Churches in My Life

Iglesia Biblica

Each church has a story and an impact on my life. I hope to tell each story here eventually. The header photo above is Vacation Bible School Immanuel Baptist Church, El Dorado, AR 1953. I’m near top center, head of table holding Bible, age 12 soon to be 13.

My simple start here is to list churches from current back to the earliest known. I hope to add the details later:

Catholic Church Atenas

2015 to present – When I attend church it is usually Iglesia Biblica, a semi-charismatic Evangelical Church within walking distance in Atenas. I have also attended the main Catholic Church and like their worship service better but that is all. I do not yet feel at home in any church here, though Iglesia Biblica is the closest to what I grew up with, maybe, though for prayer or meditation I prefer to go sit in the Catholic Church.

 

 

Catholic Church, Atenas, Costa Rica

 

 

First Baptist Nashville

1990 to 2014 – First Baptist Church Nashville – Website  (At this time I remain a member there though living in Costa Rica. I have not found a church that I am ready to join here. More on that in another article.)

 

 

 

 

 

Glory Baptist Church, The Gambia

2000-2002 – As a member FBC Nashville I attended Glory Baptist, The Gambia – My Photos, 2000-2002 – 2013 School Article – 2011 AllAfrica.com Article –  09 The Point Article – 08 The Point Article – Facebook Page (Must Friend to read)

 

Judson

1981 – 1990 –  Judson Baptist Church, Nashville – Website  

 

 

Belmont Heights

1979 – 1981 –  Belmont Heights Baptist Church, Nashville – Youth Minister – Website

 

 

 

 

Harpeth Heights

1978 – 1979 – Harpeth Heights Baptist Church, Nashville – Min. of Education – Website

 

 

 

FBC Donelson

1977 – 1978 – First Baptist Donelson, Nashville, TN – Website

 

 

 

Bethany Dallas

1975 – 1977 – Bethany Baptist Church, Dallas, TX – Min. of Education & Administration – Website

 

 

 

Second Memphis

1969 – 1975 – Second Baptist Church, Memphis, TN – Volunteer Youth Worker – Website

 

 

 

Hillcrest Dallas

1967 – 1969 –  Hillcrest Baptist Church, Dallas, TX – Youth Minister – Website

 

 

 

Miami Springs, Florida

1965 – 1967 – Miami Springs Baptist Church, Miami, FL – Jr. & Youth Minister – Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beverly Hills Baptist Church Dallas in 1960’s

1962 – 1965 – Beverly Hills Baptist Church, Dallas, TX – Jr. & Youth Minister    —Church Burns Down in 2016:  Oak Cliff Advocate Article;   Channel 5 NBC News;   Book on partial history;  NOTE that I was there just before it became a charismatic church with glossolalia and healing. See my story on being healed there and why some say I was the first person healed at Beverly Hills Church.

 

Chidester Baptist Church, Chidester, AR, ’61-’62, My Metropolitan out front

1961 – 1962 – Chidester Baptist Church, Chidester, AR – Pastor — Ordained to the ministry here.

 

1960 – 1961 – Third Street Baptist, Arkadelphia, AR – Volunteer Youth Minister – Website

1960-1961 – First Baptist, Arkadelphia, AR -Volunteer youth work, Website

1958 – 1960 – First Baptist, Norman, OK – Website  — Licensed to preach here and active in Baptist Student Union at OU

1955 – 1958 – Calvary Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK -My 3 years in high school,  Website

1947 – 1955 – Immanuel Baptist Church, El Dorado, AR – Website — Baptized here.

1946 – 1947 – First Baptist Church, Camden, AR – Website

1940 – 1946 – I don’t remember any church before Camden

NOTE: Having gone through the websites of all these churches, not one of them is the same as when I attended except maybe FBC Nashville and even that is changing. I have also changed and in most cases differently than these churches have change.

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” 
― Kiran Desai