Ellicott Baptist Church

24075 State Highway 94, Ellicott, Co 80808


Mike and Carlene Thornsley


Old Paths Independent Baptist Church is a new church in Salida, CO planted out of Little River Independent Baptist Church in Spring Lake, NC with the purpose of evangelizing Salida and Chaffee County with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are an old fashioned, King James Bible preaching, missions hearted, Independent Baptist Church. (To read more on our beliefs look under "What We Preach") OPIBC held their first service on Resurrection Sunday 24 April, 2011.

Pastor Thornsley is a native of Colorado but spent his teenage years in Germany as a missionary’s son and then most of his adult life in North Carolina as a member of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Even though Pastor Thornsley grew up in a Christian home he did not accept Christ as his personal Saviour until he was 25 years old. He realized at that time that the prayer he had prayed as an 8 year old boy had done him no good. He had not come to the Lord repenting of his sins. On 5 December, 2000 (while under Holy Ghost conviction) he understood that fact and repented of his sins and was gloriously saved. In July 2004 he surrendered to God’s calling in his life to preach the Word of God. Pastor Thornsley completed Bible Institute through Victory Bible Institute in Roan Mountain, TN with a BA in Bible. He then completed his term of enlistment after 13 ½ years in the Army and two combat tours in Iraq. The Thornsleys moved to Salida in March 2011 to start the Old Paths Independent Baptist Church.

Pastor Thornsley and the former Carlene Culver were married on 13 September 1997. The Lord has blessed them with 7 wonderful children (4 boys and 3 girls). Mrs. Thornsley has been an help meet to her husband and a blessing during their years together. She is a homemaker and home schools their 7 children.

Church Address:
329 W. Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201

Church's Phone:
(719) 239-9661

(719) 239-8010


website: http://www.oldpathsibc.com/index.html