Watson Lane Baptist Church

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Church History

Watson Lane Baptist Church was started by Immanuel Baptist Temple as a Sunday School located in the roller skating rink on Watson Lane August 5, 1956.  It was later called The North Mission and moved to a rented house across the street in December, 1957.


The congregation moved into a new building February 14, 1960 that held a sanctuary and several Sunday School rooms.  The building was dedicated with the new name Watson Lane Baptist Church.  At that time Earl Lloyd Taylor was pastor; James Logan, Sunday School Superintendent; I.J. Smith, Training Union Director; Mrs. James Watson, WMU President; Mrs. Mildred Smith, Pianist; Kenneth (Rusty) Pendergraft, Boys' Leader; and Bernard Phillips, Brotherhood President.


On May 4, 1963, the Mission was constituted into a church called Watson Lane Baptist Church.  With the purchase of an additional 4.5 acres, a new sanctuary was built along with educational space. On December 18, 1967 the first service was held in the new sanctuary.

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