Temple Baptist History

The slideshow on this page gives you a glimpse into the entire history of Temple Baptist Church. Temple opened its doors in the spring of 1979. By God’s grace we have strived to keep true to the principles we were founded upon. Exalting the LORD, encouraging HIS people, reaching the lost, and defending the faith.

Many of those you will see in the pictures still call Temple their home. We have many members who were there that cold March morning when Temple had its first service. Sadly, as you go through the slide show you will see individuals that the LORD has seen fit to call home to HIMSELF. These folks served, sacrificed and prayed Temple Baptist into the church it is today. We look forward to seeing them again.

As you go through Temple’s history… ask yourself, what future part would the LORD have you play at Temple Baptist Church? We look forward to meeting and serving with you.

Temple Baptist Church was founded on 3/11/1979. Pictured is Odd Fellows Hall in Richland which housed the church from 1979-1980.

1979 - Sunday School

1979 - Sunday school in a bus

1980 - Sunday School in a Van

1980 - First deacons Bob Lattin and Gary Howden

1980 - Baptism of Harvey Rodgers

1980 - 1 year anniversary - Entire church photo

1979 - Purchased 5 acres of vacant land on Keene Road.

1979 - Purchased 5 acres of vacant land on Keene Road.

May 18, 1980 - Ground breaking for the new church building.

May 18, 1980 - Mount St. Helen's Ash Coming to Richland

Spring 1980 - Excavation for Phase I.

Summer 1980 - Foundation work on Phase I.

Fall 1980 - Phase 1 building arrives.

Fall 1980 - Building erection on Phase 1.

Fall 1980 - Inside building Phase 1.

Fall 1980 - Outside building Phase I.

Dec. 21, 1980 - First morning service.

1981 - Phase 1 Auditorium.

1981 - Pastor Gilchrist

1981 - Baptistry construction with Wally Brown and future Pastor Randy Barnes.

1981 - Gary Howden and Wally Brown.

1981 - First annual picnic on the grounds.

1986 - Phase 1 mortgage paid.

1986 - Mortgage burning for phase 1.

1990 - Growing too large for Phase 1 facilities.

1991 - 1st Street Sign Installed

January 1992 - Phase II Construction of the New Sanctuary and Administration Wing

May 1992 - Phase 2 Building Erection Begins

April 1992 - Phase 2 Building Rises

1992 - Inside Construction, Pastor Gilchrist

1992 - Inside Construction Lloyd Gardner

1992 - Our Church Electricians; Scott Baker & Bert Winschell

1991 - Phase I Building and Phase II Construction

1993 - Phase II Building Complete

October 1993 - 1st Service in New Phase II

October 1993 - 1st Service in Sanctuary

1994 - Old Phase 1 Auditorium; Now used as a Multi-Purpose Room

Summer 2007 - Growth Continues; Phase III Construction Starts On New Education Wing & Gym.

July 2007 - Phase III Slab Placed

Fall 2007 - Phase III Construction

Winter 2007 - Phase III Inside New Gym

October 2008 - Phase III Building Complete

October 2008 - 1st All Church Activity In New Gym

2009 - Gym Upper Floor Youth Game Room

2016 - Temple Today