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, camp meetings, 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.
Dr. Thomas Gresham succeeded Dr. Estep after his retirement in 2001 and additional ministries were started, including a deaf ministry. In 2008 the church moved from its previous location to a more suitable facility in Kettering to accommodate the expansion of the church’s attendance and ministries.