Steeped with history
on mission today
vision for tomorrow

Sandy Creek Baptist Church • Liberty, NC

Sandy Creek is a church steeped in rich history and a place where all are invited in to discover who God is and the purpose He has for all of us in "His Story" today. We believe church should be a place where people of any and all backgrounds can experience the God who has been faithful throughout the generations— the same God who is real and relevant in their lives today. And that's exactly why we're here— to know Him better as His followers and to make Him known to those who haven't yet heard.

If you've been following God your entire life, you're welcome here. If you're new to faith, you're welcome here. If you're not really sure you believe in God at all, you're welcome here. No matter where you are on the road to faith, we want to walk alongside you as you go. Our hope is that as you join us on the journey, you'll discover a God who is active, alive, and at work in your life. We have seen Him work throughout our history and we can't wait to see what He does next.  We hope you'll be here for it, too!


Travis Brock
Senior Pastor

Travis Brock has served as Pastor of Sandy Creek Baptist Church since February, 2003. God has given him burden to lead the flock at Sandy Creek to reach out to the community where God has placed her and minister to the needs of the people, utilizing the resources God has blessed her with to bring glory and honor to the name of Jesus.  Sandy Creek is the first pastorate for Pastor Brock as he first served in student ministry for 16 years. Most recently, he served the Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, NC as Associate/Youth Pastor from 1997-2003.  Pastor Brock began serving at Fairview while pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, which he received in 1999.  Pastor Brock and his wife, Stacy, have been blessed with three children: Tyler, Anna, and Andrew, along with five grandchildren.



Adult Discipleship

In addition to Sunday Morning Worship, Sandy Creek offers Sunday School classes and Wednesday Night Bible Study for adults in all life stages to grow deeper in their faith.

Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

  • Nursery (age 0-4): Room 101
  • Kids Class 1 (K-3): Room 102
  • Kids Class 2 (4-6): Room 103
  • Youth (7-12): Room 104
  • Young Adults: Room 105
  • Adult Class 1: Room 106
  • Senior Adults: Room 107

Wednesday Night Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

  • Current Series: The Book of Philippians


AWANA for age 2 through 5th grade

Every Sunday Night at 5:00

Imagine it's Sunday night, and you're excited to attend your weekly AWANA (Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed) meeting. You arrive at church, and as soon as you walk in the door, you hear the familiar sounds of kids laughing and shouting. You join your group, and your leaders welcome you with big smiles and high-fives.

After the opening ceremony, it's game time! You and your team line up for the relay race, and you feel the adrenaline rush through your body. You run as fast as you can, passing the baton to your teammate who takes off like lightning. The whole team is cheering, and you can't help but smile as you watch them cross the finish line first.

Next, it's time for Bible study. Your leader brings out a giant, inflatable globe, and you all gather around to learn about different countries and their cultures. You're amazed at the diversity of the world and feel grateful for the opportunity to learn about the love Jesus has for the whole world (including YOU!) and your role in His work on earth.

Finally, it's time for the closing ceremony, and your group gets called up to receive the award for the most spirited team. You all receive a special treat and take a group photo to commemorate the occasion.  As you leave the church that evening, you feel energized and grateful for the fun time you had at AWANA.

You can't wait to come back next week and do it all over again!


multi-generational missions/service

Sandy Creek Baptist Church believes in putting our faith in action through Christian service.  We support various ministries locally, regionally, and globally, not only with our budget, but also with our people's time-- an intergenerational opportunity for all.

How does serving the local crisis pregnancy center sound?  What about serving our local middle school?  And our bi-annual give-aways for people in need?  Sandy Creek makes these opportunities available, and more.

Senior Adult Ministry

It's not just the young people who enjoy themselves in Christian fellowship-- the "young at heart," also known as our senior adults, have a team that plans meaningful and exciting opportunities for them as well.  You may even see a few younger faces hosting or playing along to mingle the generations from time to time!


Upcoming Events



Timeline (1755-present)

Sandy Creek Baptist Church was organized in 1755 in Randolph County, NC under the leadership of Elder Shubal Stearns. Sandy Creek is the mother church of the Southern Baptist Convention, a denomination that has grown to over 45,000 churches throughout the U.S.  The original church building burned and the oldest church building on site today was built in 1802 and is on the Register of Historic places. Elder Shubal Stearns is buried on site in the church cemetery, along with other former pastors, church members, former slaves and a marked grave of a Revolutionary War soldier.  The church is still in full operation with a new sanctuary built and dedicated on September 20, 2015. 

We have a rich history as the oldest church in the Southeast that has led us to where we are; however, we have seen God continue to work over the centuries, even until today in the Twenty-First Century.  We look forward to and pray that we will always honor the Lord as His people at Sandy Creek, making Him known to our community and our world, for His glory!


Founding Pastor, Shubal Stearns converted to Christianity under the ministry of George Whitfield in 1745. He was baptized by Walt Palmer in 1751, and ordained by Walt Palmer and Joshua Morse in 1751.

Stearns established Sandy Creek Baptist Church on November 22, 1755 with 16 members, meeting in a small meeting house.


Shubal Stearns organized the Sandy Creek Association in 1758.  Membership at Sandy Creek had surpassed 600 by this time.  

Sandy Creek is considered to be the seed God planted, nurtured, and blessed as a fruit-bearing branch, with fruit such as that Association and the most notable fruit, the Southern Baptist Convention.  Established in 1845, the SBC is one of the largest protestant denominations in the world today with more than 16 million members and more than 5,000 home missionaries, and more than 5,000 missionaries serving around the globe.


Shubal Stearns served as pastor at Sandy Creek for 16 years until his death on November 20, 1771.


Forty-two churches were started by the ministry of Sandy Creek, along with the calling of many ministers. The church had multiple buildings as the years passed and membership needs changed. The current sanctuary was built in 1942.


One may consider Sandy Creek today and wonder why she is not large, thriving body of believers after

more than 260 years of ministry.

Large, she is not; thriving, she is.

Obviously, demographics impact the size of any church and that is certainly a factor when considering Sandy Creek.  No doubt, God still stands here today and He is still at work.  Sandy Creek may not be a large church, but she is experiencing a healthy level of growth and the people are enjoying a genuine sense of unity.  We look forward to many, many more years of growing in our faith, serving our community, and sharing the gospel with them as we do.

details of our history


As historic Southern Baptists, Sandy Creek Baptist Church aligns with the Southern Baptist Convention's Baptist Faith & Message.