Monday, November 23, 2015
Big Beaver Baptist Church was founded in 1955 by Rev. Harold Moran and a few Troy families. The tiny congregation quickly purchased a home at 3193 Rochester Road and worshiped there until 2005. As the congregation drew new members from a larger geographic area the name of the church was changed to the Troy Baptist Church (1962) and spacious auditoriums were built adjacent to the converted house (1973 and 1980.)
In 2002 the Troy Baptist Church became the Woodside Bible Church and three years later the congregation moved to its present location on Rochester Road between Square Lake Road and South Blvd. Since 2005 Woodside has become a nondenominational multi-site church with weekly attendance of over 9,000 people at 12 distinct campuses in the Detroit metropolitan area. They include: Warren, White Lake, Royal Oak, Lake Orion, Farmington Hills, Detroit, Romeo, Pontiac, Plymouth, Dearborn, and Lapeer. In 2010 Woodside was listed in Outreach Magazine as the 86th largest church in America, and the 94th fastest growing megachurch in the country. Doug Schmidt has served as the senior pastor at Woodside Bible Church in Troy since 1991.
Exterior and interior views of Woodside Bible Church
To commemorate the City of Troy’s 60th Anniversary in 2015, we will publish a different story each day that highlights a person, discovery, or event that occurred locally, regionally, nationally, or even globally between 1955 and 2015 and that helped shape our lives and our community. We will try to post stories on important anniversary dates, but we also realize that dates are less critical than content and context. We will include the facts related to controversial stories, allowing our readers to form their own opinions. We invite you to read and comment on the stories. Your suggestions for topics are also welcome and can be posted on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TroyHistoricVillage. You can also email stories or ideas to the 365 Story Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org