Apollo Heights Baptist Church

Subtitle

A Southern Baptist Church

 History of Apollo Heights Baptist Church

                     

     In December 1976, members of Grandview Baptist Church, located at Idalia and Copia,  observed their fiftieth anniversary.  Having established four English speaking and one Spanish speaking Church in El Paso, along with one Mission in Juarez, they saw a rapid growth in Northeast El Paso and the Spiritual needs there.  North of Sun Valley Drive, only two churches were in existence, a Lutheran and a Nazarene.  McCombs Baptist was located approximately two miles east of the proposed site chosen at Kenworthy and Salem.

     On December 8, 1976 a covenant, under the Lord?s leadership, was drawn up to develop a Satellite to be known as Apollo Heights Satellite.  The Covenant was drawn up according to the policies of BGCT and signed by William Perdue representing Grandview Baptist Church, Taylor Norman Vice-Moderator of El Paso Baptist Association and Charles Lee Williamson Chairman of BGCT State Missions Commission, Administrative Missions Committee.

     The first meeting for people in the Satellite, met at 2:00 P.M. March 6, 1977 at H. E. Charles School Community Room.  The first Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School were held Sunday, March 20, 1977.  In April 1977, eighty people were listed on the Sunday School Roll.  Each Sunday, Bill Perdue would preach at the Satellite and then return to Grandview to conduct the regular services there.  Cecil Douglas of Grandview led the music and his wife, Linda, played the piano.

      Bob Nichols was called as the first permanent Pastor on May 7, 1978.  All things required in purchasing property and securing the Title of land at 10450 Kenworthy had been completed, and work was in progress,  and a Ground Breaking Service was held on May 27, 1979, to build a church at the present location, and, on December 8, 1979 the first Service was held.  For three years, all Services were held in the H. E. Charles School Building.    The dedication Service for Apollo Heights was held January 27, 1980 with Dr. Lewis Lee as the Speaker.  Ladies Bible Study was first organized in October 1978, and met in individual homes and taught by the Pastor?s wife, Laura Nichols.  On October 28, 1979, Walt McGee was elected as a Deacon.

      In June 1980, Phil Fike was called as Assistant Pastor.  On January 4, 1981, a Constitution Service was conducted by Bob Nichols and Lewis Lee.    

      February 3, 2002, our current Pastor, Bobby Braswell was elected and he and his wife, Karen, joined our family on March 10, 2002.

     In March 2003, the church started planning for an addition to the church and contracted F. T. James Construction Inc. to draw up plans.  Construction began in December 2003 and the new building was dedicated on Sunday May 16, 2004.

     In October 2004, the History Committee updated the history of the church and  a CD was created, along with many photo albums to be added to the history library.

     Apollo Heights held their 25th anniversary in March 2006, Steve Ditmore was the guest speaker. 

     The 30th Anniversary celebration took place in March 2011; Rev. Bobby Braswell was the speaker. In October 2011, the church voted to start a pew fund to replace the current second hand pews that were bought from Coronado Baptist Church over twenty years ago.

          In February 2013, the church voted to replace the carpet in the sanctuary and made a down payment for the new pews which are set to arrive in June 2013.