The Paluxy Baptist Association (https://paluxybaptist.org/) was organized in August of 1880 at Harmony Baptist Church, in Somervell County, just below the dam of Squaw Creek Reservoir at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant. As Pastor of Acton Baptist Church, I was present for the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Association in 1980.
The Association exists to provide a cooperative method of ministry and missions, assisting our churches with resources, a well-equipped conference room, and an opportunity to work together with our partnership mission, La Misión, in Juarez, Mexico. Because of the faithful financial support of our churches, we are able to assist with expenses for members to go on mission trips literally around the world. We are also pleased to be providing financially for Clara Compean, our partner missionary in Juarez, who assists her dad, Pastor Jose Compean, as the Principal of the Juventud Con Visión school and teaches classes as well. In 2019, groups of us made five trips to Juarez, for various ministries at La Mision. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are not making our normal July trip this summer.
One of the special events last year was a Friday-Saturday retreat for all our bi-vocatioal pastors and their wives, along with some from Southwest Metroplex Baptist Association (Johnson County). We had several speakers, the Atens (Sherman and Tammy) provided music for each session, and there were gift bags for both pastors and wives. We had planned to have this event again this year, but due to the uncertainties and questions about the pandemic, we’ve postponed it until next summer.
Each year in October we have our Annual Meeting when we elect officers, adopt a budget and hear testimonies, music and at least one sermon. It is always a special time of fellowship and getting together with fellow churches within the Association.
Early December brings our annual Christmas dinner and program which the Association provides as an expression of appreciation to our pastors, staff members and spouses from the churches.
Currently the churches that comprise the Association are: Acton, Allison, Bear Creek, Bluff Dale, Brazos River, Cleburne Community, Cottonwood, Cristo Roca Viva, Crossroads, Fairview, FBC Granbury, FBC Glen Rose, FBC Lipan, FBC Thorp Spring, Granbury Baptist, Happy Trails Cowboy, Lakeside, Lipan Cowboy, Mambrino, New Prospect, Nueva Creacion, Paluxy, Rainbow, Rivers, Southside, Tolar, Triple Cross Cowboy, Vino Nuevo, and Waples.
Thank you to my home church—Waples Baptist—for your participation and support in the Paluxy Baptist Association! I thank the Lord for you! I am also thankful for Darlene Atchison, our office assistant, who does an outstanding job!
-God’s blessings to all, Glenn L. Ward
For an in-depth window into the missions of the Paluxy Baptist Association, please watch this Ministry Spotlight video recorded on May 6, 2020⇒
If you feel prayerfully led to participate in the missionary work of the Paluxy Baptist Association, please contact Glenn L. Ward, Director of Missions, at email@example.com or (817) 579-5111. If you would like to support their missions with tax-deductible donations, please make your check payable to “WAPLES BAPTIST CHURCH” and write “PBA” in the memo field.