Waxahachie Bible Church invites the community to join in as members mark the latest milestone in its history. At 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, the church will “burn its mortgage” as it celebrates being debt-free on its building.
As a part of the event, which will be held in the back parking lot, food trucks will be on-site to serve everyone at no cost.
WBC was founded in 1981 as a church plant from Midlothian Bible Church. Its first location was at 1420 W. Ross St., where it launched the Awana ministry for children. Dickie Dixon was the church first pastor for 13 months before current pastor Bruce Zimmerman began serving in 1985.
With growth, the church sold its property on Ross to purchase land in 1993. For two years, members met at Marvin Elementary School as plans were developed for the Grand Avenue location. The first phase of the building was completed in 1995, with an expansion completed in 2001 due to continued growth.
“We took out this mortgage in 2001 to build the building,” Zimmerman said. “We have been paying it down all of these years and some special gifts have come in for us to be able to be done with it. Some people have been giving to it steadily over the years, knocking (the amount) down.
“We are grateful to see that note from Citizens National Bank wiped out completely,” he said, expressing his appreciation to the local bank for working with the church over the years. “It is a great relief. This gives us opportunities to further invest in other ministers in our community. That is the way that I am looking at it right now.”
The event will include live music from the church’s worship team as well as testimonials from current and former church and staff members who helped to found WBC.
“Our worship team is going to be leading us in a time of worship and a time of celebration,” Zimmerman said. “Then, Mike Grant, who has been a part of the church ever since it started, is going to share some memories and experiences of the early church. He was one of the founding guys.”
Sam Glass, who served as WBC youth pastor in the early 1990s before taking a position at Second Baptist Houston, will also return for the ceremony.
“He is coming up to speak and to challenge us as we cross this milestone on where we are going,” Zimmerman said.
Waxahachie Bible Church is located at 621 N. Grand Ave. in Waxahachie. For more information about the event, call 972-937-9590.