In the second decade of the nineteenth century a revival was taking place at West Harwich Baptist Church that spread to neighboring towns. Traveling eight miles to and from church was a little more time consuming in the early nineteenth century than it is today. Brewster Baptist Church (BBC) was organized on December 23, 1824 by a group of Brewster farmers, fishermen, and artisans who were touched by the movement of the Holy Spirit and the evangelical preaching that were happening on the Lower Cape.
For most of its history BBC was a small church in a rural setting with a very low year-round population. During the latter part of the 20th century as the population of Brewster and Cape Cod grew so did the church.
This growth was accompanied at BBC by a series of long-tenured pastors including Rev. Don Mills (1973-1983), Rev. Dr. Glenn Abbott (1984-1994), and current Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Doug Scalise who began at BBC on October 1, 1995. Doug is the longest serving pastor in the 185 year history of our congregation.
Since 1995, by God’s grace, Brewster Baptist Church has more than tripled in size, growing to over 500 members.
The church raised more than $2,400,000 to complete a 17,000 square foot addition in 2001, developed two different types of worship services each Sunday, and created numerous new ministries.
BBC is a church that believes in missions, serving people and making a difference in our community and the world, including ABC mission support and involvement with trips to hurricane damaged communities in places such as Gulfport, MS, Rocky Mount, NC, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic.
Locally, we have engaged in creative local mission outreach, including Habitat for Humanity and Lower Cape Outreach Council. In 2007 and 2009, BBC received the LCOC’s Hope Award for the church’s outstanding support and work in the community.
Our worship attendance is averaging around 500, with more people attending the 8:30 contemporary service than the later Traditional Service. Christmas Eve and Easter services draw around 1,000 worshipers. At the first service Music Director Chris Morris plays on piano and a Worship Team comprised of vocalists, a drummer, several guitars, and a bass lead the music. Often other instruments are utilized for preludes or for particular song. At the second service Chris plays piano and directs the Choir and Jean Anderson plays the organ. Both Chris and Jean are highly skilled musicians.
BBC has nine Core Ministries:
- Missions and Outreach
- Community Life and Fellowship
And discipleship ministries for:
These ministry teams have lay leadership and the pastors each work with several areas. Pastor Doug works with Worship, Missions, and Community Life and Fellowship. Pastor Mary Scheer, who joined the BBC staff in 2002, works with the Deacons, Assimilation, and Adult Discipleship.
BBC is blessed with outstanding and broad lay leadership and participation. There are hundreds of people who serve with their spiritual gifts, time, talent, wisdom, and hard work to make BBC the vital, alive, influential church that it is on Cape Cod and beyond.
Our ministry with students has a committed group of lay leaders and a well-planned program and calendar of events.
BBC’s ministry with young children is growing.
We have an active group of parents and children who participate in a Sunday School class, Mom to Moms, and monthly supper/cook out gatherings, Veggie Tale premiers, and other events.
We are excited about what God is doing in us and through us at BBC and we look forward to welcoming the newest member(s) of our Staff Team.