TIPP CITY — The newly-formed Tipp City Baptist Church will open its doors for its first service on Sunday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. The church is located in the Tipp Center, at 855 N. Third St.
Senior Pastor Brad Klepacz, of Troy, said the new church, which is a registered non-profit, has been in the works since last fall.
Formerly a youth pastor at Troy Baptist Church for the past six years, Klepacz said he felt compelled to start his own place of worship.
“There is not currently an independent Baptist Church in Tipp City,” he said. “So after talking with the Troy Baptist Church, I felt the Lord leading me to start a church in a nearby city that didn’t have one, so that’s what we did.”
Planning for the opening of a church, as with any business, during the COVID-19 pandemic has come with a unique set of challenges, but Klepacz said he has worked to provide a safe atmosphere for attendees.
“When we started planning, of course we had no idea there would be a coronavirus, so we have worked with the place that we are renting and the building owner has guidelines about distancing and space,” he said. “We will be spaced out and will focus on the guidelines the health department has suggested for gathering at churches.”
Klepacz began the endeavour with his wife of 17 years, Sara. Together, the couple has three children, including Paul, 12; Lydia, 9; and Samuel, 1.
“The kids are very excited,” Klepacz said. “They’re hoping a lot of children come. We’ll be having a puppet show for children during Sunday school, then we’ll have a service after that.”
Sunday school will begin each week at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m.
Along with his work as a youth pastor, Klepacz said he has served as a Christian school teacher. The opening of this new church will bring with it new teaching opportunities for him.
“This will be the first time I’m a senior pastor,” Klepacz said. “I’ve been a youth pastor at a couple of different churches and have been a Christian school teacher in Virginia Beach and Huber Heights.”
Though Klepacz has a passion for teaching the gospel, serving as pastor will not be his full-time job.
“This is something I do because I love to do it,” he said. “But my regular job is as a special education teacher at Troy Junior High School.”
While Klepacz will lead the adult service each week, Sara will teach children. As the church and congregation grows, Klepacz said they will adapt and expand by adding more ministries.
“We love Tipp City, and we want everyone to know that Jesus died for them, was buried, and rose again,” Klepacz said. “We would love to have them visit.”
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