History Of Sienna Ranch Baptist Church

The history of Sienna Ranch Baptist Church is a continuation of His Story that began before creation, climaxed at Calvary, and will be completed with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Like two tributaries flowing into one mighty river, Sienna Ranch Baptist Church began with the uniting of two Missouri City churches.  Interesting is the fact that Colony Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist Church originated out of Williams Trace Baptist Church now known as Sugar Land Baptist

In February of 1994, Colony Baptist held its initial worship service in Sugar Land, in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Dale Faulkner. After a couple of weeks, Colony Baptist Church was organized and began to meet for worship at Austin Parkway Elementary School.  John Wiltshire, was called to serve as initial pastor.

Early in 1997, seeing the new growth and projected expansion of Missouri City while at the same time a void of churches in the area, the Colony relocated to Elkins High School. Colony Baptist Church became the first church to be started along the Hwy. 6 corridor in Missouri City. After John Wiltshire’s resignation, Colony called Mark Dean in August of 1997 to become its pastor. God gave the church the vision to be “a colony of the Kingdom of God”. Selflessly the church began to show God’s love in practical ways to its neighbors.

It was by unanimous vote, on February 18, 1998, that the members of Williams Trace Baptist Church endorsed the recommendation of her Missions Committee to support the San Felipe Baptist Association, the Union Baptist Association, and the Baptist General Convention of Texas in the creation of a new Mission Church in the Sienna Plantation Development in East Fort Bend County.  A part of the motion was to name, Eddie R. Alley, the initial Pastor.

Fourteen families (37 people) gathered together for the first time on February 22, 1998 in the home of Keith and Cheryl  McAlpine.  On March 8, 1998, by unanimous vote, the church chose the name Trinity Baptist Church.

On Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998, the congregation met for the first time in the Burton Elementary School located in Teal Run.

Because of the church’s sense of call to center it’s ministry in Sienna Plantation with the intention of reaching out to all adjoining communities, the church relocated to Sienna Crossing Elementary school after it opened in September, 1998 and later relocated to the Sienna Club House.

The mission of Colony was to first minister to the families and communities located along State Highway 6 between Interstate 59 and 521. However, God has given us opportunities to minister beyond our immediate home as His work expands. In 1999, our student pastor became a missionary in Istanbul, Turkey. Members of our church have done mission work in China, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, and Haiti.

God placed in the heart of Colony the desire to search for land from which the church could gather for worship and utilize as a center from which to minister to its neighbors. In October of 1999, Colony purchased in cash a four-acre lot in Vicksburg subdivision for its church. The church completed it’s first building; a 10,800 square foot multi-purpose building that is used for worship and ministry in March of 2003.

On August 18, 1999, the fellowship of believers of Trinity Baptist declared and Williams Trace granted their intention to move from a mission status to an autonomous church, effective August 22, 1999.

After a successful fund raising campaign, Trinity purchased 13.584 acres of land from Johnson Development Corporation on August 7, 2001.  Trinity dedicated the holy ground to God on October 21, 2001, worshipping Him with song, testimony, the Lord’s Supper, baptism in a newly purchased water trough, and the building of an altar in honor of our Lord.

On December 19, 2003, the church sold 6 ½ acres to the Methodist Board of Missions and begin to make plans to build on the site.

In 2005 God led Colony to adopt an unreached people group in West Africa.  No mission organization and no church was taking the gospel to these people.  During the next four years the church would take 18 separate trips to remote villages showing God’s love and sharing his truth.  The church is committed to seeing these dear people know the Lord and share their faith throughout their land.

On June 15th, 2007, Rev. Chad Bertrand began his ministry at Trinity as Co-Pastor.  The next year Eddie Alley retired.

In 2009 God led Trinity and Colony to merge together into one church.  The new combined church would meet at their Vicksburg location until the Sienna building was complete in 2011.

Individually and together Sienna Ranch Baptist Church has supported:

  • the worldwide efforts by the San Felipe Baptist Association, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Southern Baptist Convention,
    and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • world hunger
  • Baptist Men of Texas Disaster Relief Teams
  • Texas Baptist Encampment
  • South Texas Children’s Home
  • Compassion Child
  • Allison Disaster Assistance
  • Katrina victim relief
  • “shoeboxes of essentials” to the Seamen’s Centers at the local shipping ports
  • Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes
  • Angel Tree Christmas gifts
  • Heart of Jesus Community Center
  • Fresno Food Pantry
  • Second Mile Ministry Center
  • The Crisis Pregnancy Center of Fort Bend County
  • air transportation and housing for a group of Austrian students and their sponsors helping them to attend the Baptist World Youth Conference in Houston,
  • and assisting numerous churches – local, across the US, and around the world – to accomplish their mission