History

History of Bethel Bible Church


May 28, 1982

Bethel Church of Tyler was organized by a group of about 30 people to provide a quality, biblical ministry in Tyler.  The church began with an organizational meeting at the home of Phil and Jenise Hurley.

May 30, 1982

The first church service occurred on the mezzanine floor in the old board room of the old People’s National Bank building in downtown Tyler.

September 5, 1982

Due to continued growth, the church services were moved to the Women’s Building on South Broadway.  The first elder board consisting of Greg Stovall, Steve Keuer, Ray Snyder, and Eric Weir was established.

January 1983

Offices were leased at the Broadway Professional Building at 615 South Broadway.

May 1983

The first baptismal service was held at Pine Cove Conference Center.

April 18, 1984

The size of the congregation increased.  To accommodate the needs of the ministry, the Old Jewish Synagogue at 1014 West Houston was purchased as a temporary facility for $160,000.

April 6, 1986

After two years of intensive search, the congregation voted unanimously to acquire a 22.9 acre tract located 5 miles south of the Loop on Highway 69 South for $235,000 to provide a permanent location.  The purchase was closed on July 15, 1986.

April 26, 1987

The first regular monthly evening service was held.

April 1989

Having maximized the facilities on Houston Street, a three-year lease was signed for the old Rose Heights Church of God facilities at 2715 South Southeast Loop 323.  The first church service took place on April 16, 1989.

May 1990

A new building committee was formed, chaired by Mark Mahaffey, to devise building plans for the property on Highway 69.

February 1991

The land note on the 22.9 acres on Highway 69 was fully paid.

October 1996

Moved into main auditorium of new building on Highway 69 South.

Summer 1997

Youth building and offices completed.

October 21, 2001

First Sunday in new Education Building.

May 2002

Bethel LIFE groups began.

October 2007

Begin remodel of auditorium and foyer area of main building; new sound system and enhanced lighting.

December 2007

Completed remodel project in main building.

June 2010

Construction begins on finishing out of 3rd floor of Education building.

November 2010

Third floor of the Education Building is completed. The new space is named, “The Attic”.

September 2011

Bethel becomes one church with two locations with the merger of Arbor Bible Fellowship on September 11, 2011.

August 2014

Whitehouse campus launches. Bethel now one church meeting in three locations.

September 2014

Downtown campus moves into newly renovated 202 S Broadway.

October 2014

The Foundry Coffeehouse opens on the first floor of the downtown campus as a community building and arts outreach ministry.

May 2015

Bethel donates funds for GEM to buy land in Sierra Leone for new church and school.