West Center Baptist Church began as First German Baptist Church, founded in May of 1885 by roughly 20 Christians. Our mission to make disciples for the glory of God, through the word, by the power of the Spirit, stands in direct connection with the covenant those members first adopted. Every chapter in West Center’s story is a testimony to God’s faithfulness to his people and his plan.
1885-1886 – The first building is erected for a total cost of $1750. The first baptism is held at Lake Madison.
1919 – The first church building is destroyed by a fire and a new one is constructed on the corner of West Center St. and Josephine Ave.
1960 – West Center member Lucile Wipf is sent as a long-term missionary to Japan.
1978 – A fire severely damages the building. Two years later the newly refurbished building is dedicated.
2000 – West Center helps plant Central Valley Community Church in Hartford, SD. WCB sends Chris Gorman to lead the plant.
2001 – West Center member Shan Reed is sent as a long-term missionary to Japan.
2006 – Central Valley Community Church helps plant River Community Church in Dell Rapids, SD. Andy Wright leads the plant.
2009 – Komyo Christian Church is planted in Osaka, Japan. Shan Reed and Paul and Melissa Ewing lead the plant.
2015 – West Center calls Justin DeBerry as Senior Pastor.
2017 – West Center calls Trevor Schubert as Associate Pastor. Trevor previously served as Apprentice Pastor for four years.
Original Church Covenant
Click here to view WCB's original church covenant: Original Church Covenant.