upon biblical principles and a prompting by the Holy Spirit, Bethany
First Baptist Church was organized by its current pastor, the Reverend
Doctor Ronald Benson on January 6, 1980. While just a dream at the
time, God blessed the church to grow in spirit and truth as well
as in numbers, beginning with just 10 members, and reaching over
200 persons. In the ensuing years, Bethany has reached thousands
of persons through its preaching, teaching, and counseling ministries,
which have been presented on radio and television. While many of
the founding members have transferred to other areas of the country
via the military, Bethany's ministry has remained a viable source
of strength and direction, and continues touching the lives of people
of all races.
1983, Bethany left Ella Austin Community Center and began meeting
in the Dellcrest Plaza Shopping Mall, 1800 S. W. W. White Road.
It was not long after that move, in September of the same year,
that Bethany located its present edifice and began renting it by
faith. The church building was originally located at 4600 Highway
90 East, on the access road. It was during this time period that
Bethany experienced its first miracle. On December 27, 1983 the
church building was donated free and clear to the congregation by
its then owners, the Bethany Joint Venture, made up principally
of Mr. Richard Wade and Mr. Jerry Haddocks. As a stipulation to
the gift, the church had to be moved. Through the help of the Lord
and His speaking to Mother Claudell Benson, successful negotiations
were achieved with Mr. Quincy Lee and Mr. Ray Ellison for the purchase
of our present location at 202 Noblewood Drive. On April 26, 1986
Bethany moved the building down the access road of Hwy 90 to its
present location. In May 1992, Bethany again experienced God's miracle
when it was given the Hazel Miller Building at 229 St. Johns Street
by Mr. Johnny and Mrs. Alberta Miller in memory of Mrs. Hazel Miller,
who was a pioneer in home day care services. Both the church and
the day care building each have over 6,000 square feet.
our brief history, we have been blessed to reach hundreds of listeners
in South Texas over radio stations KAPE, KSLR, KSJL, and KCHL. The
church continues to work with the community on issues that affect
the lives of its members, and welcomes you to join in these soul
winning, teaching and outreach ministries. Your participation and
that of your family, children, grandchildren, and other relatives
are an important and integral part of the focus of Bethany First
Baptist Church. You are expected to take an active part in the life
of your church. We don not believe in so-called "bench members".
you join Bethany, expect to go to work for the Lord.
heart is the happiest when it beats for others.
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