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Our Story

Matthew Road Baptist Church started out as Florence Hill Baptist Church. Florence Hill was organized in 1943 and was located on Beltline Road just south of Interstate 20. In the mid-1970’s, Florence Hill was changed forever with the beginning of the Trailwood Addition. In 1979, membership slowly declined and help was sought from the Dallas Baptist Association.

Simultaneously, Dr. Berl Cavin, Director of Missions for the Dallas Baptist Association, recognized the growth trends of Grand Prairie and identified a potential location for a church in the midst of that new growth. A seven and a half acre parcel was identified on Matthew Road just north of Polo Road as an ideal location. The Association put money down to reserve the land for a Baptist congregation.

 Florence Hill Baptist Church, the Dallas Baptist Association and Fairview Baptist Church came together as only God can manage things. In February 1980, the members of Florence Hill Baptist Church became the Matthew Road Baptist Mission. The pastor of Florence Hill, John Allen, remained as interim pastor until August of 1980. The church then called Jim Haskell as its first pastor.

In July of 1981, ground was broken and the building was finished in December 1981.  Growth was almost instantaneous; Matthew Road Baptist Mission led the Dallas Baptist Association in percentage increase in Sunday school attendance and membership for the years 1982-83 and 1983-84.  On July 3, 1983, Matthew Road Baptist Mission ceased to exist and Matthew Road Baptist Church was constituted.  In 1988, eight Sunday school classes were meeting in homes. In 1989 the two-story education building was completed.

The twenty-first century has been a time of exponential growth for Matthew Road Baptist Church.  This dynamic growth has led to an 8:30 AM service in 2002.  In the Winter of 2006, we added a third service at 9:45 AM to provide additional space for the few months until the opening of the new worship center.  In the fall of 2001, the Preschool Academy of Westchester was established for our growing community, offering quality Christian 2 day a week preschool education.   We opened our new Worship Center in September of 2006, and have continued to be blessed by growth in attendance and additional ministry opportunities.

Our pastoral history:  

Jim Haskell 
August 1980-February 1984
Called to Bowling Green, Ky

Ebbie Smith
 (Interim)
 
Ron Proctor
November 1984-February 1987
Called to Home Mission Board
 
Ebbie Smith
(Interim)
 
Roger Ferguson
September, 1987-August, 1996
Called to Owasso, OK

Tom Ruane
(Interim)
 
Malcolm Stuart
March, 1998 - August, 2000
 
Jerry Poteet
(Interim)
 
Daniel Sweet
March 2001 - Present

 

 

God’s history for Matthew Road has just begun; the best is yet to come.

Here is a recent history, detailing our progress to build a new Worship Center, growth in attendance and mission work over the last eight years:  

January 2000
Debt Owed on Education Building: Over $160,000  

July 2000
Average Worship Attendance of 150  

April 2001
Added a Second Sunday Morning Worship Service on Easter Sunday  

October 2001
Average Worship Attendance of 250  

April 2002
Established the Long-Range Planning Task Force

December 2002
Average Worship Attendance of 300  

August 2003
Debt Paid in Full! Long-Range Planning Task Force Presentation  

November 2003
Opening of the New Adult Education Center

September 2004
Long-Range Planning Task Force Recommendation for New Building  

October 2004
Unanimous Approval of New Worship Center Design, Contract Signed with Architect

March/April 2005
United We Build Campaign/Spiritual Preparation Weekend and In-Home Prayer Visits
 
April 30-May 1
13-Hour Prayer Vigil, United We Build Banquet, Harvest of Faith Commitment Cards
 
September 18, 2005
Ground Breaking Service for New Worship Center, 448 in attendance
 
December 2005
Average Worship Attendance of 370
 
January 2006
Dirt work begins! $265,151 Given Toward Project
 
April 2006
Foundation for new building poured, Easter attendance of 552

October 15, 2006
Grand Opening of New Worship Center, 558 in attendance
 
November 2007
Church plant started in Flores Magon, Mexico; 24 individuals travel to Mexico to help with medical, dental, construction and evangelism
 
July 2008
Pastor Poncho hosts Vacation Bible School with over 80 kids in Flores Magon
 
December 2008
Average Worship Attendance of 466
 
January 2009
MRBC hosts its third pastors' conference in Mexico with over 25 pastors in attendance