History of the Living Water Baptist Church
On March 23, 1980, Pastor Adolph Thomas organized the Living Water Baptist Church (LWBC) upon the divine unction of the Holy Ghost. Some of the faith-filled original congregation who remains with us today is his wife, Mother Gladys Thomas & their children, Deacon Dennis Wright, Deaconess Ann Wright & their children, and Brother Sam Green. Our church name was biblically birthed and inspired by God in a vision to Pastor Thomas. The church held its first service at the Carl Chavis YMCA, High Point NC.
On that 4th Sunday in March, twenty-eight (28) members joined our church family and committed to building the kingdom of God. With great anticipation of God to do greater things in the life of our church, we relocated to a building on Fourth Street. After a brief period there, God opened another door for the LWBC family and enabled us to move in another facility located 609 Amos Street. Although, it provided us a place to worship, we still continued hoping, praying, and believing God for a more suitable place of worship to call our church home. It was then we moved into a building located on Brentwood Street without realizing that God will eventually bring us back to this street but in a different location. When most would have given up and settled, the people of LWBC kept the faith, looked to God for more, and would not stop until God gave us somewhere to call our own.
After 7 years of labor, continuously fasting and praying, the Lord did another great thing in our ministry. Suddenly we found ourselves in a growing stage that would not allow the Brentwood location to accommodate us. In 1987, the Hand of God moved in our favor as we purchased our first property located at 166 Ravina Lane. We stayed there for many years carrying out the Will of God. While in this place, many came and went, deacons & deaconess were ordained, ministers were licensed to preach the gospel, auxiliaries were formed, and the LWBC continued to grow. The need for space and expansion became a great demand.
As a result of this growth and another vision from the Lord, on July 11, 1999, the LWBC family moved to 1300 Brentwood, where we are today, walking by faith and not by sight. Without doubt, our church anthem is true;
We Have Come This Far By Faith!
During a period of illness and declining health, Pastor Thomas realize just as Moses did in Deuteronomy 31 that he must prepare the church to carry on in his latter days. In 2003, LWBC learned to adjust to major changes. While adjusting to a new pastor LWBC experienced the lost of the founder. The days of our founder came to an end as the Lord called Pastor Thomas home to an eternal rest. Rev. Tavaris L. Johnson was installed as pastor in January 2002 and served until September 2004.
Pastor Robert & Evangelist Likesha Morgan Tillman served as phenomenal leaders of the Living Water Baptist Church (LWBC) from September 2004 until February 2007. They answered to an assignment of spiritual urgency at LWBC to rebuild the ministry. As the thirdly installed leaders of LWBC, Pastor & Lady Tillman's focus and mission was to help God's people understand their God-given purpose, empower, motivate, and push them to their ultimate destiny. Their practical approach to God's word made Living Water Church, the church "where the spirit of God is the flowing force." After Pastor Tillman transitioned to another ministry opportunity, God lead the various Pastors to lead his flock:
- Reverend Wallace Powell
- Reverend Dr. Darryl Napper
- Reverend Dayhige M. Wright (Aug. 2014- present).
We are certaintly standing on the promises of God, beliving that the "BEST IS YET TO COME".