Throughout its long history, Waller Baptist Church has never ceased to preach God’s Word. Our church grew out of a little Sunday School class led by Miss Nettie Collins, Waller’s first school teacher, in the early 1890s. The class met in a one-room schoolhouse near our present church campus. The church was officially organized and became Waller Baptist Church under the leadership of J. E. McClurkin, and by 1894, the church membership was 57.
The church continued to meet in the schoolhouse until the first church building was built on the present church site and dedicated on August 16, 1896. The land for the church was presumably donated by C. C. Waller, for whom the town of Waller is named, and who, it is believed, served as pastor for a time. It was a long, white building with windows on both sides and a steeple that housed a large bell. The bell would be rung to remind people of the services. There was no baptistry, so new believers were baptized in a stock tank. That first building served the congregation until 1915, when a more “modern” building was built, debt-free, under the leadership of George N. Cook. It had a sunken baptistry in front of the pulpit.
In 1949, on Christmas Day, a new 2-story red brick church building was built and dedicated. But on Thursday, March 1, 1965, this building was totally destroyed by fire. Nothing was saved, and the cause of the fire never determined. One member was quoted as saying, “What a terrible experience to watch your church burn and not be able to do anything about it.”