The Westside Church of Christ of Round Rock, Texas, traces its roots back to the summer of 1990. A group of approximately 60 people met in downtown Round Rock to discuss creating a congregation that would serve the needs of a rapidly developing north and west side of the city.
After prayerful consideration, it was determined that a Bank Building new congregation would be established, and the first service of the Westside Church of Christ was held on September 16, 1990, in the vacant Brushy Creek National Bank building on FM 620, with 134 people in attendance. Brother Tex Williams led the first worship service. As the congregation began to search for its first minister, several outstanding ministers filled the pulpit position. The congregation is indebted to men such as George Williams, Ed Wharton, Cline Paden, Hardeman Nichols and John Reese who taught, encouraged, and supported our young congregation.
God's blessings were evident from the very beginning, as Highland Joint Ventures, owners of the bank property, allowed the Westside Congregation to use the building free of rent and utilities for one and one-half years, which allowed money to be put aside for the purchase of land for a permanent building.
In November of 1990, Joe Bagby, who had been a missionary in Thailand with the Round Rock congregation, came to Westside as its first full-time pulpit minister. As the congregation continued to grow, elders and deacons were appointed in May of 1991. Our first elders were John Lucas, Jim Parks and Liniel Click. On July 7, 1991, the first deacons were installed. They were Frank Barksdale, Bill Bernard, Scott Click, Hayes Grubb, Tom Guentzel, Lawrence Hall, Philip Hall, Don Harlow, Philip Lopez, Jim Robinson and Tony Thornock.
When the bank building was leased to another Cedar Valley Middle Schoolbusiness, the church relocated to an office park on Great Oaks Drive. Westside's attendance grew to the point that the office area allotted to us was constantly being renovated; walls were torn down, a portable baptistery was installed in the foyer so that Brushy Creek would not have to be used in the winter and the auditorium was rearranged several times. During this time, John McCord came to Westside as our first full-time youth minister.
When the congregation faced the question of paying higher rates at this facility, it was decided to use the nearby Cedar Valley Middle School.
The purchase of land was at times New Building discouraging as costs, caves, future highway construction and city regulations seemed to stop every negotiation. But the Lord had a much better place waiting. On June 19, 1994, approximately eleven acres of land located on FM 1431 were purchased. Two very successful bond sales for a permanent building were completed, and in February, 1995, members began working together to clear the land for the building. The first service of the Westside church of Christ at its permanent location was held on Sunday, April 27, 1997.
In early 2006 additional property became available to expand our land-locked property. With the addition of the surrounding property in Mayfield Ranch we have been able to add a safer entrance (in addition to the original entrance off of FM 1431) from the neighborhood next to the church property. The congregation at Westside covers approximately 16 acres of wooded property. Additional classroom space and parking were added in 2008.
In 2006 Noel Whitlock, our long-time Pulpit Minister, accepted a Pulpit position with the College Church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas. Tony Hamilton, our Youth Minister, became the Pulpit Minister for the Prescott Church of Christ in Prescott, Arkansas. In October 2006 PJ Hicks, our Involvement/Family Minister accepted a position with the Marysville Church of Christ in Marysville TN.
Our current Youth Minister is Josh Kidd. In early 2007, Ferman Carpenter accepted the Pulpit Minister position and has been providing spiritual food to the congregation since early 2007. Tex Williams continues to serve the Westside congregation actively.
We currently have multiple elders and deacons working with the congregation at Westside. They are listed on our Leadership page.
Westside has continued to grow not only in numbers but also in its areas of involvement. The congregation has been and continues to be involved in supporting outreach efforts and foreign missions; we support full-time the mission of Udorn Inthong in Thailand, have over-seeing support of the Casa Sonrisa Children's Home in Torreon, Mexico (www.casasonrisa.org), we participate (with the Brownwood church of Christ) in the support of Gary and Linda Bull’s work in Cochabamba Bolivia (www.cochabambaforchrist.com), and provide financial support to Brother John Reese and the World Bible School. Our members have participated in the work of World Bible School not only as teachers, through correspondence courses, but as missionaries to Africa. We continue to support Ed Wharton with the Sunset International Bible Institute. As part of preparing our youth for missions we have sent high school and college age student missionaries to Mexico, Thailand, The Czech Republic, cities in the U.S. and many other places.
We look forward to the future as we are anticipating building a larger auditorium facility, but most importantly, to continue to glorify our Father, within whom lies the purpose for our existence.
If you are looking for a new church home, we want you to know that we care for you and want to assist you in your spiritual walk in any way possible. If you have any questions about the Westside congregation, please contact one of our ministers at the church office 512.399.9999 or via e-mail (links to e-mail are located on our Leadership page ).
The following is intended to provide an overview of our beliefs and what to expect in a typical worship service.