The Lewis Avenue Baptist Church of Temperance, Michigan, was founded in 1927 by a group of godly Bible believers who pulled out of the Northern Baptist Convention before it was popular to do so, over modernism in the mission boards, on the mission field and in the NBC schools. The battle was waged over the inspiration, inerrancy and authority of the Scriptures. From the very first, Lewis Avenue Baptist Church has stood in the tradition of independent, fundamental Baptist works. Its pastors have always been men of God, dedicated fundamentalists with high standards of belief and conduct.
The church is located on 25 acres in Temperance, Michigan at the Michigan/Ohio border, a suburb of the greater Toledo Metropolitan area.
The buildings comprise 78,000 square feet, including the auditorium, Sunday School building, an educational wing, both an elementary and high school wing and a gymnasium building. An auditorium that seats 1300 was added under Pastor Hobbins’s leadership and a second educational wing will add 58,000 square feet when completed.
The land and buildings are valued in excess of 5.5 million dollars.
- *1971 – 125 average Sunday School attendance when Dr. Hobbins came on February 7, 1971.
- *1972 – Bus ministry started
- *1973 – Deaf ministry started | State Line Christian School founded | Educational building and bus garage completed
- *1974 – Small World Day Care founded
- *1976 – Second Elementary building completed
- *1985 – High School building completed
- *2001 – New 1,300 seat auditorium completed
It is difficult, at best, to try to communicate an accurate picture of the impact that Dr. T. Leslie Hobbins has made in the lives of countless people. Today under Dr. Hobbins ministry which includes the Lewis Avenue Baptist Church, State Line Christian School, and Small World Day Care, many thousands of men, women, and children all over the Ohio and Michigan area have come to know Christ, been baptized and have had their lives dramatically changed.
Someone once said, “Do not follow where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” For well over 44 years, (35 of those years here at Lewis Avenue Baptist Church), Pastor Hobbins has been a trail-blazer, and we have all benefited for having known this great man. In Jude 22 the Bible says, “And of some have compassion, making a difference.” This verse best describes Pastor Hobbins’ life and ministry.
On Wednesday, January 30th, the people of Lewis Avenue Baptist church voted in Brother Steve Hobbins as their new pastor, with a 91% approval rating, effective February 1st, 2008.
Under the leadership of Pastor Steve Hobbins the church has seen a renewed vision and fresh excitement that is obvious in the atmosphere here at Lewis Avenue Baptist.