Our History

Crestview Baptist Church held its first worship service on Sunday, June 13, 1993. One hundred and fifty people attended this service. This group stemmed from the Prodigal Sons Sunday School class. This service resulted after twenty-five to thirty people met on June 6, 1993 to seek the will of God concerning establishing a new church. The service was held in a movie sound stage at Earl Owensby Studios on Old Boiling Springs Road. Mr. Owensby donated the use of his facilities previously used for film productions.

With the help of many people, the vacant sound stage was redecorated, a pulpit was donated, along with chairs for worship. Also, children’s furniture, books, toys and supplies were also donated for church use. Area ministers volunteered to preach during the Summer with a variety of wonderful messages. We were especially indebted to Dr. Paul Sorrells who became our unofficial shepherd during this time. We leaned heavily on him for his wisdom and guidance in starting this new work.

With the help of many people, the vacant sound stage was redecorated, a pulpit was donated, along with chairs for worship. Also, children’s furniture, books, toys and supplies were also donated for church use. Area ministers volunteered to preach during the Summer with a variety of wonderful messages. We were especially indebted to Dr. Paul Sorrells who became our unofficial shepherd during this time. We leaned heavily on him for his wisdom and guidance in starting this new work.

We grew! It wasn’t long before Tom Wright was supervising a crew of volunteers in building new Sunday School rooms. Without air conditioning, funeral home fans came in handy. After air was vented into the worship hall, it became a bit more comfortable. Nevertheless, we survived the heat.

In July, we had our first baptism at Beaver Dam Baptist Church with six candidates. We had nine additional baptism services, but these were in a welded baptistery built by the men of the church.

In November 1993, our first “Crestview Baby” was born. The church voted to buy a new electronic piano that is still used today. In January 1994 three men were elected as deacons and they served in that position well.

The members established a building fund with the goal of starting a building as soon as the fund reached $150,000. Through special projects, offerings from members and caring friends and a donation from Troy Day, Debra and Earl Owensby of eleven acres of land on the corner of Highway 150 and Old Boiling Springs Road the church building was begun in August of 1996.

June 8, 1997, a Wednesday, the church held the first service in the new building. Many of the members gave sacrificially and worked on the actual construction. Everyone encouraged each other during the building process.

The church has had five pastors in our short history. Rev. David Jones, Rev. Rob Helton, Rev. Stan Webb, Rev. Ray Farrow and Rev. Artie Hubbard. The church has also had five interim pastors, Rev. Joe Edwards, Rev. George Tuthill, Rev. Don Berry, Rev. David Webb and Rev. Artie Hubbard.

God continues to bless Crestview. In late 2004, we opened a new addition to our building, adding six new Sunday School class rooms and a larger fellowship and kitchen area. In the fall of 2014 we completed the renovation project on our metal garage/storage buildings, converting them into one building with four new classrooms, one large meeting room, the Student Ministry office, as well as restrooms and storage space. "The Building" now houses all Teen Sunday School Classes, Kids Church and Wednesday Night Teen Worship. We now have three staff positions and continue to reach people in the community through various ministries.

We ask you to continue to pray that God will always be the center of our focus and that we will continue to be a light in our community.