A Church is born...
Bellville Baptist Church was established specifically as an English-speaking Baptist Church in 1946 by Rev. J van der Colff from the ‘Parow Baptiste Kerk’. On the 26th of July 1946 Rev. van der Colff was invited to be the first Pastor of Bellville Baptist Church (BBC) and he graciously accepted the invitation. At this stage there was no church building, there was only a weekly fellowship held in somebody’s home. The foundation stone of BBC was laid on the 6th of September 1947 and the church building was officially opened on the 6th of June 1948.By 1949 the church had 42 faithful members attending Sunday services as well as over 50 children attending the Sunday School.
Laying of the foundation stone
The first Church
By the 10th of August 1954 BBC had established a church (1954) and Sunday School (1952) in Wayside (Bellville South), a Saturday night prayer meeting, a church in Strand, an Afrikaans Baptist Church in Somerset West and a church library (at BBC). BBC also helped establish a Church in George in 1957.
Inside the Old Church
Wayside Sunday School
In April 1960 a Sunday school was established in Kuils River and by the end of 1960 there was another church established in Paarl. IN 1962 the first men’s fellowship was held at BBC. In 1966 a missionary committee and cradle roll was formed. By the end of 1973 BBC (in collaboration with Durbanville Baptist Church) assisted the Goodwood fellowship to acquire property to build a church. In 1979 a Portuguese fellowship was started by one of the deacons in BBC and the O50’s (Over Fifties Club) was birthed. There was also a group created to care for University students and another to look after Young Married Couples. The first Church camp was held in 1980. The first Elder of BBC was elected in 1984. In 1987 a fellowship was started in Swellendam.
1973 - Opening of New Church
First Service in New Church building
Thus far the LORD has kept us...
"For the LORD is good; His loving kindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations."
1967 - 21 year celebration
1996 - 50 year celebration
2016 - 70 year celebration