Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1960 under the leadership of Rev. Norris Terry. Church services were held in a small frame building located at 3602 Drew Street in the Third Ward area of Houston. After four years of leadership, Rev. Terry resigned as pastor. Rev. Willie E. Powell was called to pastor this small congregation in 1964. Under Rev. Powell’s leadership, plans were made to move the church site from its original location on Drew Street to another area of Houston. In March 1965, Lilly Grove moved into its new edifice located on the corner of Idaho and Tierwester Streets in the LaSalette subdivision. After only three years, and as God continued to add to this Christian family, it was necessary to erect a new building to accommodate the membership. A new edifice facing Tierwester Street was built on the same site. Entrance services were held in January 1968. Rev. Powell served as pastor until August 9, 1981.
Rev. Curtis W. Wallace of Paris, Texas was called as Lilly Grove’s third pastor on November 18, 1981. He preached his first sermon on December 27, 1981. Under Rev. Wallace’s leadership, our present building was completed and dedicated on August 31, 1986, thereby allowing the renovation of the old building into classrooms, a large cafeteria, and a small chapel. Rev. Wallace resigned in mid January 1990.
After a prayerful nationwide search, Rev. Terry K. Anderson of Eunice, Louisiana was called to become the fourth pastor of Lilly Grove. Rev. Anderson began his tenure as pastor on February 3, 1991. Due to the continued growth of the Liiy Grove church family, Rev. Carlos Washington
was affirmed as our first Youth and Children’s Pastor, in January 2000. On February 11, 2002, Rev. Washington assumed his present role as Lilly Grove’s first, full time Associate Pastor. The preached Word of Pastor Anderson is received at Lilly Grove each Sunday by an over capacity audience of members and visitors. Many homes have been reached through daily radio
broadcasts, Sunday television broadcasts, and via the World Wide Web. Under the leadership of Rev. Anderson, a Family Life Center was designed and built to provide a Christian environment for the entire community. The official grand opening and dedication services were held on April 22,2001. The building was renamed the Wendell Neal Memorial Family Life Center on
March 30,2003, in honor of the late Deacon Dr. Wendell Neal. In 2004, Lilly Grove of Cabaret, Haiti was established. Our latest project in Cabaret is the “Terry K. Anderson Medlcal Clinic,” which is in its final phase of completion.
On March 28, 2010, the Lilly Grove Church family concluded a series of jubilant activities in commemoration of 50 years of worship, fellowship, and service as an organized body in Christ.
December 19, 2011, the congregation endorsed the vision of the Church leadership to move forward with the future Campus Development Program. On December 1, 2013, the Lilly Grove Church Family held a ground breaking ceremony for the new sanctuary, to accommodate the continued growth of our membership. ‘The new sanctuary will provide seating capacity of 3500, along with additional space for administrative support. In early2013, members committed to the Lifestyle Capital Stewardship Campaign (LCSC) initiative to assist with the construction of the future worship center. Construction of the proposed facility commenced on June 23. 2013. On October 31, November 1st, and December 20, 2015, when the building process had achieved a significant point, the members participated in the signing of the “slab” which is the “foundation” of the new facility. Names and brief spiritual statements were inscribed on the slab by members.
The growth of Lilly Grove has not been confined to an increase in membership alone. The Church continues to demonstrate spiritual growth by its commitment to service, evangelism and discipleship. During the past three years, members of Lilly Grove have completed over 5000 Hours of volunteer service on “MLK Day of Service” to agencies such as the Salvation Army, South Union Place Apartments, Project Row Houses, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Shape Community Center and others. The Lilly Grove Medical Center Navigator was commissioned during January 2014. This ministry provides assistance and directions for patients and their families who are receiving care in the Texas Medical Center. In the area of Christian Education, Lilly Grove continues to record astronomical numbers in enrollment and attendance in Church and Vacation Bible School. The Lilly Grove Stephen Grief Support Ministry was launched in January of this year to assist with healing in all areas of loss. On February 14, 2016, the Church
Celebrated the 25th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev. Terry K. Anderson, the longest tenured Pastor at Lilly Grove.