Letter from our Senior Pastor
We are so glad you are here! We hope that as you read through this Welcome Guide that you will be inspired by the ministries offered at Spring Hills Baptist Church. Our vision is “Building Generations for Jesus Christ” and our mission is to “Love, Live, and Lead like Jesus.”
Our church was established in 1989 under the leadership of my father, Jeff Pound. He and my mother, Cathy, had been missionaries in the Philippines for many years. Upon return from the mission field, my parents started a Bible study in their home here in Granville. The Bible study soon outgrew our home and, inspired by the faithful leadership of many participants in the Bible study, this church began. Spring Hills Baptist Church started with services in Granville High School with my father serving faithfully as Senior Pastor. My time on staff at Spring Hills began as Youth Pastor in 1998. I have been Senior Pastor of Spring Hills since 2012. In 2017, under the leadership of Campus Pastor Jeff Houghton, we began a new campus ministry in Utica. We are obedient to God’s call to make an impact throughout Licking County and around the world as we reach out to share the gospel while helping to meet the needs of those around us.
You may be looking for a place to learn and grow or you may be looking for a place to faithfully nurture your family. We are certain that the ministries that we offer will help you to draw closer to the Lord, our church family and your community. If you are looking for a place to use your unique gifts, we have many opportunities to volunteer and serve, both in our church and in our community. Additionally, we offer many fellowship opportunities that encourage new friendships and make way for lots of fun.
Please don’t hesitate to contact any one of our pastors or ministry leaders with questions about the opportunities presented in this guide. Also, be sure to check our website and social media for current information. In Christ,
Tom Pound, Senior Pastor
Spring Hills' Vision is Building Generations for Jesus Christ.
The purposes of Spring Hills Baptist Church are carried out through the following priorities:
Love like Jesus!
Mark 12:30 Jesus teaches us to love with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. When we seek to love God and those around us like Jesus did, we will impact the world for Him.
Live like Jesus!
I John 2:6 tells us that all Christians should live as Jesus did. As we learn to live like Him by following the lead of the Holy Spirit, we will have joy and peace, while experiencing the life that He promised.
Lead like Jesus!
In Mark 1:39 Jesus taught us that the leader is to be the servant of all. As we lead like Jesus, others will be drawn to faith in Him, as they encounter Christ in us.
Our Core Values
At Spring Hills, our mission is to build generations for Jesus Christ as we love, live, lead like Jesus. As a church, there are specific core values that guide and shape who we are and what we believe.
We deeply value a lifestyle of worship that authentically flows from our hearts and not just our lips. We also value worship services that exalt and glorify Jesus Christ alone. We desire to fix our eyes on Jesus Christ as we worship Him. (John 4:23-24)
We openly and publicly acknowledge that God’s Word is truth, it is the absolute truth that we desire to preach, know and live out. We also desire that our relationships are bound in the trust that is formed by people who share the absolute truth. (John 17:17)
The great commission calls us to make disciples. We value relationships that focus on maturing in Christ and making disciples. We believe discipleship happens best in the context of a relationship and as a congregation we acknowledge our need for accountable, transparent, discipleship relationships. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Christians are called to serve, and we value service in God’s kingdom that is sacrificial, strategic and effective. We believe all Christians are called to serve with their spiritual gifts and as members of one body we are called to serve each other. (1 John 3:18)
We value prayer, and seek to pray continually. Everything we do as a Church must be shielded and empowered by prayer. Through prayer we discover the heart of God. (1 Thess. 5:17)
We can only begin to live like Jesus as we follow His model of radical obedience. We value obedience to God’s Word and believe that as we obey Christ, we open the doors of His blessing in our lives, in our Church, and in the World. (Romans 6:17)
We value families. God himself designed the family as the primary place for development and growth. Healthy families provide the foundation for a healthy generation. In Christ we become part of God’s family and live as brothers and sisters in Christ. (Col. 3:18-21)
Holy Spirit Led
Our desire as Children of God is to be led by the Holy Spirit. We joyfully acknowledge that we are gifted and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and seek to deny our flesh and live in the Spirit. (Romans 8:14)
Wholeness & Healing
We value the healing that God brings to lives that have been broken as a result of sin and the pattern of this world. We value supernatural healing of bodies, minds, and hearts in the Holy Spirit. God’s desire is that we would be made whole as we overcome our hurts, habits and hang-ups. (Luke 4:18-19)
Jesus gave us our mission; to make disciples. Our desire is to remain focused on the mission He gave us as we share the gospel with those in our church, our nation and the world. (2 Cor. 5:20)