Our Community Profile
Welcome to Maceo Baptist Church. We are located in the small, rural town of Maceo, Kentucky and are just nine (9) miles northeast of Owensboro (the fourth largest populated city in Kentucky) and just over the river from Indiana. We are primarily a farming community with approximately 400 people. We are just a hop, skip, and jump over the Ohio River from Rockport , Indiana. While Maceo could be considered “country” living, we do have a post office, gas station, and a Dollar General within minutes of the church.
Maceo Baptist Church is a conservative, Bible-believing, Southern Baptist Church that was founded in 1904. Our church is a community church but should not be mistaken as a church in a community. In the past 50 years, we have had 6 pastors. Our most recent full-time pastor, Rev. W. Scott Ford, passed away unexpectedly in July of 2019 after thirty-two years of faithful service to our church and community. Maceo called Dr. Dennis McFadden in March 2020 to serve as our interim pastor to prepare our church family for our next full-time pastor and shepherd. In late April 2021, the church called Bro. Tim Moss to be our next full-time pastor after a twenty month search for the man God has prepared for our church family.
History of the Area
Owensboro’s first settler was William Smeathers, popularly known as Bill Smothers, who in 1797 built a cabin on the south bank of the Ohio River. Original settlers arrived in flatboats coming from the northeast, the flatboats naturally drifting to the south side of the riverbank with the swift river currents. The original site was called “Yellow Banks” in reference to the color of the soil along the banks. In 1815 the Kentucky General Assembly passed an act creating Daviess County. The new county was named to honor the fallen hero Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, who died in the Battle of Tippecanoe. (A clerk misspelled the last name in the draft of the act, and so it became Daviess County.) In 1817, the General Assembly provided for the planned town and specified that it should be called Owensborough in memory of Col. Abraham Owen, who also fell at Tippecanoe. In 1893, the spelling was changed to its current Owensboro.
One of the earliest manufacturing companies was the Owensboro Wagon Company, which was established in 1884. It was one of the largest and most influential wagon companies in the nation. The Kentucky Electrical Lamp Company was established in 1899, became Ken-Rad in 1918, and then General Electric in 1945, and finally MPD in 1987. Modern Welding Company was founded by John G. Barnard in 1932 and produces steel tanks and structural steel fabrication. Texas Gas Transmission Corporation was created in 1948 and headquarters were established in Owensboro. Field Packing Company, Ragu/Unilever, and Swedish Match are currently all vital companies in Daviess County. The Owensboro Medical Health System is the county’s largest employer.