During the late summer of 1944, a small group of devout Christian Baptist men and women under the leadership of Reverend W. L. Humphrey met in the home of Bro. and Sis. Lindsey Adams of Barrett Station, TX.
They went down in prayer asking God's guidance and leadership in organizing the True Vine Missionary Baptist Church. According to Matthew 21:22, "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
Our founders were: Deacon and Sister Jewel Brady, Deacon and Sister Neil Wyatt, Deacon and Sis. Sam Phillips, Sister Victoria Reed and Deacon and Sister Lindsey Adams. Brother Brady became the first chairman of the Deacon Board. Sister Victoria Reed became the first church secretary.
Prayerful, these few faithful servants went about their Fathers' work. Thus, the first shelter was built. It was an arbor, built of branches and vines gathered by the men of the Church. It was located on Crosby Lynchburg Road.
People came from far and near to hear our spirit filled minister, Reverend W. L. Humphrey. We feel he was probably led by the teachings of Timothy. "Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity." I Timothy 2:7 and II Timothy 4:2, "Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." The growth of the church was overwhelming and in 1945 with much prayer, the property at 410 Oak Street was purchased from Mr. Tidbit who contributed the first $60 toward the building. In the latter part of 1945 the small white framed building was completed and the Holy Spirit dwelled within because of the unceasing prayers of the true believers and the great love shown to one another and their God. In 1951, this building was replaced by a tile building under the continued leadership of Reverend Humphrey who served us well and faithful until his death.
Our second Pastor was Reverend Leroy Vaugh, a champion for the Lord who served for two years after which a dynamic man of God, Reverend William Trower served. Reverend Rodgers succeeded Reverend Trower for a short time until Reverend W. W. Washington, a God inspired man led our flock for nearly twenty years. Reverend Washington led the charge to erect a beautiful and more comfortable edifice for the Lord which is the present day Fellowship Hall. Following Pastor Washington's death, many of God's chosen served to lead the flock, but in 2007 after much prayer, Pastor Christopher Carter Sr. became True Vine's "Drum Major for the Lord". Pastor Carter's passion and love for Christ ignited a spark in the True Vine church family who are now striving to ignite the Barrett Station community as a Contagious church for the Lord!