our mission

We receive our mission directly from Jesus' commission to His disciples:

"All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:16-20 CSB)

Everything we do, then, comes directly from our desire to be disciples of Jesus and lead others to do the same. Simply put, everything at Hillcrest is about


our core values

Leading people to follow Jesus has led us to focus intentionally on 5 key areas. We are committed to a love for:

  • god & his word

    The Bible is the basis for everything we believe and practice. It is God's communication of Himself to us. All of our corporate worship gatherings, Bible studies, and age-graded ministries use the Bible as the foundation for leading people to follow Jesus.

  • growth

    As we lead people to follow Jesus, we aim for spiritual growth and maturity as God continues to transform individual lives and families.

  • generosity

    Following Jesus results in a person being generous with his or her resources. In fact, our church could not carry out its mission without people generously giving of their time and financial resources. In turn, our church is able to give generously in serving others locally and around the world.

  • others

    A true love for God naturally results in a love for others. We are deeply committed to loving our neighbors, both local and global, and sharing the good news about Jesus with them.

  • family

    Our love for family is twofold: a love for each family unit (no matter the size) and a love for our church family as a whole. It is our desire that as God's adopted children, our church will continue to grow in love for one another and that others will see God's love demonstrated through us

our story

Hillcrest originally began with 18 members in 1954 as the Ninth Street Baptist Chapel, a mission of First Baptist Church of Hopkinsville, to minister to our local neighborhood. Hillcrest became an autonomous church in 1960 and moved to its current location in 1962. Since then, we have continued to grow to meet the needs of our congregation and community. We have seen God do amazing things and we believe He continues to be at work as we follow Him into the future.

our beliefs

Hillcrest Baptist Church is a fully cooperative and supportive part of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our major beliefs are concisely summed here in The Baptist Faith and Message. In essential beliefs we have unity. In non-essential beliefs we have liberty. In all our beliefs we show charity.