White Oak Baptist Church

5344 Main Street Putney

About Us:

In January1980, Rev. Barry J. Brown and his family moved to Connecticut with the purpose of beginning an independent, fundamental Baptist church in the Stratford area.  The decision to come was reached after several trips to New England and with the prayers and financial support of eighteen like-minded Baptist churches across America.  The financial commitments varied, but generally speaking, they were to ensure that the moving expenses for Pastor Brown and his first six months living expenses were met while at White Oak Baptist Church was being formally organized. At the end of the planned commitment period, assistance from these sister churches ceased. It is the biblical conviction of White Oak Baptist Church that she should remain a local church, independent of all other ecclesiastical groups or formal denominations.

In February 1980, the first “get–acquainted” meetings were held at the Stratford YMCA, and as a result of these meetings, the church was formally organized with five core family units. The church name was derived from the state tree of Connecticut, the white oak. The first Sunday service was held on April 6, 1980, with thirty-six in attendance. The facility, which was used for that initial service and for the first nine years, was a secretarial school on Broad Street in Stratford. Sunday school classes, morning worship and evening worship services were conducted each Sunday, and other ministries were centered in homes during the week.

Pastor Brown held a position as an engineer with the Bridgeport Machine Company from August 1980 until January 1983, when the church began his support as a full-time pastor. Attendance at White Oak Baptist Church grew steadily, and the congregation sought a larger church property to allow for expanding ministries.


Jason Magnarella

Thursday, March 9, 2017
This is the best Baptist Church in the area! The pastor and his family are wonderful people who are simply interested in furthering the gospel and furthering the teaching of God's word. If you live in the area or a visiting the area and you believe in the Bible this is the place for you!

Barbara Marsh

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
I have been a member of White Oak Baptist Church since 1987; it will be 29 years in October. Since joining the church, I have never had the desire to worship anywhere else. From our founding pastor to our current pastor, we have seen consistency in sticking with the fundamentals of the Scriptures. We are a friendly, loving church and we welcome visitors. I can't say enough about White Oak.

Kelly Johnson

Friday, April 26, 2013
We've only been at White Oak for just over a year and everyone has been so friendly and helpful. It is a church full of caring people. It has been an excellent church to recuperate from Breast cancer treatment. I highly recommend this church for anyone who wants to grow in their Christian walk.

Benjamin Dasari

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I started going to this church in 2011 and I love this church. I was blessed spiritually because of GOD's children and the preaching(by Pastor, Asst. Pastor, etc) from the word of GOD at the church. The church members are also very polite, caring and friendly. It has great bus ministry, bus captains and staff. I would highly recommend this church to anyone.

Anderson Andrevil

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
I have been attending this church since I was about five years of age I don't know where I would be without the strong preaching of the pastor,and the love of the church family.