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As divine providence would have it, the inception of Arlington Baptist Church beautifully aligned with God’s calling and the community’s need. In June 2018, God impressed upon Pastor Robbie McClelland’s heart the mission to carry the Gospel beyond the Southeast and plant a Baptist church where there was none. Concurrently, families in Arlington, SD, recognized the need for such a church and were earnestly praying for one. This led Pastor Robbie and his family to Watertown, SD, in the summer of 2019 to assist an existing church, and it was during this time they visited Arlington and felt a profound calling to begin their ministry there.

In February of 2020, Pastor Robbie attended a preachers’ fellowship in Florida. As he conversed with fellow pastors he expressed his concern for Arlington, SD. During this exchange, a pastor from Pennsylvania revealed that a family in Arlington had been fervently praying for someone to establish a Baptist church in their community. It was at this moment that Pastor Robbie became certain of God’s precise intention for him to relocate his family to South Dakota and serve the people of Arlington.

This confirmation of God’s will prompted the McClellands to boldly step out in faith and relocate to South Dakota in May of 2020, amidst the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. They began informally meeting with two families in the summer of 2020, and by October, they held their first official church meeting. These gatherings initially took place as in-home Bible studies for nearly two years.

In July 2022, Arlington Baptist Church celebrated a significant milestone by acquiring and transforming the old American Legion building on Arlington’s Main Street into a sanctuary for worship and fellowship. The inaugural service in this new home was joyously conducted on August 7, 2022. Through God’s provision and generous donations from other ministries, the church has been continually blessed. Consequently, Arlington Baptist Church has not only thrived but also aims to be a beacon of light within the community. In 2023, the church expanded its outreach by hosting its first Vacation Bible School and supporting its first missionary, marking the beginning of its global ministry impact.

We invite you to become a part of our unfolding story at Arlington Baptist Church as we continue to grow in faith together. Join us in this endeavor, and as a church body, we will continue to build a legacy of faith, fellowship, and service that will resonate for generations to come. We look forward to welcoming you into our church family.

May 2020
Church Planted
God burdened Pastor Robbie to plant a church in Arlington, South Dakota
2020 - 2022
Home Bible Studies
The church met in area homes for Bible studies
Aug 2022
Old American Legion Building
The church held its inaugural service in its own building on August 7th, 2022
Aug 2023
VBS Ministry Launches
Arlington Baptist Church hosted its first Vacation Bible School
Oct 2023
Missionary Program Begins
Arlington Baptist Church started to transition from a new church plant supported by other churches, to being a church supporting other church plants across the globe
Jan 2024
Small Groups Ministry
Monthly small groups began as another form of church ministry outreach. Small groups for men, ladies, and teens were launched in January of 2024.
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Arlington Baptist Church of South Dakota

Arlington Baptist Church of South Dakota

Independent Baptist Church devoted to preaching and teaching directly from the Bible. Prioritizing Biblical truths over tradition.

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🌟 Join Us for a Memorial Day Cookout! 🌟

Arlington Baptist Church is excited to host a Memorial Day Cookout this Sunday, May 26th at 5:30 PM!

We’ll kick off the evening with a brief service at 5:30 PM, followed by a cookout featuring burgers, hotdogs, and more! 🍔🌭

Bring your family and friends to enjoy some fun yard games, great food, and a wonderful community atmosphere. Everyone is welcome – it’s an open community invite!

See you there!

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🌟 Join Us for a Memorial Day Cookout! 🌟

Arlington Baptist Church is excited to host a Memorial Day Cookout this Sunday, May 26th at 5:30 PM!

We’ll kick off the evening with a brief service at 5:30 PM, followed by a cookout featuring burgers, hotdogs, and more! 🍔🌭

Bring your family and friends to enjoy some fun yard games, great food, and a wonderful community atmosphere. Everyone is welcome – it’s an open community invite!

See you there!

🇺🇸 #MemorialDay #CommunityEvent #CookoutFun #ArlingtonBaptistChurch #FamilyFun #JoinUs #VisitABC

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wish we could be there!

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📖✨ Dig deeper with us tonight at 6:30 PM! Join our Men's Bible Study for an evening of fellowship and food. Join us as we discuss if spiritual gifts are needed or relevant in today’s world? Don’t miss this chance to dive in and share your thoughts!

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📖✨ Dig deeper with us tonight at 6:30 PM! Join our Mens Bible Study for an evening of fellowship and food. Join us as we discuss if spiritual gifts are needed or relevant in today’s world? Don’t miss this chance to dive in and share your thoughts! 

#VisitABC #MensBibleStudy #SpiritualGifts

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Don’t forget about our annual Mother’s Day breakfast in the morning!

🌟 Get pumped, because Teen Night is BACK tomorrow! 🌟

Attention all teens! Get ready for an action-packed evening at Arlington Baptist Church! We have an adrenaline-fueled dodgeball tournament on the docket and a spread of pizza and snacks planned. Dive into meaningful discussions during our engaging Bible study, and forge lasting connections with new friends. And the best part, it's all on the house (free)—so gather your squad and join us for our monthly Teen Night!

See the full details or preregister at: visitabc.com/teen/

#CountdownToFun #TEENNIGHT #TEENNITE #VisitABC #ABCTeens
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🌟 Get pumped, because Teen Night is BACK tomorrow! 🌟

Attention all teens! Get ready for an action-packed evening at Arlington Baptist Church! We have an adrenaline-fueled dodgeball tournament on the docket and a spread of pizza and snacks planned. Dive into meaningful discussions during our engaging Bible study, and forge lasting connections with new friends. And the best part, its all on the house (free)—so gather your squad and join us for our monthly Teen Night!

See the full details or preregister at: https://visitabc.com/teen/ 

#CountdownToFun #TEENNIGHT #TEENNITE #VisitABC #ABCTeens
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