Church History

Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony had its beginning on the 13th day of May 1981.

Brother Larry and Sister Janie Jackson saw a need to formalize a body of believers and from that particular time they were inspired of God. They met with their parent church, the First Baptist Church of The Colony, and began to hold services for Friendship Baptist Church in their home. The first minister to direct then was Rev. E. T. Thomas, who worked with the church for approximately 4 months before he concluded his service.

During the period from September 1981 to January 1982 the church was without a Pastor. In January 1982, Rev. J. A. Howard was called to serve at Friendship Baptist Church as their official Pastor. The church witnessed growth and basically sung congregational Hymns, but they had a joyous time in worship and praise. The first church service was held on February 14, 1982 at the United Methodist Church of The Colony. Services were held there for approximately two months. In March of 1982, Friendship was a Mission Church with the Southern Baptist Convention and became a full-bodied member in 1984. In April of 1982, the family of believers were given a place to worship of its own, at which time it was a shared relationship with the membership of Camey Baptist Church of Frisco, Texas. Shortly after which the Camey Congregation, on May 1, 1982, decided to turn the keys to the building over to the Friendship Baptist Church and from that point on Friendship had sole occupancy of the building. 

Under the directions and leadership of Rev. J. A. Howard a Youth Program was organized and directed by Rev. Charles Malone, who also directed both the Youth and Adult Choirs. His tenure ended in December 1982. In February of 1983, Rev. J. A. Howard concluded his services at Friendship.

On July 3, 1983, Rev. C. Paul and Sis Ida McBride came to Friendship as Pastor and wife. The membership at this time had decreased to 16, but began to grow immediately. Under the leadership of Pastor McBride the church now has in excess of 40 ministries & auxiliaries; fifteen men serve as assistant pastors or associate ministers (of which 11 committed to the ministry under his leadership); there are 34 men who now serve actively as Deacons, and we currently have 7 Deacon candidates in training to help serve the ever increasing number the Lord is adding to the church.

In January 1992 we moved into a new 450 seat sanctuary which we rapidly out grew and in May of 1999 Friendship was blessed again to move into this present facility, which more than doubled our seating capacity. The church now has a membership of over 2000 members. As the Lord continues to bless us it is our responsibility to evangelize, to direct, to baptize, and to disciple God’s people.

We moved into our third building, The C. Paul McBride Family Life Center in November of 2005. God has blessed us with a facility that has a regulation size gym with a stage, a commercial kitchen, a banquet room, a nursery suite, a library, 10 classrooms, a youth multi-purpose room and an administrative suite with eight offices, a conference room and copier / workroom. The Family Life Center is not the end of our ministry, but the beginning. In June of 2006 we held our first Summer Day Camp which was a huge success. In 2011, God called Pastor C. Paul McBride to his retirement. We celebrated he and his wife's legacy with much fanfare. Friendship appointed Rev. Gregory Trotter as Interim Pastor in 2012. We praise God for all He has done and continues to do in His church.