On August 19, 1962, Rev. Sherman H. Bedford, Sr., (1962-2003) was called to the pastorate. After a few months of leadership at St. Paul, Rev. Bedford saw the membership increase rapidly. Since the current location was not large enough to house the membership, Rev. Bedford suggested buying some lots at 329 SW 41st Street. Sensing urgency and seeing the future of St. Paul, Rev. Bedford recommended that a new church be built as soon as possible. The church building was completed July 28, 1963. The church family marched by candlelight to 329 SW 41st Street; where the church stood. Rev. Bedford’s motto was, “Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who built it.” On August 31, 2003, our beloved pastor retired after forty-two years of faithful service to God’s children.
On October 6, 2004, the church held a special meeting to elect one of three nominees for pastor. Kennith G. Rogers, received the majority of the votes, and on Sunday, October 7, 2004, Minister Rogers was given a letter which stated “after much prayer and being led by the Holy Spirit, the members of our congregation feel that you are God’s choice as Shepherd of this flock.” Minister Rogers stated his appreciation and thanks for the offer and his acceptance of the same. He asked for the church’s sincere prayers that our labor together may be richly blessed by the Lord and further the Lord’s kingdom.
Pastor Rogers’s installation service was held on Sunday, December 12, 2004 with Dr. Howard Anderson, Pastor of Coliseum Park Baptist Church delivering the installation message. After the installation service, Pastor Rogers began an aggressive agenda and initiated many necessary church building improvements by getting the needed facility upgrade work done.
Knowing much about the seventy year legacy of the church, we know that prayer is our greatest resource and recourse. In June 2014, under the leadership of Senior Pastor Rogers and E. G. Construction Company the construction of a state-of-the art facility was begun using the architectural drawings of Powers Goolsby Architects on the property situated at Estrella and SW 41st Street. A “Temporary Certificate of Occupancy” was granted by the City of San Antonio on August 3, 2017. The inaugural worship service was August 13, 2017. “Look where the Lord has brought us.” TO GOD BE THE GLORY!