Holly Brook Baptist Church will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 27, with a potluck luncheon for members, former members, and friends following the morning worship service. Dr. David Hardage will be the speaker at the 11 a.m. service. He is the executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Holly Brook Baptist Church, located at 3219 S. FM 2869, Hawkins, began as a mission of First Baptist Church, Hawkins. Its first worship service was on February 2, 1986, with 22 people present. On land donated by Bob Doverspike, the first building was constructed and dedicated on September 21 that year. Many members of First Baptist Church, Hawkins, helped with the construction.
On August 30, 1987, Holly Brook Baptist Church was constituted as an autonomous church. Kirby McGuire served as pastor from October 1986 to March 1987. Eddie Schafer was the church’s second pastor, from 1987 to 1991. During that period, the church purchased additional land and bought trailers for educational space. Larry Taylor accepted the pastorate of the church in September 1991. In 1995, the church contracted for an education building of 5,000 square feet, to include classrooms, a kitchen, and fellowship hall. After the contractor built the basic structure, church members completed the building, which was dedicated on July 14, 1996. By November 1996, the church was debt free.
In 1998, the worship center, which seated approximately 100, was consistently at capacity for the 11 a.m. Sunday service, so an 8:30 a.m. worship service was added. That schedule continued until the new worship center was dedicated September 9, 2001. The facility, built at a cost of approximately $850,000, seats 420 in the congregation and 50 in the choir. It was financed by members through a building campaign under the United We Build program of the Southern Baptist Convention. Church members have since remodeled the former worship center into classrooms and a choir room. In 1999, the church purchased 24 acres of land behind the church property for facilities expansion.
In January 2005 the church accepted a plan to build a Family Life Center. Ground breaking day for the facility was June 6, 2005. It was dedicated October 22, 2006. A search team recently was elected to seek a new pastor after former pastor Jacob Conner accepted a call to become senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake, TX.