Crestview expansion serves outreach efforts
Crestview Baptist Church is much more than a growing church, both physically and in membership. It is a dynamic body of believers through which God is able to work and is glorified (honor is ascribed to God), attests communications director Brian Crowe.
Each Wednesday throughout the school year, the church hosts a community program called “English as a Second Language” that attracts as many as 200 participants. “These families come from all over Georgetown and the surrounding area, passionate about learning to speak and read English,” Brian shares.
Another example of Crestview’s mission outreach is Camp Crestview, one of the most sought-after Christian camps in central Texas. The two weeks of camp serve as a unique vacation Bible school experience for children. Brian says the church has hosted more than 1,000 kids directed by more than 350 certified and trained volunteers.
Camp Crestview is a special experience not just for camp goers but for the entire Crestview family. “I have sought out a room on the second floor of our new education building. It is about the only room not in use this week. All around me, I hear the sounds of Camp Crestview. Already children have asked me for information about a relationship with Jesus. The atmosphere is charged with the presence of the Holy Spirit [the third person of the Christian Trinity] as once again hundreds of faithful volunteers move about the campus meeting the needs of children. It is only Tuesday, but we have already experienced enough blessing to make the week worth all the effort,” writes Pastor Dan Wooldridge on the church’s blog page.
Camp Crestview is said to change the lives not just of Crestview members but also of people who had never attended the church before. “Other commitments held them in place at other churches, but they have always felt a connection to this church,” Pastor Wooldridge continues.
The staff believes the success of the camp is a direct blessing from God.
“This [past] summer alone, Crestview has witnessed to [declared] Jesus Christ through the mission efforts of over ninety individuals internationally in India, Myanmar, Brazil, Africa, Romania, and in the United States in Oregon, Matagorda, and Falfurrias, Texas,” Brian says.
Through its various ministry programs, the church is able to fulfill its ultimate goal of introducing people to Jesus Christ and helping them develop personal relationships with Him. Crestview reaches people through many ministries including music, drama, by age group for all ages, students, men, women, single adults, and the hearing-impaired. These ministries also offer opportunities to serve and to grow.
Another cause important to the church is the act of giving. Crestview is one of the largest contributors to the Texas Baptist World Hunger fund. Brian adds that “Crestview witnesses locally through our support of numerous ministries such as The Caring Place, Pregnancy Help Center of Central Texas, Oak Ridge Disciple House, and prison ministry.”
The church, which boasts more than 2,600 members, has been undergoing a transformation via a new building slated for completion in November that will include a student activities room, multipurpose room, choral suite, staff offices, and a children’s activity room.
Brian says the expansion is a blessing from God and would not have been possible without the leadership’s hard work and funding and support from church members.
“The fact is that the building is representative of the heart of our ministry. Through our faithful witness of Jesus Christ, we have found need of increasing our available facilities space to better serve our community and our world. We are blessed to have been compelled to make new space available and further grow our mission outreach.”
Crestview Baptist Church
2300 Williams Drive
Georgetown, TX 78628
“Crestview is a vibrant, active, growing body of believers in Jesus Christ, making an indelible imprint in the world through our mission outreach,” Brian says.