IRVING?The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention finished out 2003 by passing the 1,400 mark in affiliated churches. West Heights Baptist Church in Corpus Christi and Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington numbered 1,400 and 1,401 in their letters of affiliation, respectively.
During the same week, Kentuckytown Baptist Church in Whitewright and North Park Baptist Church in Sherman also affiliated, raising the total number of SBTC-affiliated congregations to 1,404.
Ronnie D. Watson is interim pastor at West Heights, Gary A. Smith is pastor at Fielder Road, Rodney Stanford at Kentuckytown and Ronald Cantrell at North Park.
The SBTC began in 1998 with about 120 churches. Its core values are theological agreement based on biblical inerrancy and mutual accountability; missiological activity with minimal bureaucracy and emphasis on missions and evangelism; and methodological approach through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program missions funding channel.