|The Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist
Church was established in March
of 1983 in a public park located
on maple Ave. in Dallas Texas.
The meeting in the park was called
and coordinated by Pastor Yohannes
Eggigu and about ten Ethiopians
living in the greater Dallas area
were in attendance. Pastor Yohannes
was a long time Ethiopian Airlines
pilot prior to moving to Dallas
with his family. The Lord used
him as an instrument to plant
After the church
was planted the first order
of business was to find a meeting
place. Pastor Yohannes with
the help of other Ethiopians
started looking for a place
of worship on a Thursday for
the Sunday meeting. But what
happened next could only be
described as a divine intervention.
After choosing the area that
would be more accessible to
most Ethiopians living in Dallas,
the first place they called
was the Highland Baptist Church.
The person who answered the
phone was none other than the
pastor himself, Pastor Aubrey
Patterson. Dr. Patterson, mentioning
that it was an answer to his
prayers, asked them to come
to the church right away. That
was how this church was founded,
as a mission of the Highland
Soon after the establishment
of the church, the leader, Pastor
Yohannes, and his family had
to move away from Dallas for
personal reasons. That left
the church without a leader.
Lack of leadership impeded the
church's growth and its very
existence was in question. There
were some Sundays where only
four people were in attendance.
There were suggestions to stop
the meetings. However with the
help of Pastor Patterson and
his staff, some key members
of the church kept the meetings
going and started looking for
Pastor Zeleke Alemu, who lived
in Sweden at the time, was contacted
and an invitation was extended
to him by Highland Baptist Church
to come and lead the Ethiopian
Church. Under Pastor Alemu’s
leadership and guidance the
church got its first organizational
structure and experienced substantial
growth in the number of members
and services conducted. Several
revival meetings were conducted
every year to reach out to the
unsaved. And a few house Bible
study sessions and prayer meetings
were started to serve the members.
The most notable of these services
was the weekend retreats that
were held at the Mt. Lebanon
Baptist Encampment. These retreats
were made possible by the coordination
and involvement of Ms. Patty
Lane of BGCT.
In May 1988, Highland Baptist
Church, which has now a new
leadership, told the Ethiopian
Church to find another place
of worship. The facility that
was used by the Ethiopian group
was needed for another program.
After a long and exhaustive
search the Lord led the group
to Lake Side Baptist Church.
It was here with the guidance
of the pastor and his capable
staff the church experienced
a tremendous growth. In 1989
Pastor Zeleke and his family
after leading the church for
six years had to move on to
The congregation called Pastor
Seifu Kebede to take the leadership.
It was Pastor Seifu’s visionary
leadership, organizational skills
and dedication to the work of
the Lord that put the church
on the right direction to accomplish
what we are here to celebrate
today. It was him who mobilized
the congregation to purchase
this building, which is probably
the highlight of his, many achievements
as the pastor of this church.
In Feb. 1997 when Pastor Seifu
resigned from the pastorate,
the church called his young
assistant, Pastor Bedilu T.
Yirga to be the pastor. The
Lord is using the current pastor
and his staff to accomplish
a wonderful work. Currently
the church is enjoying the highest
number of membership, and a
victorious spiritual growth.
As of October 3, 2004 we have
moved to a new location in the
city of Garland. Refer to "Contact"
page to see address and map.
Praise the Lord!