Our History

Our History

The Main Street Church began on the first Sunday afternoon in January 1962. Five families made up the congregation: the Burton Family (5 members), the Matthew family (5 members), the Meads family (5 members), the Simpson family (2 members) and Ms. Ella Garrison. Jack Burton was a member of the original Burton Family. The preacher was John Kauffman. The church met in the Allen school building. 

In 1963 the church built its first building at the Main Street location in Allen. The foundation was poured on August 16, 1963 and the frame was started on August 19, 1963. The building ran from north to south with the entrance facing Main Street. It was constructed of red brick with white trim. Later, a new building was erected on the same spot facing the east rather than the south. The east wall (back wall) of the new building was the only part of the original building left in place. A first set of classrooms was started on April 22, 1965 and completed later that year. These classrooms served as junior and senior high classrooms and the office. Air conditioning was added in 1966. Foy Vinson arrived at Main Street in 1968. Construction of a new foyer and auditorium began on July 2, 1969 and was completed in 1970. They replaced the original auditorium. Our remaining classrooms were started on May 5, 1976 and completed that year. The lot behind the building was purchased in 1986. 

On September 1, 1998 the church purchased a lot on Exchange and Alma in west Allen. The lot was purchased from The First Baptist Church of Allen. In the same deal, our existing building and lot on Main Street were sold to the First Baptist Church of Allen. On October 11, 1998 at a Mens meeting, it was decided to change the name from Main Street Church of Christ to West Allen Church of Christ. Ground breaking at the new site was done on October 26, 1998. Seventeen church members were present. 

The last Lords Day service conducted at the Main Street facility was 11/29/1998. The following Wednesday night Bible study on 12/2/1998 was the last meeting at that place. The church then began meeting at the Spring Creek Church of Christ facility in Plano on 12/6/1998. Services were held each Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Mid week services were held on Thursdays at 7:30 PM, thus avoiding conflict with the regular services held by the Spring Creek church. 

Byron McCollum of the Spring Creek church was the contractor who built the West Allen facility during the spring and summer of 1999. Several cleanup sessions were held by the members to avert some of the cost of the construction. The first meeting in the new facility was held on 10/13/1999, a mid week service. Ron Box led the singing service and Deward Sharp offered the first prayer. The first Lords day service was held on 10/16/1999 with Hugh Clark opening the service with a prayer. Ron Box led the song service. Each elder, Weldon Scott, Don White, Deward Sharp and Foy Vinson, took a few minutes to say some words to the congregation. The sermon, presented by Foy Vinson, was entitled Our New Building 1 Cor. 3: 9-11. The attendance was 167. In attendance was Jack Burton, one of the original members of the Main Street church, which started in 1962. J.B. Toler closed the service with announcements and a prayer. Al Geeslin was our first baptism in the new building on 10/21/1999, a Thursday evening. 

In September 2001 the sign in front of the church building was replaced with a double-sided sign. The new sign was constructed with a donation from Owana Todd to the church. A plaque was created in memory of Joe and Owana Todd for their contribution and placed on the sign in April 2002.

On September 18, 2005 a change in elders took place. Deward Sharp resigned from the eldership. Charles Jennings and Marty Bell became new elders.

On July 16, 2006, Foy Vinson preached his last sermon as the preacher at West Allen. Foy had been the only preacher since 1968. His last sermon title was The Lordship of Jesus. On July 23, 2006, Jerry King from Deer Park near Houston became the preacher. His first sermon was What to Expect. Foy Vinson remained as an elder.