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History of Liberty Baptist Church

In the year 1986, Bro. Bill Harty retired and moved back to Naples, Texas. Upon the urging and with the help of some old and dear friends, Liberty Baptist Church organized. The first meeting was on June 15, 1986 at the Double D. Restaurant in downtown Naples. There were 12 present at this first service. Meetings were held in the Cafe on Sunday mornings and in homes on Sunday and Wednesday nights. In July of 1986 the City of Naples rented to the church the old American Legion Hall on Baker Street and renovations on the building began. Debris was shoveled out of the old building and a new roof was installed. The first service at the American Legion Hall was on August 17, 1986 with 24 present. The church continued to grow with people bringing lawn chairs to sit on during services. Worship was held in the American Legion Hall until 1991 when the new sanctuary was built at the church's current location at 210 Daingerfield Street in Naples. The church continued to grow and in 1993 The Men of Texas came and erected the education building.

Bro. Bill Harty retired in January of 1999 after service as the Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church for 13 years. In April of 1999 the Church called Bro. David Freeman as pastor. Bro. David then resigned from that position in September of 1999. In December of 1999 the Church called Bro. Hugh Gibbs as pastor and his first service was on the 19th of the same month. Bro. Gibbs served several years as the Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church before passing away. Following Bro. Hugh's death the Church called Bro. Roy Conatser to lead as Pastor. Bro. Roy led the flock for several years before resigning in December of 2011. In May of 2012 Liberty called Bro. Shane Sibley to serve as interim pastor and then called him as full time Pastor in September of the same year.

In February of 2001 Liberty Baptist Church voted to join the Southern Baptist Convention of Texas and in May of 2001 joined the Harmony-Pittsburg Baptist Association.

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