Precision Valley Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist Church that was founded in 1978 by Pastor Aubrey Jones. What started out as a few gathering in an old school bus continues to grow today, despite Vermont being one of the least churched states in America. This is, in large part, due to our affiliation with and support from the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Convention of New England and the Green Mountain Baptist Association.
Precision Valley Baptist Church is located on a beautiful ten acre parcel of land at 67 Route 106 in North Springfield, Vermont. We added a large sanctuary several years ago that is completed on the outside, but is currently being used as a fellowship hall until we complete the interior.
Behind the church, set back on a beautiful wooded lot, is a 3-4 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch-style parsonage with large garage.
The property also currently has two mobile homes – one is used for storage while the other is used as a place for the youth group to gather. Once the new sanctuary is completed, we hope to be able to move everything into the church building.
Our Local Community
Although Precision Valley Baptist Church is located in North Springfield (population 573), it also serves the larger community of Springfield (population 9,373). PVBC is the only SBC affiliated church within a 20 mile radius. We are involved in the Association of Springfield Area Churches which seeks unification within the religious community to promote a positive moral and social climate in the area. This often includes outreach such as a monthly Men’s Breakfast, Community Meals, and Community Holiday Events.
Church Life at Precision Valley Baptist Church
PVBC strives to balance contemporary and traditional worship styles. Our services use a multimedia format, frequently drawing from online videos and music, but we also regularly open the Hymnal and sing along to the piano. We offer Bible-based preaching and teaching in line with the Baptist Faith & Message.
The church body has a mix of ages, with the trend among newer members being young families and/or less experienced Christians. The majority of our members have been attending less than 10 years. Women at PVBC play a prominent role in all areas of church life.
We have a small youth group for our teens and do frequent get-togethers and trips. Children's Sunday school is for ages 5-12 and takes place after the music portion of service until the end of the service. Our nursery is available behind the sanctuary and has a large window and speakers so parents can enjoy the service while caring for their younger children and babies. We have new visitors almost weekly with a spike in recent months, bringing our average up to about 60 at regular Sunday services.
Community outreach has often included VBS, AWANAS, clothing and back-to-school ministries, Christmas gift shop, and other ministries as community needs arise. More regularly, PVBC is involved in supporting the community food shelf and the local rehabilitation center where we minister to elderly, sing and provide companionship.
There are various opportunities at PVBC to learn and fellowship. Among these are adult Sunday school, Thursday men's group, holiday parties, and various Bible studies often hosted by the Women's ministry.
Statistical Snapshot of PVBC
Based on a 2015 survey of our most consistent members:
- 60% female / 40% male
26% - 30’s
9% - 40s
26% - 50s
26% - 60s
13% - 70 or older
- Children (under 18) regularly in attendance: 11
- 57% of adult members do not have children / or have adult children
42% - Southern Baptist
19% - Baptist
38% - Non-denominational
- MORE: Congregational Faith & Values Survey Results
The structure of PVBC is adopted from "The Purpose Driven Church", where there is a church council composed of five elected leaders who oversee worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. We've also recently incorporated deacons and trustees following a revision of the church constitution and bylaws.