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Who We Are
In 1906, a group of 23 young Christians met in homes for prayer and bible study. Feeling led by the Holy Spirit, they decided to form a church. The first building of worship was on Hudson Avenue in Detroit and so the Hudson Avenue Baptist Church was formed. In 1923, the growing congregation moved to the corner of Clarendon and Grand River, still in Detroit, and changed their name to Northwestern Baptist Church. In the 1950’s the church began a mission in Southfield that led to our building on 10 Mile Rd. and Evergreen.
In 1997 the building on 10 Mile was sold and the congregation moved to a temporary home at the Judson Center in Royal Oak. During this time the church called a new pastor and started looking for property or an existing building.
The property on 8 Mile Rd. was purchased in April of 2001. Construction of the new building began in the fall of 2002. With this new beginning it seemed appropriate to choose a new name. Our new name, Wellspring, is based on the following scriptures: John 4:14 “(Jesus said) those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”, Proverbs 16:22 “Understanding is a fountain of life to those who have it.” and Proverbs 18:4 “The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.”
In 2006 we celebrated our 100th anniversary as an American Baptist Church. Our mission remains to: Worship the Lord, grow as disciples, share God’s love, serve all people and spread the good news.