At West Huntsville we are all about making disciples who make disciples. This is our focus and drives all that we do.
Why we do it
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands us to "go and make disciples." We desire to make disciples because we want to follow in Jesus' footsteps.
How we do it
Walk with God | Encourage One Another | Serve Others | Train Leaders
At West Huntsville we go about making disciples through what we call the WEST strategy. This approach is the template by which we plan and execute all that happens at West Huntsville.
The Bible is the Final Authority
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and are without error. They are the complete, divine revelation of God to man and the final authority for the believer’s faith and life.
God is Triune
The one God is, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of God, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
The Holy Spirit indwells us and His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.
Man is lost and in need
Man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost. Only through regeneration by the Holy spirit can salvation and eternal life be obtained.
Eternal life is in Jesus Christ
Salvation is the gift of God made available solely by God's grace. The shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe; and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God. Salvation is appropriated personally through the recognition and repentance of one's sinful condition and the placing of one's faith in Jesus Christ alone as Savior.
Secure in Christ
All the saved are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever. It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in their security and it gives us motivation to live a consistent godly life.
Identified with Christ
The true church is composed of all those persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head. Water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
Jesus Christ is Head of the Church
Only those who are members of the true church shall be eligible for membership in the local church. Jesus Christ is Lord and head of the church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.
Jesus Christ is Coming Again
Jesus' second coming will be the personal, pre-millennial and imminent and that is this "blessed hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
Eternal Destiny is Certain
All of the dead will experience bodily resurrection: the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting, conscious punishment.
West Huntsville Baptist church was organized. J.A. Eaves was elected as the first pastor and B.L. Tipps was elected as the sexton. The people of West Huntsville began meeting in a building on 7th Avenue that continues currently to serve as a residence.
During C.L. Culpepper's ministry, the property at the corner of 8th Avenue and Triana Boulevard was purchased and a new wooden building was built.
The wooden church building burned. The people of West Huntsville banded together under the leadership of J. Vernon Rich and completed building a new stone structure only four months later.
Worship services were held in the stone church building until the present worship center was dedicated. Cecil O’Rear was pastoring at this time.
The North Educational Building was built during the time that Sam Wolfe served as pastor.
The South Educational Building was completed when Max Barton served as pastor.
Scott Gossett became the pastor and has been used of God guide WHBC to be a "Worshiping Church" and a "Giving Church."
The Lord impressed Pastor Scott that WHBC should be debt free. At that time WHBC had outstanding building debt of $125,000. In just a few months, the debt was paid and since then West Huntsville has experienced the rain of God's blessing.
West Huntsville has upgraded the buildings and has intensified its efforts to make disciples here in Huntsville and around the world.
Many have been saved and discipled at West Huntsville. God has blessed us through the years. Because of its location near Redstone Arsenal, the WHBC family has ministered to people from all over the world, and has sent out missionaries and members to all parts of the globe. We believe in a bright future that is more glorious than the past and that God will continue to use WHBC in the salvation of souls, in the edification of the saints and the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world - disciples making disciples. We invite you to become a part of this exciting ministry.