In 1992, Rev. Keith Woody came to the Austin area with a burden to plant a Free Will Baptist Church. With Keith and Neva came a young couple, Wes and Marsha Hood, and together they began to meet in their apartment. As the Lord blessed, they were able to rent a store front and began the Austin Free Will Baptist Church on Research Blvd in North Austin. In 1994, just two years after they began, the church began to look for property. The first proposed location was desirable, but was also home to endangered spiders. Instead of being discouraged, they sought God and He led them to a piece of property on Cypress Creek Road. The church building was completed and the church officially changed its name to Lakehills Free Will Baptist Church.
Lakehills Church has been ministering to the Cedar Park community for twenty years. Keith, its founding pastor, remained faithful in serving Lakehills until his retirement in 2013. The foundation he laid for the church is strong. He built Lakehills on the Truth of the Word of God. He exhibited and instilled “love one another” as a pillar of the church’s culture. He envisioned a family of worship and fellowship that reached across racial and economic lines. His vision is alive and well.
In June, 2014, Allen Bowen began shepherding the Lakehills family. And although Allen isn’t Keith, Lakehills continues to carry out Pastor Keith’s vision. We are unapologetic in our commitment to the Truth of God’s Word. We continue to believe that we should “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your might” (Deut. 6:5), and that we should love one another. We continue to belong to a family of people from all walks of life, nationalities, cultures, ethnicities, and economic standing.
God has been faithful to Lakehills for twenty-two years, and we know that God will continue His faithfulness through the years to come.