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The brief history at Peachtree Corners Baptist Church is a testimony to the power of God’s purpose revealed through a people committed to His vision for them. This legacy of joining God where He was working began with the vision of Dr. Jim Chavis, Pastor of Dunwoody Baptist Church. In 1977 he had a "unique personal experience with Christ" from which God’s plan for a Decade of Destiny was revealed. He presented this vision for the decade of the eighties to his Dr. Marion Hayescongregation and they affirmed his leadership. The seven phases of this vision involved reaching others with the gospel and caring for others in Jesus’ name. Peachtree Corners was part of this plan as the first of three mission churches to be established.

In March 1980, Dunwoody Baptist Church voted to start the Peachtree Corners Mission. In October that year they voted to call a Minister of Missions. In February 1981, Rev. Marion Hayes was called to be a church starter and immediately began the process by contacting the 12 church members who had expressed interest in joining in this work. The initial meeting of the Peachtree Corners Baptist Chapel was attended by 15 believers in the home of Marion and Jackie Hayes. Marion challenged this group to "pray and dream about our work together. God is going to do something great and He is going to let us help." That call to share in God’s vision was quickly blessed as the group grew quickly to 30 and met for 10 weeks on Sunday nights in the Hayes’ den. During this time, the Missions Committee at Dunwoody was fervently praying in support of this group and voted in April 1981 to purchase a modular (double wide trailer) to be placed on the lot in Peachtree Corners given by Jim Cowart. The trailer church had a gravel parking lot and had 46 chairs set up for its first service. This limited faith was overwhelmed by God’s blessing of 79 people for the first service and rapid growth as people were drawn to this corner where God was at work. A second trailer was added in October to provide Sunday School rooms for the children.
Marion and Jackie Hayes led the young church to form a Pastor Search Committee and prepare for the next phase of the church’s history and their own. They moved on to start another mission and, in September 1982, Rev. William Douglas (Doug) Turner was called as the first pastor of Peachtree Corners Chapel. That same year, Peachtree Corners Baptist Church was constituted with 127 charter members.

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