Golden Hills Baptist Church of LeadWe are glad that you are taking time to view our website, and we trust that you will find it informative.  The accompanying pages provide more static information with special events and items highlighted in posts.

Golden Hills Baptist Church began in 2012 and is committed to glorifying our God, evangelizing our community, and edifying believers.  This is accomplished through our worship, preaching, teaching, discipleship, fellowship, and outreach.

Pastor Gordon Phillips’ passionate messages are expositional, drawing their substance from the text of the Bible, with the specific intent of directing people’s attention and obedience to the truth revealed to us by God.

Thanks for stopping by, and we look forward to having an opportunity to minister to you!


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2019 Spiritual Life Bible Study

LETs Examine Needless TraditonsThough the pages of the New Testament are notably absent of any teaching on religious traditions for the church, many “Christian” churches are full with them. The reason for this disparity is due to conflicting purposes.  The purpose of the teaching of the New Testament is to reveal in all its fine details the true spiritual life. [It begins only by grace through faith, grows only through time in the Scriptures, is fulfilled only by abiding in Christ, and is visibly manifested by a life of godliness.] The purpose of religious tradition is to give people a sense of a spiritual life by an emphasis on various outward activities lest the real absence of spiritual life within them be conspicuous.

Information about the 2019 Spiritual Life Bible study can be found by clicking here or on the tab above in the header area.

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GHBC to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Its Building’s Dedication

On Sunday afternoon, June 30, 1963, the former Berean Baptist Church of Lead (1956-1991) officially dedicated their new building located in Lead’s Washington district.  Here is an account of that dedication as written by Dr. Felix Runquist, field director of the Inter-Mountain Conservative Baptist Fellowship [now the Inter-Mountain Baptist Fellowship], in the fellowship’s monthly bulletin for July of 1963.

New Church Dedicated

Sunday, June 30, was a great day for the Berean Baptist Church of Lead, South Dakota, as they dedicated their new church edifice to God’s glory.

Dr. Arthur Allen of Laurel brought the Sunday morning message.  Dr. Allen had been instrumental in establishing a Bible class in Lead which later was organized into the Berean Baptist Church on April 4, 1956.

The dedicatory service Sunday afternoon was led by Pastor George Turk.  Dr. Allen gave the invocation; Rev. Bob Smoot, a former pastor, brought words of greeting followed by the reading of 2 Chronicles 7 by Rev. Herbert Fry of Newcastle.

Mrs. Morthland and Mrs. Turk presented a message in song, and your Field Director delivered the dedicatory message.

Rev. R.H. Hunt of Rapid City led the congregation in the prayer of dedication.

The Berean Baptist Church was pastored by Rev. Glen Auer at the time of its organization, but he resigned a few months later because of ill health.  Rev. Bob Smoot of Moorcroft was then called as pastor and served through January of 1958.

The following April Rev. George Turk of Superior, Wisconsin, was called as pastor, and under his leadership the church went forward to build the present beautiful edifice.

The new building has a seating capacity of 120, plus a full basement for educational purposes.  The total cost thus far of $17,500 includes everything but pews which will be purchased at a later date.

A $13,000 -bond issue was sold in a few weeks providing the funds needed for the construction.

The complete shell for the building was done by a contractor, but the finishing was done by volunteer labor under the capable leadership of Pastor Turk.

The same type of building erected near Chicago cost $45,000; it is a miracle what Pastor Turk was able to do with $17,000.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Humphries of Detroit, Michigan, childhood playmates of Pastor Turk, came all the way to Lead to be with the Turks for the happy occasion.

Other visitors besides the aforementioned pastors were several carloads of lay folk from Rapid City as well as a number of folk from Deadwood and Lead.

The dedication was also covered by the local paper The Lead Daily Call under the headline “Lead Church Is Dedicated.”  An excerpt reads:

Dr. Felix Runquist, Billings, Mont. field director of the Inter-Mountain Conservative Baptist Fellowship, gave the sermon at the dedication service Sunday Afternoon.  Rev. R. H. Hunt, pastor of the Bethel Baptist Church, Rapid City, offered the dedication prayer; Rev. Herbert Fry, First Baptist Church, Newcastle, Wyo., read the Scripture lesson and Rev. Robert Fulton Calvary Baptist Church, Hot Springs, gave the benediction.  Special music was arranged by Mrs. George Morthland, Mrs. George E. Turk and the youth group of the church. . . .

. . . Mrs. Ray Marrs, Whitewood, was in charge of the reception with Mrs. Felix Runquist and Mrs. George Turk presiding at the refreshment table.

At the morning worship service, Dr. Arthur Allen, pastor of the First Conservative Baptist Church, Laurel, Mont., gave the sermon and Mrs. Felix Runquist was the guest soloist.

Dr. Runquist also spoke at the post dedicatory service Sunday evening which included special music by the youth group of the church.

Golden Hills Baptist Church which received Berean’s building as its own last year is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that dedication during its Sunday services on June 30, 2013.  Sunday services are at 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM.

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All Thanks to God

On October 29, 2012, Golden Hills Baptist Church officially received as its own the properties that had been held by the former Berean Baptist Church.  We praise God for the completion of this process that began back in April.  While we had been earnestly seeking opportunities to get to Lead for 8 years, the Lord made preparations for Golden Hills long before that.

[B]ut he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain. – Isaiah 57:13

Berean Baptist Church of Lead 1963

Golden Hills Baptist Church – 2012

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Dedication Service, July 13th

A Dedication Service was held for Golden Hills Baptist Church of Lead on Friday evening, July 13th.  There were 25 in attendance giving praise to the Lord for the beginning of GHBC.

Pastor Jones of Bethel Baptist delivering the Dedicatory

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Service Schedule

I am happy to announce that, Lord willing, Golden Hills Baptist Church of Lead will be having regularly scheduled public worship services beginning on Sunday, July 15th. Sunday morning services will start at 10:30 am with Sunday evening services at 6:00 pm. A mid-week Bible study and prayer service will be on Wednesday starting at 7:00 pm.

We will also be having a special dedication service for the new church on Friday evening, July 13th at 7:00 pm. A light food and fellowship time will follow in the Fellowship Hall. We would love for you to be in attendance. If you know people in the area that might be interested in the new church, let them know or, better yet, come to the dedication service and bring them with you.

Golden Hills’ facilities are located at 908 Washington St. which is in the Washington area of Lead and is easily accessed from Main St./US Hwy 85 just east of the Open Cut. There is a church parking lot behind the building that can be accessed from either Grandview Dr. or Elkhorn St.

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We have not yet been able to schedule when our first public service will be held as we are waiting on necessary paperwork for legal and financial matters to be completed.  When we know when those matters will be finalized, we will announce our service schedules.  We want to begin with a Friday evening dedication service for Golden Hills Baptist Church of Lead and the buildings.

In the meanwhile we have been cleaning and preparing the building in anticipation of beginning soon.