.
  • In October 1984, Steve Sheldon came to Bux-Mont to take on the role of pastor. Under his leadership, the church became more involved with the community, convention and missions.
  • In 1995, the church was able to loan the State Convention funds to purchase a Mission House in Harrisburg close to the state office. To this day, the Mission House continues to help many missionaries and others for short time stays.
  • In the mid-1990s, the church shared the facility with a Korean Church after its morning services; it was an effective ministry that reached out to a different culture.
  • After prayer and seeking God’s guidance, the Mission House was purchased in the summer of 1998. It has been modified and updated to allow mission workers, friends, relatives and others a short-term place to stay.
  • In 1998, the church dedicated the Kellogg Pavilion in memory of Tom Kellogg, a man who poured himself both physically and spiritually into the upkeep of the church.
  • In 2000, Bux-Mont sent out the Babu family as missionaries to their home country of India. With the church’s support and dedication, Sunshine Ministries was formed primarily to help the children and women in India through a school, children’s home, sewing centers, computer centers, evangelism and more. This was an opportunity for the church to further involve itself in international missions.
  • For a period of time in the early 2000s, Bux-Mont shared its facility with a Spanish speaking church as it began its ministry.
  • On October 14, 2007, Steve Sheldon, after serving 23 years as Bux-Mont’s pastor, spent his last Sunday with Bux-Mont, resigning to become Director of Missions for South Central Baptist Association.
  • On Sunday, August 16, 2009, Jacob Presley was installed as pastor. On June 30, 2019, Jake left Bux-Mont after a short sabbatical.