Church Profile

Facilities


Pole Line Road Baptist Church (PLRBC) is located in Davis, California (770 Pole Line Road, Davis, CA 95618). PLRBC is a partner with CONVERGE and CONVERGE Pac-West.

Our facility is a 2-acre campus with approximately 10,000 usable square feet and plenty of parking. The sanctuary seats about 110 people and has a worship platform. There is an enclosed breezeway that includes restrooms, a library, and an adult classroom. The facility has a Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) with a partial kitchen. There is a hall connecting the breezeway and MPR which has five classrooms for children and adults. The North Wing of the facility has two separate meeting rooms along with a restroom and a partial kitchen. There is a detached office complex that includes three offices, a secretary’s station, and a restroom. The church also has a 1-acre field that can be used for special activities and an enclosed play area. The church also owns a parsonage – a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom single-family detached house that is located within a half-mile of the church and walking distance of a wonderful city park. The church is completely debt-free.


Participation and Attendance


Average Sunday attendance at worship service is currently around 60 (One Sunday service, along with a recording of the message for online media sites).

Adult small groups:

  • Young Adult Group (College Age to 30 years old on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Adult Bible Study (Sunday at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Prayer Group (Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.)

Children and Youth Ministry on Sunday:

  • 9:00 a.m. – Grades Preschool through High School
  • 10:30 a.m. – Preschool through Kindergarten

History


The church was started by L.I. Richardson, a Southern Baptist missionary, in the early 1950s. It was a mission church of the First Southern Baptist Church of Sacramento, CA. In September 1956, the church was formally organized as the First Southern Baptist Church of Davis with twenty-nine charter members. In 1957, the church purchased the current property on Pole Line Road. Some confusion in Davis developed because there was already a First Baptist Church in the city so in June 2001, the church voted to change its name to Pole Line Road Baptist Church.

Pole Line Road Baptist Church was associated with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) until February 2012. Due to changes within the leadership of the SBC that included doctrinal changes used as a creedal statement that must be signed to associate with SBC entities, the church felt that the SBC had, in many ways, left its traditional Baptist roots. They joined the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) in February 2012.

In January 2018, the CBF Governing Board adopted a new hiring policy that affirmed LGBTQ lifestyles as congruent with a Christian lifestyle. The congregation voted to terminate their affiliation with CBF. In February 2020, our Church Leadership Team presented a motion to affiliate with the CONVERGE (Formerly, the Baptist General Conference).

To learn more about CONVERGE, go online to www.converge.org. Today, CONVERGE consists of over 1400 Bible-believing churches spread across almost every state in the U.S. and 183 missionaries serving in 36 countries around the world. CONVERGE is made up of 11 geographic districts across the U.S. Each district is led by an executive minister with a team ready to support churches, pastors, and staff in their region. PLRBC is a part of the CONVERGE Pac-West district which consists of churches in Nevada, northern California, and Hawaii (www.converge.org/pacwest).

For 32 years, the church was led by Dr. Exter Hardy. Juan Winstead became our Ministry of Music in July 2017. Pastor Hardy retired in January 2023 and Rev. Patrick Allen came as our interim pastor. We are currently searching for a new pastor.

Strengths and Opportunities


  • Our facilities and property have been paid off. The church has a healthy financial profile with no indebtedness.
  • There is a core of people who are passionate and faithful to the church. We have a vigorous ministry with senior adults.
  • The church has a dynamic Food Closet ministry that works in concert with the Yolo County Food Bank. We also support Grace in Action, a ministry focused on helping the unhoused in Davis. This allows us to have a positive influence on and with the community.
  • The church’s diversity (i.e., age, ethnicity, socioeconomics, etc.) is consistent with the area. The church members understand the need to encourage and support one another through various circumstances in life. They are more than just friendly to guests; they are welcoming.
  • The church has a united Church Board and Deacons’ Team.

Growth Areas


  • Little or no conversion growth with a lack of balance of inward and outward focus of individual ministries.
  • An inexperienced Church Board that needs training, especially in connecting mission, vision, and values to an actual ministry strategy.
  • Reaching young adults/families that will directly affect the growth of our children’s and youth ministries. Moving the children’s ministry from a “childcare” mindset to a “ministry” mindset.
  • Overly comfortable and decidedly attached to our convenient form of church. Our interim pastor has been working with us on this area.