The history of the Willow Park Baptist Church doesn’t begin at the corner of Ranch House and Bankhead. In fact, it doesn’t begin in Texas at all. The vision of the Willow Park Baptist Church began in the heart of Pastor J.D. Towles in Artesia, New Mexico. At that time “Preacher” had spent 18 years at his current church and was well on his way to retirement, but God had other plans. Pastor Towles felt God calling him to North Texas to start a new church. He uprooted his family, loaded their possessions, and moved to Weatherford, Texas to further seek God’s will.
On a Wednesday night in May of 1994, Pastor Towles with twelve other people, met together to pray, worship and ask for God’s direction. That night they sat on the floor of a small storefront building, taped together hymnals and prayed that God would bless their faith. It was only a few months later that WPBC was chartered and land was purchased for the permanent location. In August of 1995, only one year after their first meeting, WPBC opened the doors to the first phase of their building plan. Phase one is what is now the Reach Out Center. God blessed WPBC and the church grew. In 2000, WPBC moved into their new 600 seat Worship Center. Additional education space and a dedicated youth room was added in 2003.
In 2006, with over 30 years of service, Pastor Towles retired from full-time ministry.
In May of 2006, Clark Bosher was called to be the Pastor of Willow Park Baptist Church. Pastor Bosher brought with him a passion to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to North Texas and beyond. His vision was that WPBC would be a church “On an Eternal Mission.” God has blessed tremendously and WPBC has continued to grow. In 2008 WPBC saw over 180 people baptized and many more professions of faith.
While WPBC has a great past, the future is that much more exciting. Under the leadership of Pastor Bosher, WPBC will strive to reach the lost and focus on the eternal mission that has been set before it.