Westside History

The Story of Westside

In June, 1981 approximately 60 people met at Murray City Park to discuss God's will for their future.  That day marked the beginning of what would be known as Westside Baptist Church.

In the fall of 1981 the people purchased the old Baptist Student Union building on North 15th Street adjacent to Murray State University.  On October 3, 1981 Westside Baptist Church was officially chartered under the sponsorship of First Baptist Church of Murray.  The charter membership numbered 152.

From 1981 until March, 1991 the people met and worshiped at the North 15th Street site.  During that time, the membership grew to over 400 and a second Sunday morning worship service was started to accommodate the growing attendance.

On June 3, 1990 the groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new Worship Center and Educational-Fellowship Facility on a ten-acre site located on Robertson Road South.  On March 3, 1991 the first service was held in the new facility.  In 1995, additional education space and a Christian Activity Center were added and in 2006 preschool and youth wings were added.

Today Westside is a Southern Baptist congregation of over 800 members whose goal is to "help the uncommitted become committed to Christ, His church, and His cause for God's glory" -- a people who believe they have been "called to make a difference" and whose worship and ministries joyfully embrace the challenges and reflect the freshness of the 21st century.