Our History

Cleveland Baptist Church was established in August of 1958. The church was founded by Dr. Roy Thompson which he led for 37 years. During that time, the ministry experienced significant growth. The present auditorium was built in 1968 under Dr. Thompson’s ministry. The Lord used Dr. Thompson in a great way in Northeast Ohio. In 1995 Pastor Thompson transitioned the church to a new pastor, Dr. Kevin Folger. For the past 15 years Pastor Folger has led the church. Cleveland Baptist has had a rich history having celebrated over 55 years of ministry in the Greater Cleveland area. To find out more about the men God used early on to be instrumental in the establishing of this church, click on their personal pages under “About.”

Where We Stand

Cleveland Baptist Church is an independent, fundamental and premillennial Baptist church.  We use the King James Version of the Bible in all of our Sunday school classes and from the pulpit. “Preaching Christ, Reaching the World” is our mission statement.  We desire for the Gospel to be proclaimed both here and around the world.  What our community, our city and our world needs is Jesus Christ. We believe that tomorrow’s future begins with the teaching and training of today’s youth.  Our desire is for each child to know Christ personally and to increase that relationship through a deeper understanding of God’s Word.  As adults, the believer should continue to mature in his faith. We believe the Lord’s return is soon and the believer needs to watch for His coming.  Each service has soul-stirring music and Spirit-led preaching.  We believe the Bible is the standard for conduct in this sin-filled world and we take seriously its command to come out from the world and live a separated life. In today’s world of contemporary Christianity, we strive to practice a godly walk.  We do not compromise with the ecumenical movement or any other organization that seeks to tear down the foundations of our faith.

Schedule of Services

Schedule of Services
7:00 a.m. Men’s Prayer Meeting Auditorium
9:30 a.m. Choir Practice Auditorium
10:00 a.m. Sunday School*
Spanish HCS 117
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship*
Spanish Thompson Chapel
3:30 p.m. Gypsy Service* Thompson Chapel
4:30 p.m. Choir Practice Auditorium
5:00 p.m. Ladies Prayer Meeting Basement
5:20 p.m. Orchestra Practice Room 107
6:00 p.m. Evening Worship*
Spanish Thompson Chapel
6:45 p.m. Great Commission Night* (Not every week)
6:30 p.m. Choir Practice H.B.I. Chapel
7:00 p.m. Midweek Worship*
Spanish Thompson Chapel
Glory Stars (September-May)
T.T.C.W. (September-May)
Discipleship Room 110
9:30 a.m. Young at Heart(Senior Citizens) Fellowship Hall
7:00 p.m. Gypsy Service* Thompson Chapel
7:00 p.m. Reformers Unanimous* HBI Chapel
10:00 a.m. Bus Visitation Fellowship Hall
12:00 p.m. Pro-Life Witness
*Nursery Available

Frequently Asked Questions

What time are your services?

The Cleveland Baptist Church meets three times each week. We have Sunday school for all ages at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday morning followed by the morning worship service in the main auditorium which begins at 11:00 a.m. The Sunday evening service begins at 6:00 p.m. and our Wednesday evening Prayer and Praise Service begins at 7:00 p.m.

What do you have for my children?

Sunday School: Each child will feel comfortable and enjoy learning more about God in their own Sunday school class designed with their age in mind. Nurseries: Our loving nursery staff takes care of your children at each service from infant until three years of age. Parents are given a pager upon registering their child in the nursery. If your child has a need that our nursery staff is not able to meet, you will be immediately paged. Each of our nurseries is properly sanitized each week. Our workers are screened and we can assure you that your children will be properly loved and cared for during each service. The nursery wing of our church is secured throughout the entire service. You can be sure that your children receive the best possible care, while you enjoy the service. Jr. Church: Our Jr. Church service for 1st-6th graders takes place at 11:00 a.m. in the church basement located underneath the Folger Fellowship Hall. Exciting songs, games and stories are included each week! A Bible message geared to children is preached each week as well. Glory Stars: Cleveland Baptist kids enjoy the Wednesday night Glory Stars program at 7:00 p.m. from mid-September until mid-May each year. Each child will be taught scriptural truths, win fun prizes, and play great games each week. The program is for children who are three years old through 6th grade.

What should I wear to church?

What you wear to church greatly depends on your background and how you were raised. Some were raised wearing a three-piece suit and tie to church each Sunday, while others were raised to wear jeans and a collared shirt. While there is no set dress code to attend the Cleveland Baptist Church it may be helpful to know that many of our people dress business or business casual when they attend. No matter how you dress, we will work very hard to make you feel as comfortable as you can, from the time you drive on to our property until you leave each week.

Should I bring my Bible to church?

Our pastor preaches from the Bible at every service! With this in mind it would enable you to enjoy the service more if you too had a Bible. We preach and teach from the King James Version. You may bring another version of the Bible if you wish, but there will be some differences in the way that your Bible reads as you follow along throughout the message.

Where should I park?

We have reserved parking for all of our visitors located on the south drive of our campus behind the auditorium. As you pull on the lot on Sunday morning, parking attendants will be available to point you toward guest parking spaces. Should all of our guest parking spaces be taken an attendant will do their best to find a spot closest to the building for you. We also have ample handicapped parking spaces available throughout our lot. They are located in the front parking lot, the back parking lot directly behind our auditorium as well as the back parking lot behind the nursery hallway. A parking attendant will be happy to find a handicap parking space as long as they are available.

When I arrive to church, where should I go?

Your first stop should be to the Welcome Center which is located in the lobby directly behind the main auditorium. There, you will be greeted by someone who will ask you to fill out a brief questionnaire about your visit. You will be given a gift just for being our guest! The Welcome Center staff will be happy to assist you in finding a seat in the auditorium or directing you to a Sunday school class that will best suit your life stage.

Besides the main services, do you have anything else that will help me in my walk with God?

Sunday school is a great tool to build your faith as well as to link you with other people your age who just might be dealing with the same things that you are. In addition to that, we offer a Wednesday night discipleship series in which you can be spiritually mentored by someone who has studied the Bible and walked with God. The course is 16 lessons and covers just about everything that a new Christian needs. For those who may be struggling with an addiction we offer Reformers Unanimous which meets weekly on Friday nights at 7:00. If you just can’t wait until the next service to hear good preaching from our pastor, our website contains multiple messages and resources to help and encourage you throughout the week.