A Brief History of
On June 15, 1977, a group from the Possum Kingdom Lake Resort Ministry under the leadership of Ken Dalton and Glen Wood began a Bible study ministry among the residents of the west side of PK Lake. The group initially met in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brinkley, but soon moved into a garage at
Shortly after the dedication of the first building, Roland Burch was called to be the second pastor of Westlake Chapel. Roland and Shirley had a tremendous impact on the west side during their ten years of leading the mission. By early 1985, it was clear that additional room was needed as the church had continued to grow. First Baptist agreed to underwrite the expansion and the new addition was dedicated on
Under Tim's able leadership, the church continued to grow and on
In April 2003 Fred Teague was called to be the fifth pastor of Westlake Chapel. Fred continued to work to develop the ideas that Roy Canada had initiated. It was also during Fred's pastorate that the church began to plan for a further expansion of the facilities. Tragically, however, Fred died in November 2004. The loss of Rev. Teague was a deeply sad and difficult experience for the membership of the church. Thankfully, Roy Canada once again stepped in and led the church as interim through the process of mourning and recovery. On
During this period without a pastor, Dr. Al Woodard came as interim, then after him, Brother Don Richards became interim. On March 1, 2009 Westlake Chapel called Brother Gary Riley to be the seventh pastor.
From those early days of a few people meeting for Bible study in a private home to the present with 40-50 meeting for Bible study and worship in a church building, God has been faithful to the vision He planted in the hearts of people like Ken Dalton and Edgar Jones. We are truly thankful that God continues to call gifted men and women who are committed to see that vision expand. We constantly pray for God's wisdom as we move into the future, desiring to be a clear and bright beacon of God's light to the residents and visitors of the west side of Possum Kingdom Lake.