Our History

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1971

    Developers purchased choice acreage from the Amon Carter Foundation dedicating the site for a future church building with the vision of a community church ministering to the local vicinity.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1973

    Spring – the developers of Lake Country Estates approached Bill O’Brien, a missionary on furlough from Indonesia asking that he take up residence in the community, and he became the unofficial chaplain of Lake Country.

    Bill would begin a Bible study in his home and from that group a desire was developed to create a church that was was free in expression of worship, and embraced the gifts of God.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1975

    The group official became Lake Country Baptist church with Bill O'Brien as pastor meeting first in the Country Club of Lake Country and then to the Eagle Mountain Athletic Center. Lake Country Estates developers gave 4 1/2 acres to build on, at ground breaking four doves were released. Upon release each dove fly in a different direction; North, South, East and West. This became the mantra and logo of the church.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1976

    A sanctuary and classrom facilty were completed when Bill O'Brien annoucned that he would be leaving to work with Foreign Missions once again. Jesse and Darlene McElreath became the youth ministers.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1977

    Jim Hylton, a traveling teacher was asked to become the lead pastor with Dr. Jesse McElreath becoming the Co-Pastor.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1980

    The church body believed they should have a Christian school and began preparations and in September, Lake Country Christian School (K-8) opened with 35 students with Dr. Jesse McElreath as the first administrator.

    May - Jim Hylton began a meeting in New Albany, Indiana which would forever change the course of Lake Country Baptist Church. Revival broke out in the services in Indiana and Jim and Jane Hylton were involved in an 18-week move of the Holy Spirit right out of the New Testament. Jim brought the revival home to Lake Country and they began a journey discovering who they were in Christ.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1984

    The church broke ground on a gym-a-torium for the school, which is now the sanctuary of Lake Country Church. With so many people traveling from all over the Metroplex to attend the church a second campus was birth with called Resotration Church.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1995

    Jim Hylton resigned after 18 years of ministry at Lake Country Baptist Church and Dr. Jesse McElreath became the senior pastor.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1996

    The church changed their name from Lake Country Baptist Church to Lake Country Church, an independent and non-denominational fellowship.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    1997

    John Sheasby of South Africa visited to minister at Lake Country Church, which resulted in a 4-1/2 month, seven days a week revival. The presence of God fell with an out pouring of God's presence

  • Mar 26, 2020

    2005

    Dr. Jesse McElreath retired as Senior Pastor and would become Pastor Emeritus. Gateway Church in Southlake sent Jeff Drott and Gateway members who lived in the vicinity to join the Lake Country campus.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    2008

    Jeff Drott resigned bringing in Stephen LeBlanch as Senior Pastor.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    2011

    Stephen LeBlanc resigned and Randy Thomas was hired as Senior Pastor.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    2018

    Scott Crenshaw was asked to serve as interim pastor.

  • Mar 26, 2020

    2020

    Dr. Jesse McElreath was promoted to glory and his Celebration of Life was held at Lake Country Church.  The Lake Country family along with it’s elders affirmed Scott Crenshaw as their senior pastor.