Smith Street 
Baptist Church
Loving God. Loving People. Making Disciples.

News and Events

“Your church was identified as one of the fastest growing small churches in the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. Many of the 3600+ Georgia Baptist churches are experiencing growth. However, your church stands out as one of the best. In 2015 there were 854 churches in the small category and your church was ranked number 9! Congratulations on the accomplishment.”

Dr. Tim S. Smith   

State Missionary

Groups and Faith Development Specialist                                                                                     

Weekly Newsletters

Weekly Bulletins
Courageous Father's Day Men's Conference
On June 19 and 20, Smith Street Baptist Church held a Courageous Men's Conference. This 3 day event will take you through the Courageous Living Bible Study. Doors will opened at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening with dinner served that night. The conference resumed with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The Bible Study concluded at 12:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Graduates received their signed Resolutions during a ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20.

Speakers included
Rev. Jason Corbett, Pastor of Journey Community Church, Writer, Husband and Father

Britt McDade, Owner/Operator of Chick fil A Vidalia, Husband and Father

Rev. Chester Proctor, Pastor of Smith Street Baptist Church , Author, Husband, and Father 

Ronnie Smith, Evangelist and Men's Ministry Advocate

Breakout session teachers included
Robby Smith, DBA

Mike Spivey, First Baptist Church of Soperton

Edward Johnson, Smith Street Baptist Church Deacon Chairman

David Barrett, Smith Street Baptist Church Minister of Education 

Boys and Girls Club Fun Day
On April 18th, SSBC hosted a Fun Day at the Boys and Girls Club of Toombs County, GA.! This fun filled day included, bounce houses, an inflatable slide, games, prizes, and a bike giveaway! But most importantly, it helped us show love to our neighborhood and gave us the opportunity to share Christ with the members of our community.
The Refuge
Our Children's Department delivered 11 Easter Baskets to the families at The Refuge Domestic Violence Shelter. This ministry gave the children there something to look forward to Easter morning and showed the Jesus' love for them!
Crafters for Christ
Crafters for Christ handmade 400 Salvation Bracelets for Jessica Aaron to take with her as she embarks on a mission trip to Vancouver, Canada. These bracelets will be an important tool to spread the gospel to this lost people group. Please be in prayer for Jessica as she takes this important journey.

Operation Christmas Child Shoe-box Drive
Our Children's Department collected and filled 25 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The boxes will go to needy children around the world. A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Each box will connect a child with our savior Jesus Christ!
LoveLoud DBA 2014

In an effort to reach our local area, The Daniel Baptist Association encouraged its 51 member churches to participate in LoveLoud DBA 2014.  The Association defined LoveLoud DBA “a four day mission trip to our community. The vision of LoveLoud is to model Jesus Christ as we serve our community. We anticipate that over 500 people will serve on over 51 different projects specifically developed to help our community. We desire to serve the single mom, the widow, the orphan and the impoverished. ‘We love, because He first loved us.’  1 John 4:19 NASB.” 

In partnership with the DBA, Smith Street Baptist Church of Vidalia chose to adopt two teachers in the Vidalia City School System and take up donations to help meet the classroom needs of these teachers.  At Sally D. Meadows, the adopted teacher was Missy Dixon and at J.R. Trippe, Julie Caraballo. Regarding the event, Senior Pastor Chester Proctor said, “Personally, my heart beats for teachers.  As a son of a teacher, I grew up watching these men and women pour their heart and soul out into countless students to help shape the future and make it bright.  The tragedy is, with all of the budget cuts statewide; our teachers are forced to supply their classrooms with money from their own pocket.  The need is much greater than most people realize. If we can show these teachers that God loves them and that we love them, then we feel we have been successful.”

Over $350 worth of materials were donated and collected for the two teachers.  Rev. Curt Tootle, Youth Pastor of Smith Street Baptist Church presented the items to Julie Caraballo and later said, “to see the smile on her face and how she and her administrators responded, was such a blessing. I am glad we were used by God to bless Mrs. Caraballo and her students”

The Children’s Director, Mrs. April Patrick presented the supplies to Missy Dixon and echoed Tootle’s response, “my heart leapt for joy as I witnessed her gratefulness.  It was such a blessing to me, to be able to be a part of blessing her.”

According to Rev. Proctor, “we don’t want there to be any confusion on this in the community.  We did not do this for ourselves or to promote Smith Street Baptist.  On the contrary, we did this to bless others and point the good works of man to our Heavenly Father, that he might get the glory.”

Smith Street Baptist Church has been working hard over the last six months to live out their mission statement, which is, Loving God, Loving People and Making Disciples and according to Rev. Tootle, “I think this helped us practice what we preach.”

Big Backpack Bash August 9, 2014


 That’s the first word that comes to my mind when I think about the Big Backpack Bash on August 9, 2014. The picture above doesn’t do it justice, because over the course of three hours, we had nearly 300 people on campus!  What the picture does do is highlight the purpose of our event.  One of our 6E Strategies is Event Evangelism and our goal is that people come to know Christ as Lord and Savior.  

In the picture you can see four members of our evangelism team praying with kids from the neighborhood as they ask Jesus into their hearts.  This is the epitome of what we are supposed to do and this was just one way to do it.  From the bottom of my heart I want to thank God for each of you.  Whether your time was spent setting up tents, working a booth, cooking food, or praying for others I know that the whole event brought honor and glory to the King!  Take a break.  Catch your breath. But not for long, because as Luke 10:12 says “and he was saying to them, the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”  There is plenty to be done and we are just getting started!        

Sweet Hours of Prayer a Success!

Saturday afternoon, June 21, 2014 members of Smith Street Baptist Church hosted their 1st Annual Sweet Hours of Prayer community prayer service and according to Senior Pastor, Chester Proctor, the day was a success.

"Today was a great success.  Now, some might ask, 'just what do you mean by success' and since success is measured in many different ways by many different opinions, that would be a great question.  At SSBC, we measure success by how well it honors God.  We believe today to have been successful because we are called to pray unceasingly in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.  I believe this was a great day, because we honored God and followed his command as a church."

In addition to continuous prayer for 8 hours, church members cooked hotdogs, which they freely gave to passerby's, and visited houses near the church sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Proctor also said, "we would have loved to have seen someone trust Christ as their Lord and Savior today, but even though we didn't, we know that we planted seeds and that too honors God."

Nearly forty people participated in this all day event, and over two hundred names, needs, civic groups, and un-churched souls were prayed for.  But, according to Rev. Proctor, this is only the beginning.

"I believe you can expect to see more of this from our little church in the future.  With the recent events in Toombs and Montgomery Counties, I think it's pretty obvious that we need to turn away from the worldly things and turn to the Lord.  In an effort to do so, we will continue accepting prayer requests and honoring them by praying weekly at our mid-week prayer service.  We also have plans to reach out to our community more and do our part in strengthening this great city that we live and worship in."