Bellevue Baptist is a megachurch located in Cordova, Tennessee, just outside of Memphis. It is the largest church in the Mid-South and one of the largest churches in the nation with a membership of approximately 29,000.
History of Bellevue Baptist:
Bellevue Baptist was founded in 1903. The original church in Midtown Memphis was very small and has been described as "log cabin-like." It was nearly fifty years before Bellevue erected a new church, a 3,000 seat building that was one of the area's first air conditioned churches. Between 1952 and the mid 1980's, Bellevue experienced massive growth. This growth prompted the church to construct yet a larger facility. The new church building, located in Cordova, was completed in 1989 and seats more than 7,000.
To date, Bellevue Baptist Church has had only seven head pastors in its hundred-plus years of existence. Of these, the most notable include Dr. Robert G. Lee who pastored Bellevue from 1927 to 1960 and Dr. Adrian Rogers who pastored the church from 1972 until 2005. Dr. Rogers led Bellevue as it grew from 9,000 to more than 29,000 members. Today, Dr. Steve Gains is Bellevue's head pastor.
With so many members and a 400 acre campus, it is no wonder that Bellevue Baptist Church has so many activities available to people from all walks of life. These activities include: children's programs, singles groups for singles of all ages, sports teams, music lessons, college-age gatherings, men's and women's ministries, and Bible classes. In addition, the facility houses a bookstore and reference library.
Sundays -- 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays -- 6:30 p.m.
Sundays -- 8:00 a.m. on WPTY ABC24 in Memphis (one week tape delay) and 9:00 a.m. on WPXX-TV 50 in Memphis
Sundays -- 6:00 p.m. on WCRV-AM 640 in Memphis (live)
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