Our Identity

We are a covenant community of born again, baptized believers who are bound together in unity with each other by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are committed to honoring God through the preaching, teaching, and practicing of what God has revealed in His Word.  We have a passion for serving people.  We rejoice in sharing the gospel, with the aim of seeing people reconciled to God when they receive by faith the free and sure gift of eternal life in Christ.  And we aim to help each other find purpose, fulfillment, and true contentment in life through glorifying God.

OUR PURPOSE

Our purpose is to share the transforming love of Jesus Christ and to honor Him through worship, obedience, and service to others.  We strive to achieve our purpose by:  sharing our faith, worshiping the Lord, developing spiritual health, and serving others in Jesus' name.

Our History

Dr. Herbert Pedersen served as Pastor for First Baptist Oak Cliff (FBOC) for 19 years, during which time FBOC planted 22 mission points.  Longbranch began in February 1993 as one of FBOC's mission churches.  We originally launched as a core group of 14 people meeting in Dr. Pedersen's home under the name Lake Ridge Chapel.  In February 1997, we acquired the current church property at the corner of FM 1387 and Longbranch Road in Midlothian.  That year, we changed our name to Longbranch Community Baptist Church, and we began meeting in a mobile unit on the site.  We dedicated our first permanent building in 1998.  In 2001, we completed the balcony in the worship facility and built "The Village" complex of buildings to accommodate growing needs for Sunday School, office, and dining space.  In 2004, we dedicated a new multipurpose facility, which now houses our worship, Children's Sunday School, fellowship, recreation, and Parent's Day Out activities.  Throughout our years of growth and expansion, we have maintained a commitment to glorifying God and honoring His revealed Word.  

Our Staff

Longbranch Community Baptist Church is congregationally governed, reflecting our affirmation of the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:9; Hebrews 10:19-22).  Our church body has called men to lead through service, in the biblically defined roles of pastor (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Timothy 3:1-7) and deacon (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13).  The pastor oversees the spiritual well-being of the church, with the assistance of deacons who minister to the many practical needs of the congregation.  God has blessed Longbranch with faithful, Christ-centered leaders.

  • Our Worship Leader

    Craig McBroom has been involved in our Music Ministry since his family joined LCBC in 2000.  He has served as our bi-vocational worship leader since 2007 and works in the IT world for BancTec during the week.  Craig and his wife, Melanie, have two adult daughters and one granddaughter.

  • OUr Pastor

    Dr. Herbert (Herb) L. Pedersen helped start Longbranch as a mission church of First Baptist Church of Oak Cliff back in 1993.  He has pastored for over fifty years and was previously Director of Missions at the Baptist General Convention of Texas.  Herb earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Divinity from Dallas Baptist University, and has completed post doctoral work through Oxford University-England.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Baptist University.  Herb and his wife, Barbara, have three adult daughters, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

  • Our Preschool Coordinator

    Melissa Stephenson has worked in our Children's Ministry since joining our church in 2003.  She has worked in Preschool and Children's Ministry for over twenty years.  Melissa is also a faithful member of our Prayer Shawl Ministry.  She and her husband, Kevin, have two sons and three grandchildren.

  • Our Student Coordinator

    Bill Nicholson is a founding member of Longbranch.  In addition to serving as the Student Coordinator, Bill sings with the Praise Team, helps with administrative tasks, and works with the maintenance of the buildings and grounds.  Bill and his wife, Juanice, have two adult daughters, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

  • Our Financial/office administrator

    Angie Cagle is a founding member of Longbranch.  She has served in the church office since 2002.  She also leads our Kidz Blast activities on Sunday evenings and sings with the Praise Team.  Angie received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989.  In addition to her work at Longbranch, Angie works for Dallas Baptist Universtiy as Director of Parent Services and Undergrad Admissions.  Angie and her husband, David, have four children.

  • Our Activities minister

    David Thorman became our Activities Minister in 2017 after working in youth ministry for six years.  He began his studies at Texas State University and is currently finishing his degree through Western Governors University.  David works for the Mansfield Independent School District during the week in the Special Education Department.  David's wife, Clayton, also helps in working with our young people, and she is currently pursuing a masters degree in college ministry through Truett Seminary.