Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you for taking a few minutes to visit our website.
We believe the Bible is the Word of God. The Scriptures are absolutely sufficient for all aspects of the Christian life:
Who We Are
We like to describe Liberty Baptist Church as “the little congregation with big hearts and strong faith in our faithful God.”
We are undeniably fundamental in our doctrine and conservative in our music and ministry.
If you have any questions regarding our church, your personal relationship with God, or the Bible, please contact us.
I would welcome the opportunity to meet you at one of our services! - Pastor Ed DeLapp
The Village Baptist Church of Bella Vista, Arkansas was officially organized on September 27, 1972. The congregation was comprised of 24 charter members under the leadership of Pastor Stanley W. Manus, Sr. The new congregation met in the Dug Hill Community Building in Bella Vista.
The church charter read:
“We the undersigned, guided as we believe, by the Holy Spirit
and relying upon His continued guidance
and the blessing of the Triune God,
do here, and now, by this act constitute ourselves
a New Testament Baptist Church
to administer His ordinances,
advance His worship,
encourage Christian fellowship,
and to be governed by His will,
as revealed in the New Testament,
and to that end affix our signatures to this Charter.”
Subsequent pastors included Don Worden, Lowell Barnard (interim), and J.C. Ford.
In 1977 Village Baptist Church purchased twelve acres of land in Bentonville, Arkansas. A beautiful building was constructed on the property at 2907 N. Walton Blvd. The name of the church was changed to Cardinal Creek Baptist Church.
Other pastors serving the congregation were Dr. Bernard Bancroft (interim), Harold Nieman, and Mark Nieman.
As a result of financial difficulties, Cardinal Creek Baptist agreed to trade facilities with Bethel Baptist Church. The new facility at 407 SW F Street in Bentonville had been completed in 1958, with several additions in the following years. With the change in facility on April 14, 1988, the church name was again changed to Liberty Baptist Church. A new wing was added for a Fellowship Hall and Kitchen.
Tom Tucker was called as pastor in January 1993. He was followed by Rex Rodgers in 1998, and Jimmie Wood in November 2011.
Current pastor, Ed DeLapp, began serving Liberty Baptist Church in April, 2015. He and his wife, Beverly, have served as missionaries in the Philippines. Ed has served several congregations as pastor in Missouri and Arkansas. He also was an instructor at Carver Baptist Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri, an assistant chaplain at the Jackson County Detention Center, and an administrative assistant at City Union Mission. Ed and Beverly have seven children, and a growing tribe of grandchildren.