In the summer of 1988, college students employed by the local Baptist Association canvassed neighborhoods in and around Chattanooga looking for a potential location for a new mission. Of all the areas surveyed the Dallas Bay community was identified as the most favorable spot. The McConnell School was secured as a Sunday morning meeting place and the first service was held in July of that year. What was unique is this mission was not the result of a church split. It was truly a well-planned, Spirit-led missions effort. Rev. Roger Redmond was asked to lead the fledgling group until a permanent pastor could be found. During that time the mission began a Sunday School, Sunday evening services and Wednesday evening Bible Study.
In January 1990 Ken Duggan was called as the mission's first full time minister. There were about two dozen members. God has since increased our membership many times to now over 2100. We have carried out five building programs and are beginning a sixth. The first was a sanctuary and education building completed in July of 1991. The second building was completed in the fall of 1992 and houses a full kitchen and education space. The third was an interim sanctuary, which will later become the fellowship hall, completed in January 2000. The fourth was the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) completed in February of 2001. The L.E.C. consists of gym floor, education space, commercial kitchen and administrative offices. Two youth facilities are now completed and open: The first--the MET--opened May 2004; the second--the Refuge--opened January 2008. The future plans include two additional phases. First will be a two-story education wing with state-of-the-art preschool facility and an updated children's area, all that will eventually connect to a 2,100 seat worship center, the final phase of the master plan.