Bethlehem Baptist Church

Where God is the Main Attraction! 1188 W. Broad St. Mansfield, Tx 76063

In 1870, the Bethlehem Baptist Church was organized by Rev. Green Medlin. The services were conducted in various homes. This method of worshipping proved to be quite challenging. A Brush Arbor was constructed and the members worshipped there for a while. The Rev. Medlin remained as pastor for 22 years. In 1892, Rev. J. P. Phillips was called and he conducted services in the old school house located at what is now 1188 West Broad. There was still a need for a church facility. Arrangements were made to purchase a lot by Deacons Ben Wyatt, Link Briscoe, and Jerry Bush. Later, Mr. J. H. Wright deeded an acre of land to the church. More land was purchased from Mr. Herman Lawson. The land is located on what is now East Broad St. In 1896, a church building and a parsonage were erected. How happy the members were to have a place to worship God. There was an amen corner, a pot bellied stove, and post in the center of the building. Rev. Phillips remained with the church until 1914 (22yrs.). Rev. Upshaw came and presided for a short time. From 1915 to 1917, Rev. H. T. Wise was the pastor. In 1917, Rev. W. A. Washington came and made a brief stay. He was followed by Rev. Spocks 1918-1919, Rev. Banner 1919-1920. During the period of 1920-1924, it is not clear who led the flock. In 1925, Rev. James Weaver accepted the pastorate of the church. He remained with the congregation until 1930. Rev. Flowers came and stayed until 1931. Rev. E. L. Pulluam came in 1931 and stayed until 1932. He was instrumental in starting a choir. In 1932, Rev. C. C. Carson came and the flock increased. Under his guidance progress was made. The church joined Zion Rest District Association and later the Elm Grove District Association. Rev. Carson remained for nine (9yrs.). In 1941-1943 Rev. C. C. McNeil served as pastor, Rev. N. R. Washington stayed 6 months, Rev. I. L. Smith, 1943-1945, Rev. T. P. Thomas, 1945-1946. In 1946, Rev. L. E. Billingslea accepted the pastorate. Under his guidance the physical plant was remolded several times. He is credited for leading the initial effort of the development of homes on West Broad which was an unincorporated area called by some “Harmony Hill.” Also under his leadership there came vibrant church growth and several sons in the ministry. Rev. Billingslea served the church faithfully for 26 years until ill health beset him and he was called home in February of 1972. In May of 1972, Rev. O. V. Hall became the pastor and remained until June of 1975. Under his leadership there came three sons to the ministry. In that year, all liens against the church were cleared. In December 1975, Rev. C. D. Sammons took the helm of the Old Ship of Zion and directed a safe and progressive voyage. With his deep convictions and spiritual fervor, he aided the members in achieving the aspirations of the late Rev. L. E. Billingslea. During his pastorate the Willie Earl Brown Elementary School was purchased at 1188 W. Broad St. and is now our present worship site. Rev. Sammons served as pastor of this flock until called to pastor the Zion Baptist Church of Dallas, TX in April 1991. Under his leadership there came one son to the ministry. He also led the church through several renovation projects. In May 1991, with a unanimous vote Rev. Michael A. Evans, Sr. was called to pastor the Bethlehem Church family. He was the youngest pastor ever called to serve at the Bethlehem Church at the tender age of 24 yrs. Since his time of service as the senior pastor, the church has been incorporated, we presently offer oversight to the BBC Education Enrichment Inc., which is a non-profit organization designed to enhance area children’s ability to study and achieve educational goals. The church has spawned the creation of the “Historical West Mansfield Community Development Corporation, “a non-profit corporation dedicated to the on-going economic and community development of the West Broad Corridor. Also throughout his pastorate liens against the church have been cleared on several occasions. Pastor Evans has made it clear that as you work for the up-building of God’s kingdom it doesn’t matter who gets the credit because, GOD IS THE MAIN ATTRACTION at the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Under his leadership the church has grown both spiritually and numerically. In 2000 the people believed together and completed the construction of the Community Education Center, which served as an incubater for educational enhancement for residence of Southwest Tarrant County. In that same year the church provided space for the City of Fort Worth’s Community Resource Center; providing basic essentials for the well-being of people who have fallen victim to harsh economic times. In 2005 the church began the planning and development process for the erection of the T.M. Moody Gymnatorium, named after Deacon T. M. who served as the Chairman of Deacons under the pastoral leadership of Rev. CC. Carson, Pastor L.E. Billingslea, Rev. Hall and for a time under Rev. C.D. Sammons. Moody was known as a local trail blazer who led in the fight to desegregate the schools in Mansfield. He was a leader and one of the founders of the Fort Worth City Wide Brotherhood. The facility has served as the temporary worship venue and permanent recreation and community gathering place for church members and community members. Pastor Evans has been entrusted with a vision to advance the West Broad Community beyond its rural heritage to include residential facilities for the “Seasoned Saints” of our community with the goal of constructing a multi-care ministry for senior adults; to include independent living, assisted living and memory care facilities. The church is trusting God with the development of the “Pioneer Place” facilities and end construction planned for 2011. Further goals include the retirement of the debt on the T.M. facility by 2011 with the goal of construction the 1,200 seat worship facility in 2015. Under the present administration, our church has expanded the concept of Baptist Training Union to Discipleship Training; an educational program for our children, youth and adult members that have helped to equip people for ministry beyond the walls of the sanctuary. The program has proven to be a source of spiritual strength for our church and community. The Bethlehem Baptist Church is swiftly moving to become a church that is known for her missions and ministry endeavors geared toward meeting the calling of the great commission of our Lord. Since 2000, we have sent missionaries to West Africa, South Africa, Spain and Japan. Locally we have partnered in the construction of the “Caring Place” free clinic, we developed the Hope House Community Service Network; helping 100s of people rebuild their lives physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually though our Christian Women’s Job Corp, Health Care Ministry. We also partner with the “Extended Family Ministry” (Homeless Care). Through much humility and recognition of the guiding hand of our Lord and Savior, our future as a fellowship of baptized believers is brighter. Together we realize that the road will be tough, the battle will be hard fought, but with God, “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” As a unified church body, bound by the Father, challenged by the Holy Spirit, and encouraged by Jesus the Christ, we look forward to tomorrow with great promise. During the span of more than 140 years, the Bethlehem Baptist Church, that had it’s beginnings with only a few members continues to serve the Lord. According to the information given by various persons to the best of their knowledge, the church has been under the leadership of nineteen pastors, including the present administration. May God Bless Bethlehem and may God Bless You!

