Bellview is Born 2

Bellview is Born!!

Groundbreaking for a church building was held on October 8, 1967. The first service in the new sanctuary was in February of 1968. Two years later there was a need for additional Sunday School space. This addition (the present children’s building) was completed in February, 1971.

On June 10, 1973, Rev. Pratt McCloud retired. The church membership was now at 306.

Rev. Steve Bennett became the next pastor and served two years. During his pastorate, the west Sunday School building, which is now the office building, was completed. In 1975, he resigned to pursue his seminary work. The membership was now at 420.

Rev. Truman Moses was called as Bellview’s third pastor in 1975. The present sanctuary was built under his leadership. Rev. Moses served 5 years and then resigned to pastor a church in North Louisiana. Member was at 588.

In 1981, Rev. Marvin Green became the pastor and served until 1988. During his tenure, the church indebtedness was retired. Membership was 565.

In November of 1988, Rev. Bill Houck became the new pastor. Under his leadership, the church underwent a refurbishing process. The church also became more mission-minded, making three trips to Pennsylvania to help very small Southern Baptist Churches.

Bro. Bill worked to get the church involved in the community but serving as the Chaplain of the Westlake Police Department. He led the youth to adopt Sampson Street as a “Litter Watch” project.

Bro. Bill Houck resigned in 1996 to accept a pastorate in Virginia. Bellview’s resident membership was 739. Rev. Jamie Johns became the pastor in 1997 and served until the summer of 1998.

Rev. Jaceson Johnson was called to pastor Bellview in February, 1999. He began his ministry with a desire to “Impact the community for Christ.” Some outreach projects of the church were:

  • The “Jesus video was hand delivered to every Westlake and surrounding area home, reaching approximately 5,000 people.
  • Adventurers was established for young boys ages 6 to 12;
  • The disaster relief team was established.
  • Mission endeavors included Brazil, Honduras; Del Rio, Texas (Cornerstone Children’s Ministry); Houston, Texas (Houston Baptist Missions), New Mexico (Carlisle Community Baptist Church), and Colorado.

Bro. Jaceson resigned in May, 2011.

Rev. John Ward was called to pastor in July, 2012 and remains the pastor to this day.