About Us



Hickory Ridge Baptist Church was founded as a mission church planted by Steens Creek Baptist Church (now First Baptist Church, Florence).  Beginning in September of 1893, Steens Creek Baptist began holding services every fourth Sunday at the future Hickory Ridge site.  On February 11, 1899, sixty members of Steens Creek Baptist requested to be dismissed for the purpose of organizing the church at Hickory Ridge.  It wasn’t until 1921 that the church became a member of the Rankin Baptist Association.


September of 1934, the church voted to relocate.  A committee settled on a location and in 1935 the church was torn down and moved to our location on  1124 Mullican Road, known today as “South Campus”.  There was much excitement at HRBC and in 1936, Hickory Ridge began to offer a training union.  It was reported that during this time, Hickory Ridge offered more study courses than any other church in the state.  In 1945 HRBC had a total of 139 members and decided to add an additional service.  We were now having two two-hour services each month along with Sunday School.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in 1954 to begin construction on the education wing of the main building.  This building served as our only facility until 2003 when work began on a new family building.  Because of outstanding growth, all of our worship services were moved to the new building in 2006.  This arrangement left HRBC without much needed dining halls and classroom space.


In May 2016 HRBC opened a new campus at 319 Hickory Ridge Road, know today as the “North Campus”.

HRBC is currently planning and fundraising to continue the construction phase to build additional facilities for children, youth, and fellowship space.  All tithes given on a 5th Sunday service goes directly to the construction.

Thanks to Michael Stephens from “Now & Forever” Captured Moments.



The mission of the church is to glorify God by making disciples through the gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s mission and the mission of His Church are inseparably linked.


There is one God, who exists eternally in a fellowship of three distinct and equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who are unchangeable in their holiness, justice, wisdom and love.


Terry Fant

Senior Pastor

Married to Tina Fant
Children: Riley, Marco, Maddy, Brooklyn, Anna Grace
Email Address: terryfant@icloud.com

Gerald Young

Associate/Youth Pastor

Married to Robbie Young
Children: Landon, Riley, Emily
Email: gerald67@mac.com

Pam Pickle

Children's Ministry Director

Married to Eddie Pickle
Children: Alex and Caden
Email: pampickle45@gmail.com

Jimmy Bailey

Worship Leader

Married to Kay Bailey
Children: Phillip and Erin
Grandchildren: Jude and Dominic
Email: jebaileyjr@aol.com

Julia Fritz

Pastor's Ministry Assistant

Married to Bill Fritz
Children: Jessica and Marleigh
Grandchildren: Harper, Beckett, Merritt
Email: julia@hickoryridgebaptist.org