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First Baptist Church
celebrates 140 years!
embers and friends of the First
Baptist Church of White Settlement will
be celebrating their 140th anniversary this
coming Sunday. A brunch will be served
starting at 9 a.m. with the worship service
following at 10:30 a.m. Speakers will
include Dr. Paul Miller, Dr. Jim Gatliff, and
Dr. Al Fasol.
The church was organized in February
1868 under the name New Prospect Baptist
Church. Six charter members met in a
one-room log cabin called Grant’s School
House. J.C. Powers was the first pastor of
In 1905 the church moved to its present
location and then in 1908 changed its name
to White Settlement Baptist Church.
In the summer of 1943 the church
was recognized by the Southern Baptist
Convention as having the largest attendance
for vacation bible school, and in May of
1946, the church was struck by lightning
and burned to the ground. Members met
in temporary buildings and at the White
Settlement ISD Central Elementary School
until 1953 when the current building was
In 1954 the church changed its name
again to First Baptist Church of White
Settlement. Just a few years later, in 1958,
Dr. Paul E. Miller began his ministry with
the church, which lasted 38 years. The only
staff member at the church for a longer
term was that of Edwin Marbut, who served
as the business manager for 47 years. He
retired in the 1990’s.
Currently, Dr. David Hixon is pastor to
approximately 500 resident members.
Along with other activities this Sunday,
attendees will have the opportunity to view
models of the earlier buildings constructed
by Carrell Pipkin and Chester Tucker.
The church will recognize Connie Flories
and Ora Lee Johnson as its oldest living
members at age 93. The longest active
member of the church is Frances Blanton
who has been attending since 1943.
Below: The current church building under construction.
Right: The ﬁrst church building. Lightning struck the building in 1946
and it burned to the ground.
Top Right: First Baptist Church of White Settlement as we know it today.
Middle Right: The ﬁrst church building.
Far Right: Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Powers. Powers was the very ﬁrst pastor in
1868 when the church was called New Prospect Baptist Church.
2007 City of WS Parks and Recreation T.A.A.F. Athlete of the Year Award
Veterans Park would like to
recognize Amy Kincaid for being
selected as the 2007 Regional
Female Athlete of the Year and
Jon Carlile as the 2007 Regional
Male Athlete of the Year for their
participation in White Settlement
Parks and Recreation softball
Amy is a member of “Bubba’s
Bunch” Co-ed softball team,
which has won numerous league
championships at Veterans Park
during the 2007 season. Amy
definitely stands out as one of the
few females to have hit several
300’ plus over the fence home
runs in a season. In addition to
her hitting power, she has hit for
a high batting average, produced
great defensive plays, and always
demonstrated great sportsmanship
on and off of the field.
Jon Carlile is a member of the
“Sagnasty” men’s softball team,
and he also participates with
numerous other men’s teams. The
“Sagnasty” team is a dominant
USSSA league and
on the west side of
the Metroplex area.
Jon is best described
as one of the most
complete players on
the field, competitive
and aggressive on
offense and defense,
while at the same time
sportsmanship on and
off of the field. Jon
also works well from behind the
plate, working as an umpire over
several seasons at Veterans Park.
The “T.A.A.F. Athlete of the
Year Award” program is sponsored
by the Texas Amateur Athletic
Foundation (T.A.A.F), which
is a non-profit state agency
supported by over 150 Texas
Municipal Parks and Recreation
departments across the state. The
T.A.A.F. organization organizes
regional and state competitions
in numerous sports such as
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softball, flag football, swimming,
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The State T.A.A.F. Recognition
and Awards Committee will
consider both Amy and Jon for
selection as the 2007 State Female
and Male Athlete of Year Award.
The City of White Settlement and
Veterans Park Staff wishes Amy
and Jon all of the best in their
future sporting endeavors and
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