Woodland Heights Baptist Church was founded in 1987. Approximately 140 people attended the first service held at Cold Springs Camp. On June 7, 1987, WHBC was constituted with 212 charter members. Dr. David McGowin served as the church’s interim pastor during the time leading up to its being constituted and then was called to serve as pastor. Dr. McGowin served in that capacity until the following February.
On July 28, 1987, 27 acres were purchased in western Conway on Highway 60. Building plans were approved for a 15,800 square foot multipurpose building to seat 350 people. Groundbreaking was scheduled for April 1988. In the meantime, services were held at numerous sites, including Cold Springs Camp, Camp Beaverfork, Baptist Student Union at the University of Central Arkansas, Salem United Methodist Church and several private homes. Ground breaking ceremonies were held on April 28, 1988.
On July 3, 1988, the church unanimously voted to call the Rev. David Hatfield of Oklahoma City as its pastor. The first service in the new building was held on October 23, 1988. The church continued to grow during the next several years and on June 23, 1991, ground breaking ceremonies were held for a new 6,321 square foot education building. The construction of 4,992 square feet of additional education space provided 14 classrooms. The worship area was remodeled, bringing the seating capacity up to 625. Several classrooms were remodeled to offer additional office space for the new Minister of Music and Education.
In mid-2001, ground was broken and construction began on a new sanctuary building. The building initially created room for 800 people to come together for worship. The choir loft holds an additional 120 people who lead our congregation in worship through song. A separate area was provided for the church’s Sanctuary orchestra. On November 24th, 2002, WHBC took an exciting step by holding their first worship service in this new facility
On July 12, 2015, Bro. David Hatfield retired after 27 years of service as our pastor. In the fall, the church voted to utilize the Arkansas Baptist Convention’s Intentional Interim Process and to call Dr. David Bond to serve in that capacity. Bro. Bond came on staff in December and served as Intentional Interim Pastor as well as guiding the transition team in carrying out the Intentional Interim Process.
On January 15, 2017, Dr. Larry White preached in the morning service and held a question-and-answer session during the evening service. Following that session, the church voted overwhelmingly to call Dr. White as its Senior Pastor. Dr. White accepted the church’s call and preached his first sermon as our new pastor on January 22nd. On January 29th, Dr. David Bond formally installed Dr. White as pastor.
Woodland Heights has been very blessed by God since it began in 1987. The staff and congregation maintain that we’re blessed so abundantly because our church has kept its focus where it should be: the infallible and inerrant Word of God. We thank God for His guidance and blessings as a body of Christ and ask that He would continue to guide and direct us so that we will be the church He desires us to be.