On Wednesday, June 7, 2006, Reverend Wayne Stafford held the first meeting of what would become Pilgrims Way Baptist Church. The meeting took place in the garage of Brother Stafford’s located at 400 Lewis Road, Rutherfordton, NC. Brother Stafford had set up chairs for 15 people but to the glory of God 45 people showed up!

Brother Wayne Stafford shared with the people the burden upon his heart to start a new church. The Lord really moved in the service, Brother Wayne led in singing hymns and the Frank Ensley family joined in the singing of a couple of songs. Several people testified and shouted the victory!

Brother Wayne Stafford stated that he had one other preaching appointment to fill on June 11, 2006 at Broad River Baptist Church in Rutherfordton, and then he would begin the new church a week from today on June 14 Wednesday night. That if someone felt led of the Lord to come then they were welcome!

Those in the very first meeting were: Brother Wayne, Kara, Savannah & Elijah Stafford; Tim & Susan Ford; Kelly, Cindy, Alexas, Gabe, & Coleman Pritchard; Kaye Linder; Robert & Doris Atchley; Harvey, Christine, & Nicholas McDaniel, Kristen Harrill, & Jordan Lowery; Allison, Courtney & Morgan Atchley; Mike & Debbie Melton; Shelly, Miranda, & Delaney Richeson; Brother Corky, Carrie, Levi, & Logan Hudson; Frank, Tammy & Shelly Ensley; Gene & Linda Atchley; Virgil, Pam, Jason, & Hannah McCurry; Sharon Wilson; Mary Cooksey; Phil Humphries; and Donnie & LuAnne Greene.


Reverend Wayne Stafford
(as written in the minute book of Pilgrims Way Baptist Church)

Service Times


  • Sunday School – 10:00 AM
  • Morning Service – 11:00 AM
  • Evening Service – 6:00 PM


  • Prayer Service – 7:00 PM