“For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5 NIV)
In the summer of 1953, the Castroville Baptist Chapel started with several Baptist families in Castroville meeting for worship in their homes. A short time later, First Baptist Church of Lytle agreed to sponsor the Castroville mission. Since there was no Baptist church in town, the group met for two years in the upstairs of the local grade school, which is now City Hall. The group called Bro. J.B. Blackwell from Woodlawn Hills Baptist Church in San Antonio to serve as the first pastor from 1953 until 1956, when he resigned due to the illness of his wife.
In 1954, the congregation decided to establish a more permanent place to worship and began building a new facility located on the West side of town where the Castroville post office currently stands. It began to hold services a few months later. Bro. T.G. Thrasher became the next pastor and served until 1958 when the State Baptist Mission Board said the church could receive financial aid if a pastor lived on the field. Pastor Thrasher resigned, and the church called Bro. Earl Proctor from Quemado as pastor. He served until 1966 when Bro. Harris D. Shinn became pastor.
The growing Baptist congregation built a larger chapel on the site and constituted as a separate Southern Baptist Church on Aug. 18, 1974, during a special service with Bro. Shinn as pastor where 74 charter members formally became First Baptist Church of Castroville and ordained its first deacons.
Still growing, the church sought a larger piece of land. The perfect location seemed to be just across Highway 90.
After acquiring the land that is its current location at Highway 90 and Alsace, the group built two structures – a Sanctuary and an Education Building – and dedicated them in 1987. As attendance grew, the congregation held two Sunday morning services by 2012 and followed God’s calling to build a larger facility to reach our community for Christ.
In November 2015, the church opened its new Worship Center. The Sanctuary seats 500 people. Classrooms for children are in the new building as well as Children’s Church, which is held for kindergarten through 5th grade during both worship services.
The Chapel now is the Youth House where our youth have Bible studies on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings and other activities throughout the week. The Chapel is still available for weddings and funerals.
The Education Center now features Adult Sunday Small Groups, a Fellowship Hall and some offices.
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