Waxahachie Bible Church was launched in 1981 as a church plant from Midlothian Bible Church. A group of people were interested in seeing a ministry based in Waxahachie that would effectively teach God’s Word from a non-denominational approach. The original motto of the church reflected this need and focus which was “Teaching the Word!” Soon after the church formed they purchased their first property at 1420 W. Ross and launched the AWANA ministry for children. Dickie Dixon was the first fulltime pastor and served in that role for thirteen months.
Pastor Bruce Zimmerman came to WBC as the fulltime pastor in June of 1985 and continues to serve as the pastor to this day. As Pastor Bruce began here the motto of the church was changed to “Committed to Christlikeness” to highlight the discipleship focus of the church. WBC was still committed to teaching the Word, but the church was not just an information disseminator. Through the teaching of the Word and the various ministries of the church the desire was to see each person of WBC growing in their maturity and lives being transformed by God’s supernatural power.
WBC was growing not only in spiritual maturity but numerically as well. In 1993 a plot of ground was purchased and the building on Ross Avenue was sold. For two years the congregation met in Marvin Elementary school while the plans were being developed for the new site of WBC at 621 N. Grand Avenue. A 14,000 square foot building was completed in the fall of 1995 as the congregation continued to grow and reach out to the community in dynamic ways. New staff positions were created to meet the growing demands of the congregation. WBC continued to have space problems that needed to be addressed so an addition of 28,000 sq feet was completed in the fall of 2001 that continues to facilitate the ministries of WBC to this day. New ministerial staff positions were also added to meet the needs of the congregation.
The motto of the church was then developed into a purpose statement tied in with the letters WBC “Welcome people into a relationship with Christ, Build them in their faith to Change their world for the glory of God.” Welcome – Build -- Change became an easy way to capture the ministry and purpose for which the congregation existed. WBC was not just to develop disciples, but disciples who were effectively reaching out to the community and becoming agents of transformation through the gospel.
In 2009 the current mission statement of WBC was crafted by the elders, staff, and deacons and presented to the congregation which signified another important step in the congregation’s development. It is our hope that our current mission more fully and practically communicates our commitment to the Bible, discipleship, evangelism, and ultimately the worship of God, as we seek to…
- Worship God
- Become Mature Disciples
- Carry Christ’s Love to the World