Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Arms
114 East Swedesford Road, Exton, PA 19341
Church Office 610-363-7814
Rev. Kadin J.G. Williams, Pastor
An American Baptist Church (ABC-USA)
Exton Community Baptist Church (ECBC) is associated with American Baptist Churches USA headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. ABC churches number more than 5,200 across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, with 1.3 million members.
ECBC functions within the regional organization of American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware (ABCOPAD). Ministry teams, regional pastors and other resources developed by ABCOPAD are active components of missional partnerships with member churches.
For History Buffs: Our Beginning...
Exton Community Baptist Church began in the early 1950's in response to the needs of a number of young teens who were transported to East Brandywine Baptist Church to participate in their youth program. In 1958 an afternoon Sunday School class with 15 students taught by the Rev. Dr. Richard Rusbuldt, pastor at East Brandwine, began meeting in a private home in Exton.
On September 13, 1955, the growing congregation relocated to a local fire hall. The rustic setting with dirt floors offered a primitive charm, and the children were fascinated by the decor, replete with fire bells, hoses and trucks. No one present will forget the first Sunday the fire whistle blew during a Communion service.
Dr. Rusbuldt continued to serve the congregation part-time, and a number of people responded to his invitation to join our family of faith. In 1957 he was officially invited to serve as pastor as plans were made to erect a church building.
Our present property was bought soon after, and--with financial help from our American Baptist family--we built our church. The congregation worshiped in the basement of the new building for the first time on November 23, 1958. The sanctuary was completed a few weeks later, and the church charter was signed on February 9, 1959, with 66 members.
ECBC has a long history of helping non-profit groups in the community by providing meeting space in our church facilities. This is a way for our church to connect with secular, non-profit organizations and to support their work in the area.
From left: Pastor Kadin of ECBC; church member Jonathan Yohannan; and Rev. Dr. Kevin Walden, ABCOPAD Regional Pastor with Pastoral Leaders
Pastor Kadin Williams preached at the Christian Unity Service held by the Exton-Lionville Ministerium at St. Elizabeth RC Church on January 22, 2017.
Photo: Pastor Kadin with Barry and Missy Newton, members of ECBC