Smyrna Baptist Church has served the Parch Corn Holler community (and rural SW Rogersville and rural NE Ozark, Missouri) since 1874. Our “little church in the holler” was built in 1890, renovated around 1974, and yes, we have central heating and air, running water and even a PA system.
We are undeniably a small country church with a traditional worship style (no big screens, just a piano, occasionally a guitar, and the 1975 Baptist Hymnals). But it’s not boring and it is good. Our pianist, Dannette Grubaugh, graduated from College of the Ozarks with a degree in music.
Our pastor, Dale Grubaugh, has been preaching and serving small country churches since his call to the ministry in 1977. He’s a country boy with a servant’s heart who happens to have a bachelor of arts in religious education and a bachelor of science in biology from Southern Baptist University, a masters of divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a life spent ministering to everyday folks.
Our volunteer director staff includes Sunday School director Joshua Heston (also editor of www.StateoftheOzarks.net) and Sunday School teachers Bert Bostic, Don Bilyeu, and Ryan & Michelle Gideon. Ryan and Michelle also host regular Youth Group events.
We are church home to elderly and lifelong members as well as young couples. It is perfectly normal to see toddlers seated next to someone in their 80s or 90s.
Dress code is casual as-needed. Jeans and shorts are fine. Donuts, coffee and homemade breads and fruit are available on Sunday mornings. So, come as you are, and if you’re hungry, well, there will be food too.