In July of 1962, forty-seven people met in a home to discuss the beginnings of a new church in Batesville, Arkansas. The church formally organized under the old pavilion at the Independence County Fairgrounds. These were the early beginnings to what is known today as the White Drive Baptist Church.
As the congregation grew, the church moved from an early location on Main Street to the corner of West Mark Street and Davis Lane. Buildings were constructed and the church continued to grow.
In 1978, the church purchased the present property of 18 acres located at 445 White Drive. A church sanctuary was built, the Christian school and the church both grew, and many bus routes were established in reaching many for Jesus Christ.
As the church was continuing on, a great tragedy occurred. In April of 1990, the church experienced a fire which caused the total loss of the building. Temporarily, the church and school used other locations to continue the ministry, while a new building was being constructed. In January of 1991, a new building was dedicated to the Lord. The church and Christian school took occupancy and was conducting services and classes on this property once again. A new addition of a family life center was added shortly after resuming ministry on this property.
The Lord has blessed the White Drive Baptist Church and ministries throughout the years.
In October of 2007, the church called Adam Longo
to be its new pastor. Pastor Longo and his family came a few weeks later in November of 2007.
In January of 2008, the church entered the new year with a fresh vision of “Faith for the Future.” God began to bless as the church followed Him by faith in the ministry. At the beginning of the summer of 2008, the church adopted a 10-year program entitled, “The Decade of Development.” New Bible classes were formed, repairs and remodeling began, and new ministries were established.
The White Drive Baptist Church is a growing and exciting ministry. Each week hearts are being touched and lives are being changed by the love of Christ. The Bright Beginnings Early Development Center
are training the next generations in a loving and caring environment. The missions program of the church continues to grow each year as we expand our outreach around the world. Our vision, passion, and mission come together to connect people to God, grow together, and serve others.
Our prayer is for the Lord to continue to bless our faithfulness and labor in the work of the ministry as we seek to influence the lives of others with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We’ve come this far by faith and we will continue to face the future with the same great faith in Jesus Christ and His Word.
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