Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church

"The Right Place at the Right Time"

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We meet to praise, honor and worship our Lord on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays of each month for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., and at 11:00 a.m., for a spirit-filled worship service.

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Meet our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wilbert B. Johnson was born in Frankfort, Kentucky to the parents of Dr. W.W. Johnson and Carolyn N. Johnson and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where he attended

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Welcome to Our Website!

Where you're always in "The Right Place at the Right Time"


Greetings from Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church and welcome to our website. We are excited that you have chosen to spend a few moments discovering our church family.

We at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church are committed to following Jesus. We worship Him in spirit and in truth. We encourage prayer in church and throughout life, and we love people outside the church through generosity, invitation, and compassion.

Our hope is that everyone will feel loved and welcomed at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church; and once here, we pray that you will meet God, and as a result of meeting God, will give their lives to Jesus Christ.  Come as you are and see what great works we are committed to; but more importantly, seek the truth of God that can only be known when one knows Jesus.

While you are browsing our website, you will learn about our programs and get a glimpse of who we are, but only a glimpse. To fully understand us, join us for Sunday worship service or Tuesday bible study and feel the up-close, in-person fellowship that comes when people share time together with the Holy Spirit present. Enjoy the website, then come visit us at 2506 New Hope Road, LaGrange, North Carolina. We’d love to meet you and get to know you.

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Yours in Christ,

Dr. Wilbert B. Johnson, Pastor,
First Lady Joyce Johnson,
and the entire Shady Grove Family

Our Daily Scriptures

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?"

Luke 6:46

"His devine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness."

2 Peter 1:3

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you."

John 14:27

"He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies beause of his Spirit who lives in you."

Romans 8:11

"This is how God showed is love...He sent his one and only Son into the world."

1 John 4:9


The Building

The church had a very humble beginning. It began as a brush shelter. Later, a small wooden structure was constructed and wired with electricity. The early building was darned with the signature bell and a steeple. Years later, stones were built around the wooden structure, two bathrooms and a foyer were added, and the wood stove was replaced with gas heaters.

Under the leadership of Pastor James K. Clarida, the right wing of the church was added, which included a fellowship hall and restroom. This new fellowship hall was a much needed replacement for the old tin trailer, which had served as the fellowship hall for many years. Red carpet was installed, the banister surrounding the pulpit was revamped and the choir stand was extended.

The vision continued under the leadership of Dr. Willie J. Cox. The left wing was added which included a pastor's study with a restroom, a secretary and finance room, a conference room, two Sunday School rooms, a choir room for the men and a breezeway bridging the wings of the church. A lighted bulletin board was installed on the church campus and a steeple was mounted on the building.

The Sarah Lewis Library was established and dedicated in honor of Mother Sarah Lofton Lewis.


The Sanctuary

Under the leadership of Reverend Larry Johnson, who was called to Pastor in May 2001, Shady Grove now got a new contemporary look. The pulpit was transformed from a barrier design to a more open style. Purple carpeting was installed throughout the church and the pews and pulpit chairs were upholstered to match the carpeting.

The Vestibule (left)

The vestibule has been enlarged and decorated in purple and gold, providing an open and welcoming entrance into the sanctuary.


The Vestibule (right)

The vestibule has been enlarged and decorated in purple and gold, providing an open and welcoming entrance into the sanctuary.