About Us

Here’s an overview of our church.

Small Church. Big Impact.

At New Canaan, we believe that God has chosen to reach the world through the local church. We believe that any church can have a big impact if it’s mission aligns with God’s will and purpose for us. We are constantly seeking to discern how God would have us engage our community with the hope we have in Christ. All are welcome to join us on this mission. 

Meet Our Pastor

Our Lead Pastor, Justin Harris is a long-time believer, a Paulding native, and a loving husband & father. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s had a decade of ministry experience and is fulfilling his calling to spiritual leadership.

He and his wife Ashley have been married since 2014, and have three kids: Judah, Eden & Ezra. When he’s not watching Georgia football, Justin is an avid reader. This shows in his messages, as his teaching style often dives deep into the historical aspects of the Bible, and always has at least one quote from C.S. Lewis to share.

If you want to know more about Justin, you could either listen to his past messages or reach out!

Meet the rest of our staff:

Debbie Huff

Office Secretary

Pam Crosley

Children’s Director

Phillip Winfrey

Technical Director

Niki McLeroy

Worship Leader

Lynn Jackson

Cemetery Manager

Office Information

Our office hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 4:00pm.
You can call us at (770) 445-7311 or email us at office@newcanaan.church
If you need to fax us something for some strange reason, you can at (770) 445-7311×1111


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Our History

New Canaan Baptist Church was constituted during the year 1868, though the exact date is unknown.  There were 16 charter members who met together in a log cabin.  The church was accepted into the Tallapoosa Baptist Association at the 33rd Annual Meeting, held with Macedonia Church of Carroll County, on October 10, 1868.  Rev. E. M. Head was the first pastor.  After one year, New Canaan had doubled in size to 32 members!  Memorable dates in the history of New Canaan include the year 1875, when the church hosted a revival that lasted 9 days, saw 7 people come to faith in Jesus Christ, and was attended by 500-600 people!  In 1892, the first frame building was built for the church (see pictures below).  In September 1937, the frame buildling was renovated, including painting the roof and bricking the exterior.  That building remained until it was replaced with the currect santuary in 1969. 

For 79 years, services were held just one Sunday per month.  During that same time, church conference was always held on the Saturday evening before the Sunday worship service.  In 1933, the Sunday School boasted a total of 28 members, but by 1950 Sunday School had grown to 315 members!  In 1947, the church began holding services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.  5th Sunday worship was added in 1950.  Finally, in 1955, 87 years after the church was constituted, worship services began each Sunday.  In 1965, the church called Rev. Grover Sheets as the first full-time pastor to be on the field.  The pastorium was built in 1965 and Rev. George C. Barnett and his family were the first to live there.  The old pastorium was later converted, and now serves as the church office.

In February 1969, bonds were sold in the amount of $100,000.00 to finance the building of the sanctuary and education buildlings.  The bonds sold out in five days (see pictures below)!  The current sanctuary was completed in September 1969, and the first service was held in the new building on September 28, 1969.  The Educational building behind the sanctuary was completed in May 1969 and began being used at that time.  In 1997-1998 the sanctuary was renovated to accomodate more worshippers.  In 2009, the basement of the educational buildling was renovated to create a larger space for the fellowship hall, a new kitchen, and removable partitions were added to create more Sunday School space.

Previous pastors of our church

E. M. Head
J. A. Gandy
J. S. Reynolds
A. J. McCoy
W. A. Ragsdale
J. M. Spinks
J. H. Ogle
M. A. McCoy
J. A. Young
G. V. Crowe
J. S. Garner
F. M. Lacy
M. A. McCoy
W. G. Standridge
R. J. Smith
C. R. Campbell
Don Voyles
Paul Carter
W. M. Chatham
Roy Goodson
G. C. Roper
Bob Daugherty
Joe McMichen
Roscoe Hayes
Grover Sheets
James Brewer
George C. Barnett
Marlong Thomas
George C. Barnett
J. T. Hollingshed
David Poe
James H. Cook, Jr.
Chad Cooper
Jason W. Loudermilk
Chris Farmer

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