Our Church History
It was September 1964 when Northwest Baptist Church was born. The start and the trip have seen much travail; but through it all, the Lord has planted a church here that has resulted in many people coming to Christ. Many people both in Houston and worldwide have come to know Christ as a direct result of this church. Though her commitment to world-wide missionary work many others continue to be saved.
Northwest Baptist Church has its roots in Berean Baptist Church of Houston. During a great time of storm at Berean Johnny Morgan came to Houston from Dallas and Northwest was born. Bro. Morgan was pastor here until 1978 when the church called Bro. Leland Lanier as pastor. It was during Bro. Morgan’s pastorate that Memorial Baptist Church of Conroe was born. While Bro. Morgan was here two young men served on the staff: Larry Newcomer and Gary Paxton.
Bro. Lanier was pastor of Northwest from 1978 through May of 2009. Pancreas cancer cut short the ministry of this dearly beloved man of God. Men who served on the Northwest staff during Bro. Lanier’s pastorate included Ron Lee and Thomas McGarity. Bro. McGarity is now pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Kountze, Texas. In December of 2009 Bro. Tim Dulany became pastor at Northwest Baptist. He served as pastor here through June 2016 when he transitioned to missionary to Panama.
In April of 2012 the church asked Bro. Lester Hutson to come on board as Associate Pastor. He continued his ministry with the Christian Law Association, published a number of apologetics-oriented books and conducted numerous seminars and other speaking engagements until July 1, 2016 when he assumed the role of senior pastor. In his teen years Bro. Hutson served as pastor of three small churches in the Lufkin, Texas area. In 1964 he began a 12 year ministry as pastor of the Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. In 1976 he moved to Houston where he became the pastor of Berean Baptist Church for 33 years. He resigned from Berean in order to pursue a ministry of evangelism and the authorship of books and other Christian materials.
God has given Northwest Baptist renewed life and strength. The church experienced a number of very trying years, but the Lord brought new people. The church has completed a remodeling program and campus upgrade. The lovely facilities just northeast of the Ella/34th Street intersection are in an excellent state of repair and the church is debt-free. Northwest Baptist Church currently averages just over 100 in regular Sunday morning attendance. The entire auditorium has been refurbished with new carpet, pews, ceiling tiles and painting. Both the men’s and ladies’ restrooms have been completely reworked. We’ve also installed a completely new sound system complete with a sound booth at the southwest corner of the auditorium. An overhead projection system is in place along with a security system for the auditorium and other buildings. The baptistery and dressing rooms have also been reworked. With the missionary cabinets along the walls of the main auditorium it is easy to see the heart of the church for missionary work.
The educational building has also been addressed. New floor tiles have been installed throughout the ground floor. The nurseries have been remodeled, the fellowship hall is all new and the kitchen has been upgraded. (We are planning to build a new fellowship hall in the near future.) The second floor has also seen a major overhaul. Rooms have been cleaned, walls have been painted and decorated, there is new seating and petitioning has contributed to better use of the educational facility.
The property landscaping speaks for itself. New and attractive fencing has been added. New roofs have been installed and other improvements continue.
We are keenly aware that the church is not the property and buildings. Our primary business is to bring people to Christ and ground them in the great truths of the Bible. That’s our main focus. Every Saturday (and on other days) we canvass our neighborhoods. We’re about meeting our neighbors, offering them Christ and inviting them to church. So far, we’ve reached out at least two miles in every direction. We are seriously working to reach younger people.
Northwest Baptist Church is not as into the past as it is into the future. We want to be here doing the job until Jesus returns. Northwest is a sound Bible teaching and practicing church. It is our heart to be a true lighthouse in Houston, Texas to the glory of our great God.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.