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 main campus, we are now a multisite, multicultural congregation that includes the Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church, Brentwood Baptist Hispanic Church, Brentwood Baptist Chinese Church, and The Church At Station Hill.

    Our priorities haven't changed. Today, we continue to focus on connecting people to Jesus Christ—locally, nationally, and internationally—through worship, discipleship, and service.

  • 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 (formerly Baptist Sunday School Board), is called as Interim Pastor, and 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 includs 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 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.