Winchester Road Baptist Church was started in 1987 when the Madison Baptist Association realized the need for more churches in the Huntsville area. Huntsville was growing with space related jobs that were coming to the area.


Winchester Road Baptist Church was started in 1987 when the Madison Baptist Association realized the need for more churches in the Huntsville area because it was continuously growing with space related jobs.

The Madison Baptist Association purchased 12 acres of land for WRBC and several nearby churches agreed to assist in the startup of the church. At first, meetings were held in members' homes and garages. The first official church service was held on March 2, 1987, at Jackson Way Baptist Church since there was not yet a meeting place for WRBC.

WRBC started with 24 charter members and in 1988, Pastor Hal Howard was selected to lead this new church in its quest to serve the community for Christ. In 1990, WRBC became formally organized. Once there was land, it wasn't long before there was a church. At first, it was merely a trailer that later became our youth trailer, then a small trailer with a steeple and by this time, there were 60 members.

Next came the present sanctuary and East wing that was built completely by volunteers with the help of Carpenters for Christ. Then later the fellowship hall and more rooms were added along with another trailer for office space.

In August 2009, the new foyer along with the West wing was built. The newest wing includes office space, a recreation center, a youth chapel and Sunday school rooms which meet present-day. It gives the church building a whole new feeling because of the inclusion of a new entrance and steeple.


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Church staff at Winchester Road Baptist

Pastor Hal
Pastor Hal was born and raised in Wetumpka, Alabama. He received a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Auburn University and worked at a large garden center in Montgomery as Horticulturalist and Garden Center Manager for several years. He sensed God’s call to preach and entered the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. After completing his seminary degree, he went back to his home church in Wetumpka and served as a pastoral intern before coming to Huntsville in 1988 to pastor the newly started Winchester Road Baptist Church. Pastor Hal has been at WRBC for over 30 years and has a passion for teaching the truth of God’s word and seeing people grow in their relationship with God. He is married to his wife Kay, and they have 3 children: Haley, Hunter, and Harlee.
Andrew Counts is the worship pastor at WRBC. He is very passionate about worship and enjoys seeing others worship God very much. He also loves to see people use their musical gifts and talents to worship God because he believes there is no better use of our gifts than to praise our Lord and Savior! He has a beautiful wife Kim, and wonderful son, Zachariah. He studied music at the University of Mobile. He surrendered to the call of ministry when he was 13 years old and has been working and serving in the church ever since. "I hope if you do not have a church home and are looking for a place to serve God that you would consider Winchester Road Baptist Church. Thanks and God bless."
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Austin Weathers is the Youth Pastor at Winchester Road. He has been in ministry for 10 years and is passionate about discipleship within the Church. He graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Public Communications and plans to pursue a seminary degree. He is married to Kelsey Weathers and they have three dogs: Asher, Frodo, and Ember.
Amy and her husband Dave "absolutely love this church. We both feel that Winchester Road Baptist Church is the very best thing about moving from my birthplace of Pennsylvania back to Dave’s hometown of Huntsville 14 years ago." She graduated summa cum laude from her art school, and the medium she loves the most is photography. They have 3 grown children, one who is a doctor, and two who are nurses. They are all married and Amy and Dave both love their children's spouses as extra children of their own. So far they have 3 young grandsons whom they adore. Her biggest goal in life is to get closer to God and to live a life for him. She has been the secretary here for 10 years. She is passionately pro-life. She loves Brother Hal’s sermons, her Bible studies, and her D-Life group. Her biggest prayer is that her family and friends come to know & love Jesus. Her favorite verse is Ephesians 1:11.


We are joyful to serve Winchester Road Baptist Church. We want to welcome you if you are looking for a church home any time. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask.