In the fall of 1990, several Ellington families who had been attending the Somers Baptist Church in Somers, CT established a Bible Study in the home of Jack and Karen Conklin. With the encouragement of the Somers Church, the Bible Study group became the nucleus for a new Baptist Church in Ellington. Beginning in September of 1992, the initial public services were led by pastor Russell Buisch in the Ellington Center School as an extension of Somers Baptist church.
By God’s grace, during the spring of 1993, the Ellington Baptist Church was established as a separate church led by Pastor Russell Buisch (and wife Carole) with its office and parsonage on Mountain Street. Sponsorship for the new church was expanded for the first three years to include the Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society (now “Missions Door“) and the Conservative Baptist Association of Connecticut (now Venture Church Network). Looking back, the church is thankful for the Ellington school system which allowed Sunday services to be held in various school buildings for nearly 12 years.
On March 7, 2004, the first service in the church’s own “multi-purpose building” at 264 Pinney Street launched a new chapter in the church’s history. The church expanded physically with the addition of adjacent property and a house at 260 Pinney Street which became the parsonage and church office. God continued to bless the church as it grew in numbers and maturity, Pastor Russell Buisch leading as God directed all the while.
The church welcomed Reverend William (Bill) Diggins as lead pastor on November 20, 2016, along with his wife Michele and their children. Pastor Buisch graciously delayed his retirement for several months to work alongside Pastor Diggins in the ministry while the Diggins family transitioned from Alaskan life to New England life. The two men enjoyed co-ministering until Pastor Buisch’s official retirement in September 2017.
Having celebrated 25 years of God’s faithfulness to the church family in 2018, the church family looks forward to whatever God has in store for its future.