In 1956, a young man by the name of Pastor George Henderson left the small village of Allagash, Maine, and came to the town of Machias with great determination to fulfill the desire which God had placed on his heart since he was a teen. This purpose led to the discovery of the Universalist Church, which became Machias Valley Baptist Church in September 1962.
After many renovations and additions, in 1981, Machias Valley Christian School was opened, which used the church facilities to prepare children for their futures with God’s guidance. The Hemmingway Annex building was purchased for a youth center and office space as the ministry of Machias Valley Baptist Church continued to grow and reach out to people in the Machias Bay area.
Pastor George Henderson and his wife, Carolyn Sprague Henderson, faithfully served the Lord in the ministry of Machias Valley Baptist Church. Pastor Henderson went home to be with his Lord on August 23, 2008, after serving as MVBC's only pastor for 50 years.
OUR MISSION, VISION, & VALUES
Our mission is to participate in the Great Commission given by Jesus found in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8.
Our vision is to be a body of equipped and employed saints referenced in Ephesians 4:13-16 and to be ever increasing in the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22, 23.
Our values are found in Acts 2:42-47 to be a church devoted to the teaching of God’s Word, the fellowship of believers, the worshiping of Christ, the ministry of prayer, and the serving of one another.
OUR SENIOR PASTOR
Zach Vaughn will be joining us in January 2021 as senior pastor of Machias Valley Baptist Church. Zach currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Students & Education at First Baptist Church of Lovington, New Mexico. He received his M.A. in Christian Studies from Criswell College.
Zach and his wife Mari (pronounced Mah-dee) are both from New Mexico and have been married for six years. They met in college and have served in ministry together ever since. They have a passion for making disciples of Jesus through one-on-one mentoring. They have 3 children, Jeremiah (age 4) and twin girls Amelia and Julia (age 1).
Zach loves reading, baseball (Boston Red Sox fans!), fishing, hunting, ultimate frisbee, and disc golf. Mari enjoys tennis, crafting, thrifting, baking, photography, and Christmas movies.
Zach and Mari have sensed the Lord calling them to New England for some time now, and He has sovereignly brought our paths together. Pastor Zach's first Sunday at MVBC will be January 10, 2021.