OUR HISTORY

 

Westside Baptist Church is a multicultural Church that exists to glorify God by preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in both English and Spanish. We are a Church that loves God and loves the people that come through our doors. At Westside, we believe that we are a family. Our ministries are for all ages including babies, children, teens and adults.  We belong to the Baptist Network of Churches in Palm Beach and the Florida Baptist Convention. You are always welcome to come here and experience the love and peace of God.   

Westside Baptist Church was planted in 1978 in the town of Boynton Beach, Florida. It was acquired from the Boynton Baptist Temple with the support of the Florida Baptist Convention. The Church was initially called the Westside Baptist Chapel and later changed its name to Westside Baptist Church. The founding Pastor was Pastor Ben “Bro. Ben” Tidwell.

The first service started October 1, 1978, and 19 people were present that Sunday morning in the metal building we now call our Fellowship Hall. By 1980, the Church grew to 207 Charter members.

By 1985, our Childcare Development Center (CDC) was established in the Fellowship Hall with 39 children enrolled, providing outreach to our families in the community.   

In 1986, Westside Baptist Church needed both a larger sanctuary and a larger CDC facility. Westside members agreed to move forward and build a larger church as well as a new CDC building because the facilities that they had were limiting growth. In 1988, the ground breaking of the new sanctuary and the CDC building began. In 1989, the new CDC facility was completed and opened with an enrollment of 114 children.

In March 1990, Pastor Ben Tidwell, our founding Pastor was called home to the Lord during the morning service while the choir sang “How Great Thou Art.” One week later, services began in the new sanctuary.

Pastor Ben Tidwell left Westside Baptist Church a legacy that is being continued by our current leader, Pastor Manny Barahona. It is the legacy of loving God and loving our neighbors, and we will stay on that mission.

 
 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

At Westside Baptist Church, you have the opportunity to engage in sound Biblical teaching both from the pulpit and at a personal level. Westside is committed to expository teaching, which is a text by text study that gives importance to every word in the Bible for the edification and equipping of all who pass through our doors.

 

You will be received warmly by the members of our Church from the moment you arrive regardless of race, color, sex, or nationality. Our pastor and leaders are always accessible no matter the circumstances. They are there to provide counsel and assistance to your every spiritual need and to connect you with resources for other needs that you may have.

 

We are a worshipping, praying, and praising church, and we hope to see you at our services so that you can experience with us the work of salvation and deliverance that God is doing here in our community. Together, we will rejoice in the transformative power that only Christ can provide to our lives.

 

Come on in!