Church History

We are committed to spreading the Gospel both in our community and around the world.

In May 1978, after graduation from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, David Lydick and his wife, Sandy, moved to Bellevue, Nebraska, and established Midlands Bible Baptist Church. The first service was held in the Administration Building of Bellevue College on June 4, 1978. This infant church (first named Metropolitan Baptist Church) began as a mission-work of High Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, and it officially organized and chartered as an autonomous assembly on February 2, 1979, with 39 original charter members.

The first six and a half years of its existence, Midlands continued to meet on Sunday mornings and evenings at Bellevue College. The mid-week services were first held in the pastor’s home, eventually moving into a classroom at Lilmar Beauty Services, followed by Wake Robin School, and later, for a short time, mid-week services were held in a rented storefront building in Old Town Bellevue.

In mid-September 1984, prayer was answered and negotiations were finalized permitting the purchase of the former Riverview Elementary School from the Omaha Public School System. “Opening Day Services” in the present church facilities were held on Sunday, November 4, 1984. Located on a large, five-acre plot on Chandler Road, just East of the Kennedy Freeway, the building has been renovated to meet the needs of an active church and is now a beautiful facility.

The building is complete with a 200 seat auditorium, a half-dozen classrooms, well-equipped nurseries, and a spacious gymnasium/event room complete with a kitchen. The property also has a softball field and horseshoe pits for activities.

In 2013, Andrew Diorio came on staff at Midlands as the Associate Pastor. In February of 2019, the church called him to serve as the next pastor upon Pastor Lydick’s retirement. The pastoral transition took place on the church’s 41st anniversary, June 2, 2019. The church has continued to press forward for Christ while remaining faithful to the founding doctrines and principles upon which it was established.