Bible Baptist Church has been opening their doors since 1983 and this Sunday will celebrate 30 years. They will recall some of those memories with a reception, but at the same time will continue their momentum toward the future.
Pastor Robby Robbins and his wife Kathy Robbins, who leads the music worship, left Stillwater’s Bible Baptist Church to establish their own church in Guthrie. Just recently the couple celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.
The Robbins landed their first church building at the Prairie Hill School District on south Division. The pastor was nervous if anyone was even going to show up to the first service, but by knocking on some doors the 31-year-old pastor was able to collect 22 visitors to hear the first sermon.
Over the next few years, the small former school-house was running out of space and some of the church goers were forced to listen to the good word from outside the building. So, the church headed south.
In 1986, the church broke ground and built a 7,000 square foot building in its current spot near Sooner Road on south Division. The church expanded four more times in the next 10 years and now the biggest expansion, that started in 2008, includes a debt-free 10,000 square foot fellowship hall.
in 2001, the church gained international attention when they planted 5,000 white, wooden crosses in their open field that stood for each person missing from the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack. Related story: Church’s cross display hints at nation’s losses
The church is planning a 10:30 a.m. service and invites everyone inside. Afterwards, the congregation plans to bring side dishes and desserts to go with hot dogs for lunch. A slide-show and story telling is expected as they look back on the past 30 years, but Robby wants to springboard their attention to the future and not necessary dwell as much on the past.