Valley View church marks 20th anniversarycomment (0)
June 14, 2007
Two decades ago, Valley View Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, began by meeting in a local funeral home chapel. Eighteen months later, the Tuscaloosa Baptist Association church purchased 16 acres of land and built a facility that was expanded as the need arose.
Recently the church celebrated its 20th anniversary with a service attended by more than 1,000 people, including former staff members and the founding pastor and his wife. During the three-part program, Pastor Mike Hall told the congregation to remember God’s faithfulness in the past, get involved in what God is doing right now and be willing to trust God in the future.
"Over the past 20 years, we have baptized almost 800 people," Hall said. "There has been over $18 million given to Kingdom purposes. The church has grown from 170 original members to over 1,600 members."
But more important than the church’s physical growth is seeing the number of lives impacted through the church’s ministry, according to Hall.
"One of the strengths of Valley View has been its willingness to do whatever it takes to reach one more for Jesus," he said. "Our desire is to build on what God has done in the past to carry out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission in reaching our county for Jesus Christ."
Hall believes the anniversary program reflected this desire.
"One of our charter members sang ‘Holy Ground,’ which was the song that the church sang as they moved into our original facility," Hall said. "We closed out the service with our children’s choir of about 100 singing ‘Let the Praises Ring’ because we wanted to focus on the future generations that still need to hear the gospel."