In 1956, the First Baptist Church of Kennesaw, Georgia, sponsored a Vacation Bible School that brought 44 children to an old schoolhouse. In that schoolhouse called the Old Chalker School, Wildwood Baptist Church was formed. Rev. Norvel Knight was called as the first pastor.
In 1960, Wildwood officially constituted as a church with 55 members, and 3 deacons. The church relocated to a location near the corner of Wade Green Road and Hickory Grove Road in the mid-1960’s. The worship center was destroyed by fire in 1980, but quickly restored. In 1984, a new worship center was constructed and dedicated. Shortly thereafter, church membership grew past 700.
In 1989, the church relocated to its present property – an 18.5 acre tract – and constructed an 800 seat auditorium and 2 education wings. Growth in the church continued, facilities were added and updated, and additional land was purchased – a 15.5 acre former horse farm including a 20,000 square foot barn.
In recent years, Wildwood has developed both a local and global missions strategy, sending teams to various places in the region and around the world to do mission and humanitarian work. In the year 2000, Wildwood became the home for the International Sports Federation
, a mission sending agency dedicated to using sports to build relationships in cross cultural settings.
In its rich history, Wildwood has seen 19 members ordained into ministry, 13 families and singles sent out as full-time missionaries and church planters, and over 2,300 people baptized.
In the year 2010, Wildwood celebrated its 50th Anniversary as "the church next door," serving the greater Atlanta metro community. Our prayer is that God will continue to bless through the ministry of Wildwood over the next 50 years and beyond, just as He has blessed in the first 50 years.