When did we start?
God placed a burden on the hearts of the Senior Pastor and the people of Longview Heights Baptist Church, Olive Branch, Mississippi, to establish a new church in Hernando. In 2002, a core group of 35 began meeting at Longview Heights with Church Plant Pastor Wade Humphries to lay the foundation for what would become Longview Point Baptist Church. The core group was commissioned at Longview Heights on August 25, 2002.
Why the old hardware store?
One of our core members found out the old Kaptol Hardware building on the historic Hernando square was available. God saw fit for us to begin in this space.
Going from a hardware store to a worship center and nursery was no easy chore. Through gifts from Longview Heights and lots of volunteer labor, The Point as we know it began taking shape. Finally, on September 7, 2002, we held our first service with 124 people present.
By 2005, we were holding three morning services and seeing around 360 worshipers present. Most of our Connect groups (a.k.a. Sunday School) were held in many locations within walking distance due to the graciousness of our neighbors.
Why our new location?
Well before we outgrew "the old hardware store," we were given 12 acres of land just off the southeast corner of Byhalia at McIngvale--an ideal place for a church campus. In 2003, we formed a team to start making plans for new facilities. During that process, a generous donation of a Family Life Center was made to us! We completed that facility and held our first services in it November 20, 2005.
What about the future?
As our parent congregation before us, the Point is committing itself to planting new churches here, in the States, and worldwide. Longview Heights commissioned us on January 18, 2005; we became our own church. During that same service, we committed to plant a new church in the Senatobia area. That church is LifePoint Church. LifePoint launched on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005, and met at Magnolia Heights school. Now, LifePoint has her own facilities and continues growing at a rapid pace. To God be the glory!
Riverbend Church was started Easter 2007. Led by Pastor Brian Tillman, Riverbend is another new church plant in Deosto County! They meet on the west side of Hernando on Hwy 51 and are seeking God's guidance as they look for a permanent home in west DeSoto County.
In January 2012, we planted our third church; EastPoint Church located in the Lewisburg area of eastern Desoto County. Led by Pastor John Allen May, they are seeing God do great things with a core group of 20 and a growing number of attenders each week.