History

To know where you're going, it helps to know where you've been. In its short history, Brentwood Baptist Church has seen God do many exciting things. Even more exciting is what we know He'll do in the future.


  • Since the beginning, the mission of members at this rapidly growing congregation has been to introduce others to Jesus Christ. Since 1969, we've grown and so has our calling to reach people in our communities, in our country, and around the world.

    Outside of our central campus, we are now a multisite, multicultural congregation that includes the Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church, the Brentwood Baptist Chinese Church, the Brentwood Baptist Hispanic Ministry, The Church at Avenue South, The Church At Station Hill, The Church at West Franklin, and The Church at Woodbine.

    Our priorities haven't changed. Today, we continue to focus on engaging the whole person with the whole gospel of Jesus Christ anywhere, anytime, with anybody.

  • 1968

    • August 22 | Under the sponsorship of Woodmont Baptist Church, a mission is started in the chapel of the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home on Franklin Road.
    • September 8 | Sixty-five people gather for the first worship service at 2:30 p.m.
    • October 6 | A full schedule is established, including Sunday School (with 77 in attendance) and Training Union.
    • November 3 | The first converts of the new mission are baptized at Woodmont Baptist Church.
    • November 27 | Dr. Charles Treadway, long-term employee of LifeWay Christian Resources (formerly The Sunday School Board), is called as Interim Pastor. Young Harper joins as part-time Minister of Music.
    • December | A budget of $38,030 is adopted with 10 percent allocated to the Cooperative Program.
  • 1969

    • February 9 | The mission votes to become a church and agrees to assume an indebtedness of $4,000, which the Nashville Baptist Association advanced for the lot on Franklin Road.
    • March 19 | The name "Brentwood Baptist Church" is adopted.
    • April 3 | The Trustees file papers of incorporation with the Secretary of State.
    • April 13 | The church is duly constituted on Easter Sunday.
  • 1970

    • March 1 | William "Bill" Wilson, from Greensboro, North Carolina, accepts the call as full-time pastor and begins his ministry.
  • 1971

    • February | The membership votes to begin construction of new facilities on Franklin Road.
    • February 28 | A groundbreaking service takes place and construction begins on a multi-purpose building at a cost of $452,700.
  • 1972

    • March 5 | The first service in the new sanctuary-gymnasium takes place.
  • 1978

    • December 26 | Indebtedness on the first phase of the building is retired.
    • The second phase of the building program begins, which includes a sanctuary and additional educational facilities.
    • The church plant known as Bell Road Baptist Chapel is established by Brentwood Baptist.
  • 1980

    • January 6 | More than 1,100 people gather for the first worship service in the new sanctuary. By the 20th anniversary celebration, the indebtedness of the second phase is retired.
  • 1987

    • February | Dual Sunday School and worship services begin.
  • 1988

    • July 31 | The church counts a total membership of 1,771 and Sunday School enrollment of 1,539. The budget grows to $1,123,091 with average monthly budget offerings of $86,170.
  • 1990

    • Dr. William "Bill" Wilson leaves his position as senior pastor and joins the staff of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.
  • 1991

    • August | Brentwood Baptist calls a new senior pastor, Dr. Michael L. Glenn.
  • 1996

    • October | Brentwood Baptist votes to purchase 30 acres at 7777 Concord Road.
  • 2002

    • June | The Franklin Road facility is sold to Living Word Church. Brentwood Baptist moves to a new 175,000 square foot building.
  • 2009

    • April 19 | Brentwood Baptist celebrates 40 years of ministry in a churchwide and community gathering. In addition, a new wing of Brentwood Baptist is dedicated, which includes the Connection Center, Connection Cafe, and Connection Bookstore.
    • December 20 | Baskin Chapel is dedicated in a special service.
  • 2010

    • March 28 | The Church At Station Hill, the south campus of Brentwood Baptist, is established and celebrates its grand opening in the Spring Hill and Thompson's Station communities.
  • 2012

    • Winter | Following Pastor Mike Glenn's earlier prayer and challenge to become debt free sooner than the planned timeline, and due to some significant designated gifts in 2011, all remaining debt is paid off. The church is debt free 3 years earlier than expected. 
    • Fall | A group of core leaders from Brentwood Baptist begins praying about focusing our efforts on making an impact in Nashville with the good news of Jesus.
  • 2013

    • Spring | The vision for establishing a second regional campus is born. 
  • 2014

    • January – Pastor Mike Glenn casts the vision for The Middle Tennessee Initiative, which gives greater clarity to our multi-site strategy. MTI is defined as our call to address the needs of poverty, healthcare, and education for the sake of evangelism through establishing regional campuses, planting new churches, and renewing existing churches in transition.
    • March – The “NEXT” campaign is launched to fund the Middle Tennessee Initiative. By the end of the year, $14.4 million is pledged toward the two-year, $17 million goal.
    • April 20 | The new Nashville Campus, The Church at Avenue South, holds an Easter service in the midst of the remodel of their new location in the first floor of the Acuff-Rose building on Franklin Road. 
    • April 27 | The Church at Station Hill breaks ground on new church building.
    • June | Woodbine Baptist Church and West Franklin Baptist Church vote to become campuses of Brentwood Baptist Church.
    • August – Six students become the first graduates of the new Deaf Theological Center, part of the ministry of the Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church.
    • September 7 | The Church at Avenue South, The Church at West Franklin, and The Church at Woodbine hold their inaugural services as regional and ministry campuses of Brentwood Baptist Church.
    • September 7 – The Discipleship Ministry launches the new Foundations curriculum with the first in a series of publications, Spiritual Practices.
    • The new mobile Medical Dental Unit (MDU) celebrates is first full year of ministry.
  • 2015

    • August – Over 1,500 people attend the grand opening of the new, permanent campus of The Church at Station Hill. The 50,000-square foot campus is located just off Saturn Parkway in one of the fastest-growing regions of Middle Tennessee.
    • November 29 – The congregation at The Church at Woodbine moves back into its main sanctuary, following much needed repairs. Prior to the merger, the congregation had been meeting in the chapel for many years due to declining attendance and the sanctuary’s disrepair.
    • December 24 – The first airing of the Christmas broadcast television special featuring the Christmas concert by the worship choir and orchestra on the Brentwood campus on NewsChannel5 with over 100,000 viewers; this was made possible in large part by the installation and integration of a new $1.8 million high-definition television system.
    • The Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church launches “DeafGo,” a new umbrella brand for its growing number of ministry initiatives, including theological training, missionary sending, and resource development.
    • December – After more than ten years since its inception, Pastor Mike Glenn turns over the teaching of Kairos to new Kairos Pastor, Chris Brooks.
  • 2016

    • The church reaches 10,000 in membership.
    • May 1 - The congregations of Brentwood Baptist and Lockeland Baptist Church in East Nashville vote to merge, making “The Church at Lockeland Springs” the sixth campus of Brentwood Baptist Church.
    • The Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church launches the first iteration of the “DeafGo Bible app,” providing a first-of-its-kind presentation of the Bible to the Deaf community around the world.
    • August 21 – The church celebrates Mike Glenn’s 25th anniversary as Pastor.
  • 2017

    • June – The church votes to establish a new regional campus in the town of Nolensville. It will launch in 2018 and become the church’s seventh campus.
    • December – The church adopts a new mission statement, “Engaging the whole person with the whole gospel of Jesus Christ, anytime, anywhere, with anybody,” to better reflect the church’s vision as defined largely by the Middle Tennessee Initiative.