WHO ARE WE?
•Baptist Churches trace their origins back to the New Testament. The ways in which we function resemble as
closely as we can the very first Christian churches.
•Baptist Churches are not a recent development here in Ireland. Baptists formed their first churches here over
350 years ago. The village of Cloughjordan in NW Tipperary had a Church of almost 200 people, many of
whom emigrated to New Jersey in the 18th century.
•There are records of a Baptist presence in Thurles dating back to the early years of the 19th Century.
Unfortunately the church that existed then, like so many things, did not survive the famine. The present
Baptist Church in Thurles began in the late 1970’s. We are linked by the Association of Baptist Churches
in Ireland to over 100 other churches on our island.
•As a church we are committed to putting the Bible into practice in our lives and sharing its message with
•We seek to base all of our teaching and practice on the Bible. We are committed to the biblical model of each
church being responsible to God for its decision-making and direction.
•Our congregation, like other Baptist Churches is led by a pastor, elders and deacons, all appointed by the
members of the church “And He Himself gave some to be pastors, teachers and evangelists for the equipping
of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:10-11).