When a small group of believers converged on the campus of Bishop College during the Summer of 1986, they had no idea what God was orchestrating behind the scenes.
Provisional Baptist Fellowship, a campus Christian fellowship, first met at Bishop College’s Zale Library before worshiping at Carr P. Collins Chapel. By September 15, 1986, they organized a church, elected a pastor, and officially adopted the name, Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church. The late Rev. Karry D. Wesley, a recent graduate of Bishop College, responded to the call and became the leader of the 539 charter members.
Soon after, the church decided to look for a more permanent home to worship. A search committee eventually discovered the unoccupied Hillcrest Family Life Center at 7408 South Hampton Road in Dallas. The growing body of believers worshiped at this location from December 1987 to October 2001.
As an act of God’s abiding abundance, the church facility was sold to Light of the World Church as construction of the Antioch Family Life Center was underway. Paul Quinn College’s Richard Allen Chapel served as an interim worship site from October 2001 to May 2002.
On Mother’s Day, May 14, 2002, Antioch moved into its Family Life Center, an 80,000 square foot facility with a large-scale Multi-Purpose Center, office and classroom space, bookstore, chapel and fellowship atrium. And on Sunday, October 31, 2004, Antioch entered and celebrated its new 54,000 square foot Worship Center that accommodates 2,800 members.
The late Reverend Dr. Karry D. Wesley faithfully led Antioch until his eternal transition on November 13, 2019.
Today, Antioch’s legacy and work continues under the leadership of Pastor Chris Wesley, who was named Senior Pastor on February 9, 2020.