The Legacy and History of Lake Country Church
In 1975, Lake Country Baptist church was officially started with Bill O'Brien as pastor meeting first in the Country Club of Lake Country and then to the Eagle Mountain Athletic Center. Lake Country Estates developers gave 4 1/2 acres to build on, at ground breaking four doves were released. Upon release each dove fly in a different direction; North, South, East and West. This became the mantra and logo of the church.
A sanctuary and classrom facilty were completed in 1976 when Bill O'Brien announced that he would be leaving to work with Foreign Missions once again. Jesse and Darlene McElreath became the youth ministers.
In 1980, the church body believed they should have a Christian school and began preparations and in September, Lake Country Christian School (K-8) opened with 35 students with Dr. Jesse McElreath as the first administrator.
May - Jim Hylton began a meeting in New Albany, Indiana which would forever change the course of Lake Country Baptist Church. Revival broke out in the services in Indiana and Jim and Jane Hylton were involved in an 18-week move of the Holy Spirit right out of the New Testament. Jim brought the revival home to Lake Country and they began a journey discovering who they were in Christ.
Shortly after, in 1984, the church broke ground on a gym-a-torium for the school, which is now the sanctuary of Lake Country Church. With so many people traveling from all over the Metroplex to attend the church a second campus was birth with called Resotration Church.
In 1996, The church changed their name from Lake Country Baptist Church to Lake Country Church, an independent and non-denominational fellowship.
Dr. Jesse McElreath retired as Senior Pastor and would become Pastor Emeritus. Gateway Church in Southlake sent Jeff Drott and Gateway members who lived in the vicinity to join the Lake Country campus, then eventually pastors Stephen Leblanch and Randy Thomas.
In 2018, Scott Crenshaw was asked to serve as interim pastor. Dr. Jesse McElreath was promoted to glory and his Celebration of Life was held at Lake Country Church in 2020. The Lake Country family along with it’s elders affirmed Scott Crenshaw as their senior pastor.