“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the whole of the pit from which you were dug.”
The first Sunday of worship services was held for what was known as Englewood Winstead Baptist Mission on September 2, 1962. One month later, the members voted to purchase land at the corner of Englewood Drive and Winstead Road.
For slightly over four years, the church met at the Englewood School. On July 11, 1965, the mission met for the first time, changing its name from Englewood Baptist Mission to Englewood Baptist Church. There were 162 charter members. In 1966, the church began construction on its first building on the property which was completed in 1967.
This would be the first of three building projects at the original campus. A second building program began in 1970 to add additional education space and church offices and the second building was dedicated on February 7, 1971.
During this time, Rev. Claude R. Walker served as pastor from February 1966 until March 1976.
Rev. William Wallace was called as pastor in December of 1976 and served until 1986. During Rev. Wallace’s leadership, the church continued to meet a growing vision for the community by purchasing adjoining land.
A new sanctuary was built and was dedicated on March 4, 1979.
In September 1987, the church called Rev. Stephen M. Lewis as the next pastor. Under Pastor Lewis’ leadership, the church exploded in growth. In the spring of 1992, the church family made a decision to purchase the property on Winstead Avenue and begin a relocation process.
The first building on this property was dedicated as the Family Life Center on December 15, 1996.
In February of 1997, Pastor Lewis was diagnosed with cancer. During his illness, the associate pastor, Rev. Donald Pope was called as the pastor of Englewood on October 24, 1998. Pastor Lewis went home to be with the Lord on November 7, 1998.
Rev. Pope served as the senior pastor for one year. Under his leadership, the church gained a new focus on intentional evangelism. An interim pastor, Dr. Allen Moseley of South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, was called to serve in December of 1999. He helped Englewood through the transition process while they stepped out on faith breaking ground on the new ministry building. Dr. Moseley served until August of 2000 when Dr. Michael Cloer was called to be the next pastor.
God began Englewood Baptist Church for one purpose and throughout its history, God has maintained and protected that purpose which is to win the lost and develop the saved, beginning at home and extending around the world.
“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”
The ground breaking service for Englewood’s new Ministry Building was held on April 29, 2000. On Sunday, January 6, 2002, we held our very first Sunday service in the Worship Center. That first service, with more than 1,400 people attending and 61 decisions for Christ, was the culmination of ten years of dreaming, planning and countless hours of prayer and hard work.
In 2004, Englewood bought an additional 32 acres across Winstead Avenue where we plan to build beautiful homes that will be used for ministries to the aged, mothers in crisis pregnancy, and others in need of the love of Christ in practical ministry.
In 2010, our Lord provided for us again by allowing us to build a $1 million structure especially for our Student Ministry that we have named – The EDGE. By God’s grace, this building was completely paid for prior to it’s dedication.
In September 2015, after borrowing over $21 million to buy property and build buildings over our 50 years of gospel ministry, we celebrated for the first time since our beginning as a church – We’re Debt Free!!! Our Lord has taken this fellowship of believers called Englewood Baptist Church, from a small neighborhood mission to a church that impacts the nations – all for the glory of God!