Our church started out as the vision of 2 men, Pastor Gary Don Sandlin and Larry Eddington, who were total strangers to each other, brought together by a mutual friend. They met for the first time in January 2001 at a local restaurant to discuss their vision of a church centered around bikers.
They held their first service on February 19th, 2001 at Richmond Road Baptist Church, in Texarkana, Texas on a Tuesday night in order to not interrupt Richmond Road‘s Wednesday night service. Richmond Road became the 1st Biker’s Church’s sponsor and support team to help get the vision up and running.
In one year’s time, 1st Biker’s Church moved to a garage on Pastor Gary Sandlin’s property and held the first service at the new location in January 2002. At this time, the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas, (BMA), came on board to help with sponsorship for our church.
On October 27, 2007, we became organized as an official Church. Shortly thereafter, we found a more permanent home at 12th & Walnut St., Texarkana, TX.
God blessed us with the new location, but not without the ultimate sacrifice of the lives of two of our church members. Trask Cockrum died in August 2007 of a massive heart attack after working in the church attic on a very hot day. Our Associate Pastor, Paul Fisher was killed December 2007 in the church parking lot by a drunk driver while making renovations to our new building. The loss of these two members only made us more determined through God’s strength that we would continue to do God’s will in spreading the word of Jesus Christ.
Our congregation is not only made up of bikers, but is really considered more of a diverse group of people, who were missed by the more traditional churches. We have one common thread…the love of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Our church band, Glory Ride will get you tapping your foot, clapping your hands, or may even have you up off your seat as the gospel music with a contemporary country sound kicks off the service.
Look for our service days and times here.
If you are ever in our neck of the woods…come as you are, and stop in for a little while. You may find yourself leaving with a renewed spirit and with a need to return again.
Thanks again for dropping in and hope to see you very soon.