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Our History

During 1972 it became a dream of the Dallas Baptist Association and the Baptist General Convention of Texas to begin a new church at 2121 Apollo Road in Garland. Calvary Baptist Church agreed to sponsor the mission at this site and named it Woodhaven Baptist Church. By the next year, the dream of reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the north Garland area became a reality in the hearts of the five founding members: Glen and Norma Betty, Bill and Evelyn Beaird and Beth Vanderford. Within a year, the Lord honored the sacrifice and commitment of these founding members. What follows is a testimony to their faithfulness and a timeline of our church’s history from start to present.

1972


Dallas Baptist Association and Baptist General Convention of Texas collaborate to purchase a four-bedroom house on a six-acre lot at 2121 Apollo Road in Garland as a potential mission site. [Photo]
1973 Calvary Baptist Church agrees to sponsor a mission at the Apollo Road site; Glen Betty heads a group of twenty from Calvary who founded Woodhaven Baptist Church there. Founding members include Glen and Norma Betty, Bill and Evelyn Beaird, and Beth Vanderford.

Woodhaven conducts its first Vacation Bible School in August with 41 children enrolled.

Raymond Collier, at age 70, leads Woodhaven’s first formal worship service on Sept. 9, 1973 as our interim pastor.
 

1974 Wayne Wood becomes Woodhaven’s first full-time pastor. Photo
 
1976 Woodhaven builds its first building, an 8,000 square foot structure seating 250 for worship. [Photo of Building]  [Photo of Woodhaven Sign]
1979 The Lord’s continued blessings allow the church to complete a two-story education building providing an additional 6,000 square feet of Sunday School space.
 
1984 Walter Draughon, III, becomes Woodhaven’s second full-time pastor.
 
1988 Woodhaven changes her name to Arapaho Road Baptist Church in preparation for relocation to a ten-acre site at 2256 Arapaho Road; sells existing church buildings and land to Korean Mission Baptist Church.
 
1989 Arapaho Road grows spiritually and numerically while holding services at Spring Creek Elementary School; Sunday School classes meet in homes, offices, and restaurants.
 
1990 Arapaho Road moves to a new building with a 700-seat worship center and over 10,000 square feet of Sunday School space.  [Photo]
 
1992 Benny Bond becomes Arapaho Road's next full-time pastor.
 
1994 Arapaho Road sells mission house and remaining property at original Apollo Road site and begins Sunday schedule with dual worship services and Sunday School sessions.
 
1996 A 6,000 square foot educational building is added.
 
1997 Bill Ashburn is called as Arapaho Road's full-time pastor.
 
1999 Annual mission trips to the Dominican Republic began helping a church Santo Domingo, build a building and minister to the people of the Invivienda community.
 
2000 A 29,800 square foot family life center is added.

 

 

 
 

2005 A children's building is added.  We began 3 worship services and 2 Life Group hours.
 
2005 Our mission to help construct the church in Invivienda was completed.
 
2007 Annual mission trips to Barahona, Dominican Republic began to help a new church pastored by Franklin Rodriguez.
 
2011 On Sunday, January 30, 2011, Dr. David Rogers was voted in with a unanimous “YES” to serve as the next Lead Pastor of Arapaho Road Baptist Church! His first Sunday in the pulpit was Sunday, February 27, 2011.
2013 Arapaho Road begins new strategic mission partnerships with Hickman Elementary in Garland, international students at University of Texas at Dallas, Predisan in Honduras, a Vietnamese church and International Leadership of Texas academy who are currently using our facilities, and created Local Mercy Ministries that partners with Cornerstone Baptist Church, Good Samaritans in Garland, and other organizations to meet the needs of our local community.
 

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