February 27, 2020

1960’s

On June 5, 1960, a faithful group of committed believers, led by Rev. Richard Richardson and missionary Clarence Green, joined together and organized the first independent Baptist church in Huntsville, Alabama. Known as First Bible Baptist Church, its first service was held at the Albert Pick Motel on April 1 of that same year.
 
The young congregation moved five times in seven months, struggling to find a permanent meeting place. In August of 1960, the Lord was faithful in providing funds to purchase property on Blue Spring Road where the church would later construct a concrete block building in which to worship.
 
When Rev. Richardson resigned in 1961, God called Rev. Almon Terry to lead the young flock. Under his leadership, first-phase construction of the church building began in June 1961 and was completed in November. Church members finally found themselves in their own building, and with it came a new name: Meadow Hills Baptist Church, a name it kept until 1983. Rev. Terry also oversaw the completion of a 500-seat auditorium in 1964. He resigned as pastor in 1965.
 
Other men who served as pastors during the 1960s were Rev. Bob Spencer (1966-1969), and Rev. James Harwell (1969-1970).