Clingan Ridge Baptist Church
Praise The Lord!
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to effectively reach out to the unsaved, cultivate spiritual growth and be a place of refuge, consistent with God's principles of love and compassion, in order to fulfill the Great Commission and bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our Church History
Clingan Ridge Baptist Church, Cleveland, Tennessee
On June 26, 1938, Clingan Ridge Baptist Church was organized in the yard of Mrs. Inez Vaughn on what is now church property. The original church building was built on land facing Guthrie Dr., sold to the church by J.P. Rayfield for the cost of $5. Today's church building is still located on the same city block facing Georgetown Road. Its name comes from the nearby ridge settled by the Alexander A. Clingan family in 1835 shortly after Bradley County was founded.
Clingan Ridge Baptist Church chose Rev. Edgar Colloms as its first pastor. He began his pastorate on July 3, 1938 with twelve charter members. Over the years the church has acquired the entire city block of its current location. A new building replaced the original building in 1957 with two major remodeling projects occurring in 1977 and 1994. The present building was constructed in 2001 with the original sanctuary being remodeled into an education building. During its seventy-plus-year history, Clingan Ridge has been blessed with seventeen different pastors. The current church membership now exceeds 800.
Clingan Ridge is a vibrant, growing congregation. There are active mission groups for all ages, a youth group, senior adult group, as well as a women's ministry, men's ministry, and a youth ministry team consisting of puppetry, signing and drama teams. Every service is filled with such a sweet spirit. You won't know what you're missing until you come to visit!