A Brief History...
In January 1961, enough interest for a church in the Sans Souci area was sufficient to support a plan for the work here. Four families - Brothers Hardin, Nance, Stephenson and Loupe and their families along with the Cokers, Duggers, Breedloves, Lavenders, Terrys, Debouches, Ragans, and Wallace’s from Arlington together with the Graham Black family from Post & Nelson formed the nucleus of the Dean Road church of Christ.
Their first service was February 5, 1961 at the Recreation Building in Wurn Park, and then in June 1961 they moved into a house across the street from the church’s present location. With great faith they purchased five acres of land at 1968 Dean Road and in October 1962, the building program was begun. The initial building which was an educational building with half to be temporarily used as an auditorium was completed about the middle of December.
During that first year, 12 were restored and 2 baptized (Buddy Dugger at summer camp and Daniel Wallace in November).
The average recorded attendance during that first year was 84 for Sunday A.M. service, 76 for Sunday evening, and 59 for Wednesday evening. During the first 11 months, contribution amounted to $9,954.75. This contribution was supported by Christians from all over the south and without their support; the work here would have suffered.
During the first year, many problems were solved and the work flourished. The Debouches and Breedlove's returned to Arlington, while the Agees, Barnes, Drakes, Hollis’s, Kovars, Norris, Plants, Pounders, Ramsey’s, Sebastian’s, Davis’, Perkins and Slater families joined the work here. The Stephenson’s, Patton’s and Terry’s were transferred to other cities.
After a thorough investigation of their backgrounds, Brothers Nance and Loupee were appointed Elders. A short time later Brothers Coker, Black and Lavender were selected as Deacons.
Five brothers shared the duties of Preaching (Nance, Hardin, Loupee, Ragan, Pounders) and occasionally, when needed, Brother Stevenson. Brother Sebastian assumed the duties of Treasurer.
Dean Road church of Christ has been blessed with many fine leaders over the years that have played a dramatic part in its spiritual and numerical growth. We have enthusiastic and talented teachers and are proud that our young people can find guidance and involvement. The solid faith and direction of our older, long-standing members combined with the vision and determination of our younger members provides the strength for us to accomplish our goals for the future.
We dedicate these pages to our spiritual forefathers who cherished truth and passed on to us the opportunity to serve. May God continue to bless the fellowship and work of his servants at Dean Road; and may they be allowed to reach out and touch others with the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.