Briarchase Missionary Baptist Church shines as a paradigm of times, illuminating the past, the present, and the possibilities for a blessed future, in which there will be a written poignant tribute to its spiritual greatness. This is our legacy. This is our history.
On December 18, 1977, Briarchase Missionary Baptist Church held its first worship service under the leadership of Reverend Oliver Jackson. A total of eleven people attended this service of what was then to be called Briarchase. Those in attendance were Margaret Ford, Rev. Oliver J. Jackson, Carline Jackson, Cottrell Webster, Bobby Wilson, Mary Wilson, Anthony Wilson, Melanie Wilson, Malissa Wilson and Malinda Wilson.
December 18, 1977
January 8, 1978
Briarchase was officially named “Briarchase Missionary Baptist Church” on January 8, 1978 by its Charter Members: Pastor Oliver Joseph Jackson, Carol Alderson, Patricia Ellis, Jennifer Ellis, Margaret Ford, Lonnie Hawkins, Beatrice Hawkins, Caroline Jackson, Valencia Jackson, Donna Jackson, Cottrell Webster, Sr., Jackie Webster, Bobby L. Wilson and Mary Wilson.
The doors of Briarchase officially opened, and members moved into the new church, our present building, on January 22, 1984. A dedication ceremony was held on February 12, 1984.
January 22, 1984
December 17, 1995
We were blessed to witness the mortgage burning ceremony at the Church’s 18th Anniversary, on the third Sunday, December 17, 1995. This fellowship has been under the leadership of Pastor Oliver Jackson (1978-1979); Acting Co-Interim Pastors Bobby Morgan and Clifford Looney (1979); Pastor Bobby Morgan (1979-1992); Interim Pastor Columbus Isabel (1993-1994); Pastor Todd M. Wheelock (1994-2001); Pastor McKenzie Carter (2001-2006); and Pastor D. Z. Cofield (2006-2009).
On April 21, 2009, Briarchase Missionary Baptist Church was blessed with Pastor Larry L. Grant. Under his leadership, Briarchase has experienced a growth in all our ministries. Briarchase has been blessed with the addition of the Academic wing with state-of-the-art technology for teaching, meetings, and studying God’s word. Additionally, audio web conferencing, a digital marquee, social media via Facebook and YouTube where numerous church activities are witnessed, and a multi-media Christian library have all been added to the church. The Weekly Bible Study and Sunday Worship Service is now livestreamed via “Facebook Live”.
April 21, 2009
December 3, 2017
On December 3, 2017, the Lord blessed Briarchase with Rev. Will Fortune Sr., previously Pastor of the Rock of Salvation Baptist Church in Missouri City. Rev. Fortune, his wife Betty Fortune, and some of his members joined Briarchase Missionary Baptist Church. They are very active and serve faithfully in Briarchase, the community, and the surrounding communities.
On July 29, 2019, Pastor Larry L. Grant and First Lady Sharon Grant celebrated their 10th Anniversary as Shepherd and First Lady of Briarchase Missionary Baptist Church. Weekly tributes were presented by various ministries during the Anniversary month of July. A special Anniversary service was held on July 21, 2019.
July 29, 2019
We thank God for all the individuals who laid the foundation for the church home that we all know and love today. It was through Dr. Bobby Wilson that the Briargate Clubhouse was acquired for the purpose of holding worship service, and the efforts of Rev. Oliver Jackson for canvassing this community, as well as surrounding communities, to stir interest in the establishment of the church known to us as Briarchase.