Mission: To Edify, Equip, and Encourage the Saints for the work of the Kingdom.

A Community Conversation on Race Relations

A Community Conversation

June 18th Shoutout with Pastor E

Michael Evans for Mansfield Mayor

“A Community Converstaion on Race” this Friday at 3pm CST.

Register for this FREE webinar at
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"Demonstration to Dialogue" A Community Conversation on Race Friday Juneteenth at 3p

June 18th Weekly Devotional

Wisdom's Rewards

Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr., senior pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas, teaches this week's bible study lesson, "Wisdom's Rewards." Scripture comes from Proverbs 8:8-14, 17-21 KJV.

June 16th Shoutout with Pastor E

Moving From Demonstrations to Dialogue and from Protests to Policy Change

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WEBINAR

Friday, June 19th at 3 PM CST

Registration is FREE. Register online at
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WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Father’s Day is this Sunday and we want to show all the fathers and father figures some love!

Send in your pictures to [email protected]

DEADLINE is this Friday, June 19th, at 5pm CST.

2020 Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr. Scholarship Foundation Recipients!

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients! Dr Michael A Evans, Sr Scholarship Foundation

2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 1

2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 1

2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 3

2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 3

2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 2

2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 2

[06/14/20]   Congratulations to all of our 2020 graduating class members. We are very proud of you for your achievements!

Join us tomorrow morning during service as we celebrate and honor our 2020 graduates!

Tune in on our website:
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Service times are 7:45am and 11:00am CST

DON’T FORGET OUR DRIVE-THRU GRADUATION CELEBRATION TOMORROW EVENING AT 6:30pm!

Come show our graduates how much you love them!

Decorate your cars, come see their banners displayed on campus, and get to wave to the pastor all from the safety of your vehicle!

FATHER’S DAY IS JUST AHEAD! Let’s not give them the short end of the stick this year!

Send in pictures of your dad for our Father’s Day Tribute.

DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JUNE 19th!

Email pictures to [email protected]

June 11th Shoutout With Pastor E

🚘 Drive-Thru Graduation🚘
Join us this Sunday evening at 6:30pm as we celebrate our 2020 grads🎉
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Weekly Devotional June 11th

[06/10/20]   Great job today BBC family! We had a great time serving families on this beautiful, cool day! Can’t wait to serve again next week. Thank you for your help Texas Baptist Men!

We have plenty of food! Come be served. From 10am to 1pm. 1188 W. Broad St, Mansfield, Tx 76063 #mansfieldstrong #foodpantry

June 9th Shoutout With Pastor E

The Media Ministry is looking for those who are eager to use their creative thinking and gifts in reaching the people of God through technology.

Free training will be provided for all who are interested in learning some new and exciting skills!

If interested, please contact Rev. Marcus Wilson (Director of Media) at [email protected]

Thank you all for an amazing first Sunday of June! Your communion pictures look amazing! #communionsunday #lordssupper #bbcmansfield

June 7th Bethlehem 11:00 Sunday Worship Serivce

June 7th Bethlehem 7:45 Sunday Worship Serivce

Tomorrow is communion Sunday! Join us online as we commune in your living room! Communion Service starts at 1:30pm CST via livestream.

Watch on our website:
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YouTube Live:
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RECAP: A Special Shoutout from Pastor E

Just in case you missed Pastor’s shoutout from yesterday evening.

RECAP: A Special Shoutout from Pastor E

Church family, please join us tomorrow morning at 11:30 am as we celebrate the life of one of our beloved members, Sis. Lois Conner.

Home-going service will be streamed at www.bethlehemmansfield.org/live

For the first time in Mansfield history, there were about 2,000 young adults marching for justice! Thank you Lord for your hands of protection along the route! #mansfieldstrong

Marching to city hall! #mansfieldstrong

For those who have children participating in the march or you’ll be marching alongside our youth tomorrow, it is very important to begin hydrating today and stay hydrated.

The heat index will be in the 100s. Make sure you drink plenty of water and wear a hat tomorrow. We’re still in a pandemic so mask will need to be worn as well. Let’s be safe as we continue to stand for justice.

June 4th Shoutout with Pastor E

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Videos (show all)

A Community Conversation on Race Relations
June 18th Shoutout with Pastor E
June 18th Weekly Devotional
Wisdom's Rewards
June 16th Shoutout with Pastor E
2020 Dr. Michael A. Evans, Sr. Scholarship Foundation Recipients!
2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 1
2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 3
2020 Drive Thru Graduation pt. 2
June 11th Shoutout With Pastor E
Weekly Devotional June 11th
Seeking Meaning

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1188 W Broad St
Mansfield, TX
76063-4508
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