Crestview Baptist Church started as a Mission sponsored by the Haywood Baptist Association
The first service was held on Sunday, April 1, 1962 in a building that had previously been an auto repair shop. The building looked very presentable with pews, pulpit and a piano which had been donated by various churches in the county. Hymnals had also been donated. There were forty-three in attendance on that spring Sabbath morning.
Rev. Wayne Sorrells preached the first sermon based on Matthew 16:18: “Upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The first song they sang was “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Even though it was April, the weather was still cool. There was an old-fashioned wood heater with a fire going, and after the service they stood around that warm stove and talked and fellowshipped as they would do on many following Sundays and Wednesdays.
Rev. Sorrells gave up his job as Associational Missionary and became the first Pastor and under his leadership they began to think of building a church. Actually the ideal spot was available just out the road from the Mission. It was the old Osborne Dairy Farm property. Through prayer and planning, God provided a way to raise the money to purchase the property. Some of the money was left over to go to the first building which is now the fellowship hall. The building was completed in July of 1964.
The Crestview Mission was organized as a Baptist Church on September 25, 1965 with eighty-seven charter members.