In March of 1998, a small group of believers began meeting in the shop/garage of Jim and Tiny Jones just outside of Emory. On April 29, 1998, the group voted to form a church called Believers’ Baptist and to call Rev. Bryan Hutchinson to be the first pastor.
On Sunday, June 14, 1998, the church held its first worship service in the Heritage Center on Highway 276 in Emory. One week later, the church was accepted as a mission of Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville and also of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
In the early summer of 1999, Believers’ Baptist purchased ten acres of land from Mary Jo Fatheree. The property on Highway 19 is the site of the current building.
On February 13, 2000, Rev. Hutchinson resigned, and on March 12, the church voted to leave the Baptist General Convention of Texas and align itself with the Southern Baptists of Texas State Convention. Rev. Calvin Beach served as interim pastor until July when the church called Rev. Jason Rolen as its first full-time pastor. In August, Believers’ became a mission of the Southern Baptists of Texas State Convention.
In November of 2002, by God’s provision to His people, the ten-year land debt was paid off. A note-burning ceremony was held on the property on Sunday, December 1, 2002. Plans for a new building were approved.
In March of 2003, the church celebrated its fifth anniversary with a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the new building. The first worship service in the new building was held on December 7, 2003.
In the spring of 2004, an additional parking lot was added, and on October 3, 2004, the church launched a capital campaign to raise funds for a new educational/fellowship building. In November, the church purchased an additional 8.631 acres from Ms. Fatheree in anticipation of future growth. In May of 2006, Faith Temple Baptist Church in Terrell gave the church a 30’ x 60’ building which is now our Fellowship Hall.
Believers’ Baptist left mission-status in June of 2005 and became a fully constituted church on February 18, 2007. On July 31, 2016, the church broke ground for a new 6,000 square foot educational building to provide more space for youth and children’s ministries. On January 15, 2017, the church called Jerod Haygood as its first full-time Minister to Students and Families. The Open House for the new building was on August 27, 2017.
Believers’ Baptist Church is an elder-led, deacon-served congregation, and we are members of both the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.