Crestview tried to find a historian several years ago and after an attempt or two decided not to fill the post. I hope in a set of blogs to provide some history from my perspective that might be useful to those wanting some kind of a written record of some two and one half decades.
In 1995 Don Cramer led a pastor search team made up of several members of Crestview to begin talking with me about the possibility of moving from First Baptist Church Kingsville to Crestview Baptist in Georgetown. Ken Exum was also on that team. I mention them since they are still living and active in the ministry here today. First Baptist Kingsville was a dynamic church that had grown to be the leading church in the Coastal Bend of Texas. I had no particular reason to want to leave. However, my wife, Shannon, had been bringing me to Georgetown for years to a family reunion held in San Gabriel Park. Her mother was born in Georgetown. On one of those trips I had actually driven on to the lot at Crestview and sensed it was no accident that I was seeing this church and its location. It was a Saturday. I did not even know it was a church at first, and then did not know it was Baptist until I finally saw a sign on Williams Drive. Had I not had that experience, I do not think I would have been inclined to engage with the Search Team.
Crestview was a fairly strong church running a little over two hundred people on a good Sunday in those days. It was not nearly as strong as First Baptist Kingsville, but I knew there would be a great opportunity for growth. Sun City did not have even one house completed. Georgetown was headed for change and growth, and I decided to take the risk of leading Crestview to respond to the growth that was coming.
The day we spoke at Crestview they voted unanimously to invite us to come. I had not told anyone that I was asking for a unanimous vote in my prayers as a sign of God’s will. There had been some conflict in the church, and I needed a sign that we could find unity. Unity is always essential to a healthy church.