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Marc Blackwell and Dale Marshfield Missionaries with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) were involved in Church planting in Natal. Their first work was started in Westville North.
Henry and Shirley Davis were saved in 1976 and started training for the ministry. In 1981 they moved to Natal to complete their training and work with the ABWE missionaries as a team. When a small Anglican Church (built in 1919) was found for sale in Northdene, the missionaries set to work to help raise the needed R65000 to purchase this venue. The Grace Baptist Church Queensburgh held its first official service in May 1983. Henry Davis as the national Evangelist acted in a pastoral role assisted by the Missionaries.
The Church experienced a time of growth and very soon had to move to the church Hall. By 1987 with 77 adults in attendance, the church entered its first building extension program. 1990 was the year of organization. On 28 April 1990, the congregation adopted its own constitution, and officially called Henry Davis as its first pastor. In 1995 plans were once again submitted to build the existing 318m2 auditorium. The ABWE Missionaries organized for work teams to come from the States. Lay men and women gave up holidays to come and assist in the building of our hall. Some were supported by churches in the States, and some paid their own way. In 1996, with a membership of 97, the church moved into the new hall where we have been meeting since.
Grace Baptist Church enjoys fellowship with other independent Baptist Churches and missionary works. Together they formed The Fellowship of Baptist Churches in South Africa (FBCSA) which is a fellowship of like-minded churches in the KwaZulu Natal area. This Fellowship of Baptist Churches in South Africa was initiated by ABWE missionaries and South African pastors of ABWE church plants to help the churches and their leadership to have a greater impact in their communities for Christ. All the pastors (and wives) of churches in association with the FBCSA meet regularly for prayer, discussion, and action regarding ministries that are mutually beneficial. One of the programs promoted by the “Fellowship” is the Blessing Durban Grant Fund which is raising money for a revolving grant fund from which our churches can borrow to build their churches. Programs of the FBCSA are the area-wide youth meetings and the annual youth camp.