Church History

 


Greater Mount Hebron Baptist Church was started as a Mission in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lelton Brown on March 1, 1963.  Meetings were held weekly thru March and two weeks in April.  On the 1st meeting in April a business meeting was called by Rev. Crayton.  Being led by the Lord, to organize a church, he discussed it fully with everyone that was in the meeting.  His testimony was the assurance of God, that “Lo, I am with you”.  The Lord blessed Rev. Crayton to go out on His words and seek a place for worship and he found a house at 2426 Givendale Street.  Another meeting was held, it was decided we would purchase the house and organize the Church.  After talking to several ministers, it was decided that Rev. C. R. Jackson and the late Rev. E. Crayton would be in the organizing plans.  On April 20, 1962, Mt. Hebron was organized, the late Rev. C. R. Jackson, Pastor.

Rev. Jackson and the late Rev. E. Crayton, Pastor of the Hebron Baptist Church, Longview, Texas, conducted the organizing services, all the member’s names to be read aloud by Sis. V. Brown who was acting as secretary.  The names are as follows: Bro. L. Brown, Bro. M. Carter, Bro. C. Crayton, Bro. H. C. Brown, Sis V. Brown, Sis. E. Crayton, Sis. M. Brown, Sis. J. Crayton, Sis. V. Crayton-Goosby, Sis. J. Carter, Sis E. Crayton, Sis E. Crayton, and Sis. R. Nealy.  Then, Rev. Jackson made remarks concerning a church without a name was not in-order, the name of the church was given by acting secretary, as Mt. Hebron Baptist Church.  It was stated that now Mt. Hebron would call Rev. H. L. Crayton as Pastor.  It was seconded by the members of  Mt. Hebron’s  newly organized church. Officers elected in that meeting included:  Sis V. Brown as Secretary, Bro. L. Brown and Bro. C. Crayton on trial as Deacons, Bro. M. C. Carter as Supt.of  Sunday School, and Sis. J. Carter as President of Mission.  On April 27, 1963, the first meeting was held at 2426 Givendale Street.  The church remained there for 11 months.  Many were added to the church roll.

Pastor Crayton continued to look for a church building for his flock.  He found one with the help of God at 2335 56th street, by letting God be his guide.  Greater Mount Hebron moved into the new building in February of 1964 with sixteen members.  It was also at this time the church name was changed to Greater Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church and, that is how it is chartered in Austin, Texas.

God saw fit to let the membership grow and also to enable the membership to do needed repairs: such as enlarge the choir stand, repair the bathroom, purchase church pews, and add central heat and air.  In 1979, the church was remolded and bricked on the exterior.  In 1982, and addition was added to the church, all bonds were cleared up, purchased more pews, enlarged the choir stand, extended the pulpit platform, etc.

God blessed Greater Mount Hebron and in 1997, a new church Sanctuary was added and the classrooms and a larger fellowship hall were added.  In 2001, Pastor Crayton decided to retire due to health problems and the torch was passed on to Rev. Fred Conwright who is leading Greater Mount Hebron further into the 21st century.

May God continue to bless the Greater Mount Hebron spiritually and financially as we continue to look too God.  We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us.  We can look back through the years and thank god.  It is nothing that we have done.  God blessed us to have several Choirs, Male Chorus, Usher Boards, Women’s Ministry and Men’s Ministry, Youth Department, and a good Teaching Staff of the Sunday School Department.  “What a Mighty God we serve!”   God Can Do Anything.

 

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