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Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, His angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.


We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully to the support of the ministry, the expense of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the Gospel through all nations.


We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.


We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and in distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense; but always be ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rule of our Savior and to secure it without delay.


We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church of like faith and order, where we can carry out the spirit of the covenant and principles of God’s Word.



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 Brother Mc Carley is the Senior Pastor since August of 2021. Brother Mc Carley became a member of Grace Baptist in Portland in 1982. He has been involved in different ministries since 1978 which include Pastor Twin Lakes Baptist Church, Bandera, Texas, Pastor Grace Baptist Church, Alice, Texas, Missionary to the Deaf and Christian School Administrator. Brother Mc Carley grew up in Portland and graduated from Gregory-Portland High School in 1973. He served in the United States Army for 24 years in the Active, National Guard and Reserve forces. Brother McCarley is a 1987 graduate of Tennessee Temple University, 1987 Tennessee Military Academy, 1990 Army Corps of Engineer School, 1992 Defense Mapping School, 1997 Patriot Bible University, and 2020 Texas A&M Kingsville. He enjoys fishing, hunting and mission trips. If you have need of Spiritual guidance or need of prayer you can contact him at

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