In October of 1963, a group of about 26 people had a vision to start a new Baptist church on the west end of Mustang.
They held their first service in the garage of Luther and Margurett Horton’s home and now 50 years later, the church has an average attendance of 600 and is sending people all over the world for missions.
Chisholm Heights Baptist Church will celebrate 50 years at a special service on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Dr. Dave Bryan has been the pastor of the church for the past 18 years. He along with Raymond McDowell, who led the church as its pastor for 20 years before Bryan, will also speak at the Oct. 6 service.
"I think that speaks pretty highly of the church itself in that they can be pretty patient with us," Bryan said.
A meeting on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. at the church will kick off the celebration and a free lunch will be held after the Oct. 6 service.
Items taken from a time capsule dating back to October of 1964 will also be viewed.
Dr. Bryan said the founders of the church came from different areas in and around Mustang.
"Some were members from the First Baptist church and some were from Wheatland," he said. "They wanted a church on the west side of Mustang and this was when the First Baptist church was still on the south side of State Highway 152 by the high school."
Over the past 50 years, the church has transformed into what it is today with many different projects.
In February of 1966, a new worship center and additional classrooms were completed. In November of 1970, a new west wing was added along with a new kitchen and fellowship hall.
In June of 1976, a new multi-purpose interim auditorium and education facility was completed and in March of 1993, the church completed a permanent worship center with even more educational spaces.
Today, the church is wrapping up the completion of a 20,000 square-foot Childhood Ministries Building, which is two stories and will have a 300 student capacity.
"The history of the church has always included a great heart for student ministry," Bryan said. "But we also have a lot of senior adults as well."
Dr. Bryan said Chisholm Heights has always cooperated with the many other churches in Mustang.
"I think our church has earned a good reputation in the community," he said. "Mustang is a fortunate community, there are a lot of really good churches in town. It’s just a good community with good people. The churches work well together, and there is some friendly competition as well. But we all know that we are on the same team."
Dr. Bryan said missions have always been a big part of Chisholm Heights Baptist Church.
"Part of our DNA is missions, getting outside of the building and across the borders," he said. "Sometimes we take international trips and we have an ongoing relationship with a group of Baptists in Mexico. We started a few churches in India and we have been involved with other missions opportunities."
As for the future, Dr. Bryan said there are plans to expand the church even more.
"In the future, we will be looking for the opportunity for a new youth and student center, which will be phase two of our long-range plan," he said. "And phase three will be a new gathering area, a new front for the church."
Although the physical church has changed many times over the years, one thing has always remained the same at Chisholm Heights Baptist.
"For 50 years, the church has been faithful in sharing the Gospel of Christ," Bryan said. "We are looking ahead to the next 50 years in how we can be faithful to share that message with this generation."
Chisholm Heights Baptist Church is located at 2243 W. State Highway 152. For more information about the church, call 376-4531 or log onto www.chbcmustang.org.