In Jerusalem, A.D. 30, Jesus died on the cross, resurrected on the third day and then ascended into heaven.
50 days after Jesus’ resurrection, the Holy Spirit fell on the apostles, giving them power, purpose and a plan.
Around A.D. 34, on the road to Damascus, the Lord transformed the heart of Saul, a man who persecuted countless Christians—and Saul became Paul.
After this conversion, the gospel spread further through the ministries of Paul and Peter.
In A.D. 80, Christianity had spread to the countries of France and Tunisia. 20 years later, the first Christians were reported in Monaco, Algeria and Sri Lanka.
By A.D. 280, Christianity was no longer confined just to urban areas. It spread to rural Northern Italy. Now, an estimated 10% of the world’s population identified themselves as Christian, and the Bible was available in 10 languages.
Almost 200 years later, Pope Gregory I sent Augustine of Canterbury and a team of missionaries to present-day England. Their mission was to reintroduce the gospel there. Within the first year, they baptized 10,000 people.
By 1200, the Bible was available in 22 languages, but it wasn’t until 1462 that Gutenberg invented his printing press in Germany. The ability to make many copies of the Bible would affect the spread of the gospel in new and exciting ways.
In Spain, Pope Alexander VI wanted to send Catholic missionaries to the New World. As a result, Christopher Columbus took priests with him on his second journey to the Americas, and by 1514, the Franciscan priests had reached California with the gospel.
In 1680, the first Franciscan missionaries arrived in Texas.
The early 1700s saw the rise of the Great Awakening in America, where both George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards stirred revival throughout the colonies.
In 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention formed in Augusta, Georgia, and decided to take the gospel out West. Thirteen families settled on the Texas plains, establishing the Holford Prairie Church.
By 1882, that church had grown to 37 people and had to move into town, creating First Baptist Church of Lewisville.
The church multiplied in 1962, planting Lakeland Baptist Church just down the road, who in turn planted Highland Village First Baptist Church in 1978.
Then, in 2002, Highland Village First Baptist Church experienced a change in name. It became known as The Village Church after Matt Chandler took the lead pastor position. Soon after, a new Constitution and Bylaws was adopted, with elders governing the church.
In 2005, The Village planted Providence Church in Frisco. Multiplication sped along with CityView Church being planted in Keller just a year later.
In June 2007, The Village and Grace Temple Baptist Church united, and the Denton campus was born.
Due to a huge amount of growth, the Highland Village campus moved to a larger building—a vacant grocery store—and became the Flower Mound campus. That same year, the third campus formed, as The Village merged with Northway Baptist Church to form the Dallas Northway campus.
The Village’s third church plant, The Door, opened in 2011.
In 2012, The Village purchased a building for its fourth campus, in Fort Worth.
Ever-increasing multiplication sent Blake Chilton to plant Declaration Church in Bryan-College Station in 2014.
In that same year, The Village purchased a church building in the city of Plano and opened its fifth campus.
In 2014, the elders shared with the church their vision for transitioning campuses into autonomous churches. That next year, the Denton campus transitioned into an autonomous church, The Village Church Denton, naming Beau Hughes as pastor.
In 2016, The Village launched its sixth campus, in Southlake.
In 2017, The Village set forth a vision and timeline to transition its remaining campuses within the next five years, as well as launching a church planting network in the DFW area.