History of Believers' Baptist Church

In March 1998, a small group of believers began meeting in the garage of Jim and Tiny Jones just outside of Emory. Several men rotated preaching/teaching responsibilities as the group prayed about the future. On April 29, 1998, the group voted to form a church and to call Bryan Hutchison to be the first pastor. Pastor Hutchison was a busy bi-vocational pastor, but these were exciting days for the young congregation and many were added to the church. On Sunday, June 14, 1998, the church held a worship service in the Heritage Center, a civic and community meeting center, within the city limits of Emory. The church was to hold worship services there until December 2003. Just one week after the service in the Heritage Center, the church was accepted as a mission of Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville. The church received support from Highland Terrace until June 2005.

In the early summer of 1999, the church purchased ten acres on Highway 19 in Emory, just one mile north of the Rains County Courthouse. This purchase was a major step in ensuring the longevity and viability of the church.

On February 13th 2000, Bryan Hutchinson resigned. In July, the church voted to call Rev. Jason Rolen as its first full-time pastor. This was a big step of faith for the small congregation, and Pastor Jason’s first sermon to the church, on July 23rd, 2000, was preached under a tent on the ten acres. The next month, the church became a mission of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. The church received state convention support until August of 2003.

By God’s provision to His people, in November 2002, the land debt was paid off and a note-burning ceremony was held on the property on Sunday, December 1, 2002. Plans for a new building were approved and accepted.

In March of 2003, the church celebrated its fifth anniversary with a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the church’s first building. The new building would include worship space with a seating capacity of 200-250, nursery and preschool area, and office space. The last worship service of the church in the Heritage Center was November 30, 2003.

The first worship service in the new building was held December 7, 2003. A community invited Open House and Dedication Service was held on Sunday, January 25, 2004. It was soon recognized that the original parking was insufficient and additional parking was added to the church in the summer of 2004. In November of that year, the church agreed to purchase an additional eight acres, making the total church property eighteen acres.

Though the church had been out of mission-status since June 2005, it did not constitute as a church until February 2007. The church is an elder-led, deacon-served congregation and is uniquely aligned with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. The church celebrated its ten year anniversary in March 2008.

    Believers' Baptist Church
    1133 N. Texas | Emory, TX 75440 | PH: (903) 474-0027
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