Where We Come From…
In the Fall of 2009, the leadership of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas, began considering the possibility of planting a church in Decatur. There were many people attending Denton Bible who lived in Wise County and had an interest of starting a work there. Some had met with the Denton Bible Church elders and planted that seed. Following the recommendations of the DBC Elder Board, a Navigators 2:7 Bible Study was begun. Pastor Emeritus Mel Sumrall met weekly with the study group. The group quickly developed into a church congregation and Decatur Bible Church was born. It’s first service was held on April 25, 2010, at 500 W. Main, Decatur, Texas. Twenty-seven people attended.
Decatur Bible Church has chosen to closely mirror Denton Bible Church in terms of doctrine, form of worship and policy. Initially, the Sunday morning teaching was provided via recorded video messages from Denton Bible Pastor Tommy Nelson. Eventually, the video services gave way to “live” speakers, primarily from Denton Bible Church. Beginning on March 18, 2011, Decatur Bible Church began meeting at the Wise County Heritage Museum Theater. Paul Polk, Aaron Campbell and Jody LeBlanc from Denton Bible rotated preaching duties. Additionally, these men met regularly with the elders of Decatur Bible to solidify its doctrinal foundation and formulate a procedure for securing its first pastor.
Currently Decatur Bible Church has three elders, including Pastor Rick Carman, and has grown in recent months to an average attendance of 115, many of which are meeting regularly on Wednesday night for a Home Group study that discusses the Sunday sermon for understanding and life application. Currently, Decatur Bible Church is deepening its practice of biblical fellowship with one-another, is prayerfully engaging the community with the gospel, and is prayerfully considering God’s direction and provision for the future in response to God’s gracious multiplication of our church family.