Our History

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Tyler Church of Christ began meeting south of town in Grange Hall. After meeting in several other locations, the church purchased property on Mary Street (now South Chilton) at the turn of the century. Membership grew from 75 to 200 members and continued to increase.
1927
The first permanent brick building with classrooms was built with an auditorium to accommodate seating for 400 members. Generous support through prayer and financial means helped this dream come to fruition.
1930
Lake Park Church began as part of a church planting of the West Erwin Church of Christ
 
In the more than 129 years of the church’s existence, West Erwin has been blessed with strong leadership in preachers and dedicated elders who have served the church.
 
Preachers in the early years were:
Truman Ethridge
J.P. Nall
Bynum Black
W.F. Lemons
Bill Richardson
Cled Wallace
Jim Dunn
Jasper Dunn
E.C. McKenzie
W.D. Metcalf
Harvey Scott (1935)
Alonzo Williams (1938 to 1940)
T.B. Thompson (1940-1947)
Harvey Arnold
L.L. Gieger (1951-1958)
Dean Brookshire (1958-1968)
George Stephenson (1968-1981)
Perry Hall (1981-1984)
1951
The Glenwood church began on July 1, 1951 as a church planting of the West Erwin Church of Christ. 
1984
Jay Lockhart became the pulpit minister and would serve for 23 years until 2007.  The theme “A New Beginning,” would initiate great things at West Erwin.  Dr. Jay Lockhart preached regularly over radio and a 30 minute TV program, THE SEARCH, which aired each Sunday.
1990
The Oge Oldsmobile property became available for purchase, the elders made the decision to purchase the property.  This property later became the “Family Life Center in 1998 and is used for many activities.
1992
West Erwin had their first “Homecoming when our new 1000 seat auditorium was opened with 952 in attendance. 
2006
A new Benevolence Center was built at 215 S. Bonner to house our benevolence program.  At that time, our old benevolence building was renovated to make new office and classrooms.
2007
Mike Baker served as the preaching minister from 2007-2010.
2011
In July of 2011, Jason Reeves came to West Erwin to serve as our preaching minister. The theme of 2012 was “Imagine” – centered on the words of Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”
 
The building at 415 West Erwin was purchased to serve the Hispanic congregation.
2013
As a church, West Erwin created a new theme and vision, “Believe. Connect. Serve.”
2015
Our Hispanic congregation moved into their own facility on Glenwood in Tyler.
 
Dr. Bill Allen came to us in July from North Carolina as our preaching minister.
 
West Erwin continues to be active in mission work through both local and global efforts.  Our outreach to the community of Tyler includes serving a meal each Monday night through Karing Kitchen.  Each Tuesday, meals are prepared and delivered to our elderly, shut-ins and some who are ill.  Members and volunteers also distribute clothing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and food on Wednesdays at our Benevolence Center.  You might also witness volunteers working rolling bandages, quilting, distributing food and doing various other works on Tuesdays and Thursdays.