Charity Baptist Church was founded on Mother’s Day, 1977 by Dr. Greg Estep. He started it as a Bible study with some of the customers from his Christian bookstore, and the first service was held in the garage at his Beavercreek home. The church bought the North Fairfield Road building later that year, and new members came from all over the Dayton area.

Ministries grew to include prison work, a bible institute, campmeetings, a shipping ministry, mission support, public evangelism, and more. The bookstore became a part of the church, and books, music, and thousands of sermons were made available by a mail-order catalog. The media ministry continues to grow with the development of our newest website, www.CharityBaptistMedia.com.

Dr. Thomas Gresham succeeded Dr. Estep after his retirement in 2001. Additional ministries were started, including a deaf ministry. The church moved from its previous location to a more suitable facility to accommodate the expansion of the church’s attendance and ministries.

Bro. Patrick Murphy succeeded Dr. Thomas Gresham after his resignation in 2013.

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The original N. Fairfield German Baptist building, c. 1977
Old Building 1
North end of the building. The kids would go out after evening services and play Kick the Can here in the yard.
Old Building 2
June 1978, after paint, shutters and church sign
Old Building 3 New Paint Job
The two entrances to the right were built by the German Baptists - one door for men, the other for the ladies
Old Building 4 Two Doors
Dr. Greg Estep, 1978
Dr. Greg Estep, 1978
Congregation, c. 1978
Congregation, c. 1978
Sign repainted, 1983
Sign repainted, 1983
Dr. Greg Estep, "Dearly beloved..."
Dr. Greg Estep,
Men singing, 1983. Dr. Michael Haunstein is in the wheelchair, with then-assistant Rick Hall on his right. Evangelist Jack Shuler is playing the guitar.
Men Singing
1983: Dr. Estep, Dr. Jack Wood, and Dr. Jim White
1983: Dr. Estep, Dr. Jack Wood, and Dr. Jim White
Dr. Estep and Dr. Humberto Gomez, c. 1983
Dr. Estep and Dr. Humberto Gomez, c. 1983
Dr. Estep preaching, 2007
Dr. Estep preaching, 2007
Dr. Estep Preaching
Dr. Estep Preaching
Brownleigh Rd. building, 2008
Brownleigh Rd. building, 2008
Our new home
Our new home
Drop-off area with lovely overhang
Drop-off area with lovely overhang
Help us fill this place up!
Help us fill this place up!
Our first baptism in the new building.
Our first baptism in the new building.
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