First Baptist Church West Tawakoni

"Our Mission"

      We will share the Good News

      of Jesus Christ to all who

      will hear and seek to make

      disciples as we develop our

      personal relationship with

      our Heavenly Father!

       Land was purchased across the highway for the present church building in 1982. We still had only four members.
    In March, 1983, our church building was started. As God provided the money, the building began. Building was
    going great until July 4, 1983, when a storm tore down the west wall and most of the rafters.The storm left three rafters in
    tact. A group of men from Ridgecrest Baptist in Greenville came and
    helped put the rafters back.

      July 22, 1984, the children had their first class in the new building, even though it was not finished. We had
    twelve children and Corinne was the teacher. The children were Jeffrey & Bobby Pierce, Christy & Kyle Foster,
    Richard Crow, Dawn David, Misty Jennings, Jeanna, Jonathan and Jackie Nichol, and Cathy & Allen York.
    On September 22, 1984, Dave, Della & Richard Crow, Charles, Jan & Charlie Peters, Gary Braziel, Brenda & Lola Tullos,
    Renee Jenkins and John & Corinne Davignon. At this time, the building was still not complete. We still had to finish
    the rest rooms, plumbing, trim on the outside and some of the electrical work.

      We were waiting for God to provide the money before the work could be done. In 1987, we needed to expand so the next
    phase of Lord's work was begun. The church added more classrooms, restrooms, office, kitchen and a baptistery. Our first
    baptism in our baptistery was on August 30, 1987. Those baptized were Jeffrey Nicholson and Randall Gentry.
   At this time, our resident membership was 46.

      When the Church was started in 1980, we promised God that if He wanted this work here, we would not borrow money,
   but would build as He provided the money. He led us in this work and provided money and His work progressed.
   Our membership had grown from 4 in 1980 to 125 resident members in 1990. As God is working through our church,
   seems that soon God would provide money for the next phase of His work.

      November 10, 1985, organization service for our church was held. There were 32 charter members. Bro. Cecil L. Cole
   of Greenville, Texas, was called as pastor. Bro. Harry Ball, Associational missionary, was moderator and brought
   the message from Matthew 16:13-16. Bro. Thomas Cook directed the singing and he sang a special, "He Touched Me".
   Juanita Taylor was the pianist. Bro Bill Reisor, Bro. Ben Smith and Bro. J. B. Harlin took part in the program.
   Bro. Bernie Payne, Bro. John Davignon and Bro. Cecil Cole from our church also took part in the service.
   The following churches were represented: First Baptist, Cash; Paradise Baptist; Faith Baptist, Quinlan;
   Faith Temple Baptist; East Tawakoni Baptist; Lone Oak Christian; Muddy Creek Baptist; First Baptist, Quinlan;
   Elmwood Baptist, Como; and First Baptist of Dallas. The congregation sang, "To God Be the Glory" and "Victory in Jesus".
   Bro. Reisor read from Acts 16:4-5. John Davignon made motion to constitute as a church. Bro. Bernie Payne brought
   church covenant. Bro. J.B. Harlin had the prayer and talked on "Heaven Will Move".
   Bro. John Davignon brought the motion that the church adopts the "Complete Bible as the Truth".
   Bro. Bernie Payne made motion for Bro. Cecil Cole to be called as pastor of West Tawakoni Baptist Church.
   Bro. Cole brought the "History of the church and Practices and Belief".

     Written by: John and Corinne Davignon