In 1979, Bro. Jack Cole started Rome Baptist Temple. The first service was held on August 12, 1979 in his garage. From there they met in the lobby of the Forrest Hotel for four months and then into a basement designed and remodeled with our congregation’s needs in mind. The church met there until property was obtained and the construction of the first building was in December 1980. In 1983 the second phase of the building program was completed.
In 1986 Bro. Cole felt his work was finished at Rome Baptist Temple. After praying about it for several weeks, Bro. Cole was impressed of the Lord to recommend Bro. Billy Goolesby to the church for their next pastor. On June 1, 1986 the church voted unanimously to call him as pastor.
The third phase of the building program was completed under Pastor Goolesby’s leadership in May of 1995.
Pastor Goolesby counts it a joy to pastor Rome Baptist Temple, and prays that the Lord would allow him to continue to expand the “vision” for the community and around the world.