A VISION BEYOND US

In 1950, First Baptist Church called a young man to be their pastor, Rev. Bill McDaniel. Upon his arrival, the church saw tremendous growth. In 1951, TL Smith, Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee, sought out in the country for a new location for First Baptist to gather. Upon his research, he, along with his committee, found 3 lots of property for $3,300. Those lots are where the church has worshiped since their dedication service on June 26,1953.
 
While they did not move onto the campus fully until 1954, by January 1955, that original structure burned down. However, by the end of that same year, they had already rebuilt and were worshiping again on that site. 
 
Our church family today faces similar problems our church family in 1950 faced:
 
  • Insufficient Worship Room 
  • Children/Youth/Adult Education 
  • Inadequate Parking
  • Limited future growth
 
On April 8, 2018, the church unanimously voted to purchase property North on 4099 TX-HWY 36 that rests on 11.6 acres, holds two already established buildings for education/administration, easy visibility and access on HWY 36, room for parking, and space for a free standing worship center.
 
The motivation to relocate is rooted in our mission: To be a gospel-centered family on mission to make disciples. Our vision is to reach people in all of Austin County for the sake of the His Kingdom, His glory, His renown, and for the joy of His people. You can read more about our Mission/Vision here.

WHY MOVE?

Over the past 7 years, First Bellville has experienced unprecedented growth. We have labored as to how to aid our growth, while also prepare for the future. This process has led down several different paths of exploration, all of which have led us to today with the desire to relocate and with the formation of a Transition Team to lead the way.

 

TIMELINE

PREVIOUS
3.4.18 – Announcement to Church family of the potential property
3.11.18 – Open House on property
3.18.18 – Business Meeting to discuss Due Diligence report
4.8.18 – Church-wide vote on move
Master Plan Development (in process)
5.19.19 – Presentation of Master Plan
 
CURRENT
-Transition Team evaluating Contracts for Design Phase
-Future Capital Campaign (ongoing)
 

HOW TO GIVE

We invite you to contribute to this project by clicking the link below and indicating via your gift to the Building Fund. You may also send cash or checks for this fund to:
 
504 E. Strauss ST.
Bellville, TX 77418
 
 

Proposed Master Plan