The mission of Westside Baptist Church is to serve God by Sharing Christ and Loving People.
Our vision is to have every member of Westside Baptist Church engaged in a ministry that fully utilizes their God given gifts. Ephesians 4:11-16
Over these 39 years, Westside has ministered Jesus Christ to thousands of worshippers and continues to evolve delivering the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our ever-changing society.
Westside Baptist Church began as a vision in 1983, to Pastor Ben Smith of Lakeland Baptist Church for a predominately African American church in Lewisville, TX. Rev. Roosevelt Brown, as Pastor, led 50 members in Westside’s first worship service on March 8, 1984, in the Gulf Car Wash in Lewisville, Texas.
The congregation grew through evangelistic efforts. Church officers, ministries, and programs were put into place, organizing the newly formed church. Pastor Brown relocated to California in 1989, and Rev. Kenneth Blake, a faithful bible teacher became pastor and eventually Westside’s bi-vocational pastor in that same year. The congregation outgrew the Gulf Car Wash and, in 1991, moved into its newly built worship center at 802 Bellaire Blvd., Lewisville, Texas.
Westside expanded the 802 campus with an educational wing and Family Life Center to meet Westside’s growing needs. In 2002, Westside broke ground on our current worship center at 900 Bellaire Blvd. and moved in December 2004. After 25 years of service, Pastor Blake’s assignment at Westside Baptist Church ended.
Rev. Taft Sales was then appointed interim pastor and served from 2013 until 2015, when Rev. Thomas Bessix was elected Senior Pastor. Pastor Bessix expanded Westside’s community presence by partnering with the North Texas Food Bank. He also created and revamped ministries to serve the changing needs within the congregation and the community.
In 2018, Dr. Delvin Atchison, the Director of Texas Baptist’s Great Commission, became Interim Pastor, and in 2019 he was elected Senior Pastor.
In 2020, the global pandemic, Covid-19 expanded Westside’s digital age presence and has become a game changer as we are broadening our digital footprint and social media presence. “Imagine More” a way of thinking was introduced at the 2021 Vision conference.
Over these 40 years, Westside has ministered Jesus Christ to thousands of worshippers. Westside continues to evolve in our ever-changing society with the message of Jesus Christ.
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