Utopia Missionary Baptist Church
2932 Tyson Rd.
Villa Rica, GA 30180

"Where Everybody is Somebody"



Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.  (Romans 16:16)

But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.  (I Corinthians 7:17)

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen (Ephesians 3:21)

This time tested Church was established in the month of March in the year of our Lord 1937, as a Mission of the First Baptist Church of Villa Rica, GA.  All timbers and the frame work were cut and donated off of the farm of T. W. Tyson.  Labor for the construction was donated by free labor of the community.  Reverend Womac preached the first sermon, after which, Rev. S. A. Baskin was called as the first pastor.  The Mission went by the name of “Community Church” for the first four years.    In the year 1941 the church was organized, under the leadership of Rev. Hershel Camp, who was the pastor at that time and was given the name of “Utopia Church” as suggested by Mrs. W. E. Hudson of Route 2, Villa Rica.  

Many changes have taken place over the decades that followed the establishment of this Church.  Members of the congregation have been born, died, moved in, moved out and left for various reasons, but the dedication of the members to be a light on the hill, a voice in the wilderness if you will, has remained constant. 

Utopia’s pastors are shown as follows:
  Rev. Sam A. Baskin 1937 - Date Unavailable
  Rev. J.  H. Camp Date Unavailable - Date Unavailable
  Rev. E. J. Cain Date Unavailable - Date Unavailable
  Rev. Hulette Chandler Date Unavailable - 8/54
  Rev. Ralph Tapley 9/54 - 8/56
  Rev. Garland Odom 9/56 - 8/60
  Rev. C. L. Lyles 9/60 - 8/61
  Rev. Kirby Golden 8/61 - 7/69
  Rev. Ollie Shadrix Jr. 8/69 - 7/71
  Rev. Roy Smith 10/71 - 5/75
  Rev. Herman Mills 6/75 - 5-83
  Rev. Dewey McGowan 8/83 - 8/84
  Rev. Russell Calhoun 10/84 - 9/94
  Rev. Ollie Shadrix 11/94 - 8/00
  Rev. Bobby Smallwood 10/00 - 5/05
  Rev. Chad Long 5/05 - 8/12
  Rev. Clay Pawley 11/4/12 - Present


Now that you’ve read Utopia’s history maybe you should consider becoming part of its future.  If you’re lost then you too can be saved; if you’re saved and out of God’s will then now would be a good time to remember, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9) or if you’re saved and searching for a Church where you can worship God in Spirit and truth, then come.


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