About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family.

Who we are

This church is a Baptist church by conviction and principle, not by affiliation. This means that we believe the basic Bible teachings for which Baptists have historically stood. As Baptists, we believe the following: the Bible is our sole authority for all matters of faith and practice. The church should be self-governing. The believer does not need a priest, other than Jesus Christ, to come boldly to God. Every Christian has equal access to God personally. God’s Word gives us two ordinances for the church-baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Each person is individually responsible for his decision to accept Christ. The separation of church and state is biblical. The believer is eternally secure and cannot lose salvation. There are two biblical offices in the church – pastor and deacons. For a more detailed account of these principles with supporting Scriptures please refer to our beliefs page.

Where we come from

The Parkside Baptist Church is located in Mesquite, Texas which is a part of the Dallas metroplex. This great church has been a shining lighthouse of the Gospel and Christian growth for many generations. Its rich history is a testimony of God’s wonderful blessings. The church was founded as the Prairie Creek Bible Baptist Church by Dr. Martin May on October 15, 1980.


In October of 1984, Dr. Martin May was led of the Lord to retire. When Dr. May retired, the church called his son, Dr. Larry May, as their pastor. Under Dr. Larry May’s leadership the church relocated three times due to continued growth. Then through a chain of miraculous events, in February of 2005, the church moved to its current location. Situated right off of I-635 and Gross Road PBC is located beside one of the city’s most prestigious parks.


Parkside Baptist Church presently sits on a beautiful six-acre campus with 62,000 square feet of building space, an auditorium with a large seating capacity, over 50 Sunday school classes, and a full-size gymnasium.

On October 7, 2009, after over 25 years of faithful service as pastor, Dr. Larry May announced his retirement. On December 6, 2009 Parkside Baptist Church voted to call Dr. Mike Wells as their pastor. Since Dr. Wells has become pastor, Parkside Baptist Church has experienced tremendous growth and excitement.


Today, Parkside Baptist Church continues to be greatly used of God. Through the life changing teaching, preaching, and practical Christian living its members are enjoying the blessings of God. Visiting Parkside Baptist Church is an experience that every person will enjoy and benefit from. Being a member brings blessings beyond compare.


Where we're headed

What's the bottom line? More than ever, Parkside Baptist Church is committed to reaching people with the Gospel of Christ. And as we move forward as a church family, teaching the Truths of the Word of God remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.