MBC History

Born From Revival
In 1936, a group of Pasadena Baptists began meeting together in the Pasadena High School auditorium for church services. They decided to conduct a two-week revival and invited Rev. L. S. Chambers from Kentucky to be the guest speaker. He accepted the invitation and the revival began on July 19, 1936.

On Sunday afternoon, July 26, a meeting was called to discuss organizing a new Baptist church in Pasadena. There were 51 present who helped form the church, with 69 others joining during the last week of the revival, making a total of 120 Charter Members. It was decided to call the church, “The Pasadena Missionary Baptist Church.” Rev. Chambers was called to be the first Pastor by a unanimous vote.

At a special meeting on August 3, the name was changed to “Memorial Baptist Church.” This was done as a memorial to Christ; to honor the memory of Mrs. T. A. Moore, who was a faithful Christian worker; and in memory of the Texas Centennial, the 100th birthday of Texas.

For the first nine months, Memorial met at  Pasadena High School. In May of 1937, the first building was completed at 323 S. Main St. at a cost of $6,000. It was the first brick church building in Pasadena, Texas.
A Time of Growth
In 1942, Bro. H. D. Hale was called as Pastor, beginning a time of much growth and prosperity at Memorial.

By May of 1945, the first church building note was paid off, and in 1948, educational space was added at the rear of the original church building.

As a strong evangelistic, mission-minded church, Memorial reached out to Pasadena. The Mexican Mission on Red Bluff Road was adopted as a mission of Memorial in 1940. In 1953, Memorial Chapel was built by Memorial in the Deepwater area. It later became Thomas Avenue Baptist Church. Many other opportunities were taken to minister to people in the surrounding areas through the years. 

Memorial caught a new vision for its future in June of 1978, voting to begin the process of relocating the church to a new area of Pasadena. Dual services were begun in September 1978 at the South Main site and at Miller Intermediate School on Fairmont. Each week, crews would set up and take down chairs and equipment for Sunday School and Church services at Miller. The dual services continued for four years until services were combined at Miller on October 3, 1982.

In January 1981, under the leadership of Dr. Fred Bender, Memorial voted to trade the entire S. Main Street property for fifteen acres of land on Fairmont owned by First Baptist Church. The Spanish and Korean missions of FBC relocated to the South Main St. facilities. Groundbreaking services at the Fairmont location were held on March 28, 1982. On July 22, 1984, all Memorial services were conducted for the first time at the new facilities on Fairmont.

By 1990, growing pains brought the addition of a new educational wing, Fellowship Hall and additional parking. As the church continued to grow, a Multi-Purpose Building for worship and education was planned. The new building was occupied on November 4, 2001.

Continuing in Service

As we moved into the Twenty-First Century, Memorial  reached out to people in the community by offering Christian concerts; establishing Gone But Not Forgotten, a group for people  who have lost a child to death; providing a place for older adults to socialize through the Triple L group, and participating in softball, basketball and volleyball leagues where there were opportunities to connect with others in the community. The church organized House of Hope in order to help people who were in need of food and clothing. Both adults and youth participated in Mission Trips to Peru and Chile, as well as trips to North Carolina and Montana.

The Awana program was begun during this time, and it has continued to grow each year.  In 2014 the Chapel and room 101 (the original fellowship hall) were renovated for Youth Worship and fellowship. A new prayer room was opened where members can pray individually or with others.

Memorial continues its mission to KNOW, to FOLLOW, and to PROCLAIM Jesus Christ.  In 2013, eight ministry teams were formed in order to continue ministry in the community .  The teams are the

·       Mission/Evangelism Ministry Team which provides opportunities to serve the Bridge, Project Joy and Hope, Operation Christmas Child

·       Worship Ministry Team which prepares the Worship center to provide a meaningful and reverent place for worship

·       Discipleship Ministry Team which provides opportunities for meaningful worship including small groups such as Ironworks, Ladies Bible Study, and Life Groups, Deacon Family Ministry Plan

·       Prayer Ministry Team which provides a prayer room for individual prayer times, coordinates churchwide prayer events such as the parking lot prayer event and the Fourth of July parking lot event

·       Fellowship Ministry Team which coordinates opportunities for building church-wide relationships

·       Women’s Ministry Team which provides opportunities for women to be involved in projects such as partnering with the Pittmans who are missionaries in Cambodia, Sewing and Prayer Blanket ministries

·       Student Ministry Team which connects adults and students through the Resonate ministry, Freedom Weekend

·       Children’s Ministry Team which works through the Awana program, Fall Festival, Easter Egg Hunt to bring children and their families an opportunity to connect with a church

Many young men and women who were nurtured in the church have continued to serve the Lord in ministerial positions, in missions work, and in lay positions

A former pastor said at the time of the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration “Memorial Baptist Church = opportunity unlimited.  The question remains, are we adequate to seize the opportunity that is ours?  We cannot rest upon the past, we must build for the future.” 

This is very much a challenge to be issued as Memorial moves forward toward its Ninetieth Anniversary and beyond.