Woodside Bible Church

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Woodside Bible Church
Country United States
Denomination Non-Denominational
Website [1]
Founded 1955
Founder(s) Rev. Harold Moran
Senior pastor(s) Douglas Schmidt

Woodside Bible Church is a non-denominational megachurch. It is a multi-campus evangelical church in Troy, with satellite campuses in Warren,[1] White Lake,[2] Royal Oak,[3] Lake Orion,[4] Farmington Hills,[5] Detroit,[6] Michigan and Romeo,[7] Michigan. In 2010, Woodside Bible was listed as the 86th largest church in America, and the 94th fastest growing by Outreach Magazine, with an attendance of 6,363.[8] It is considered to be "one of the nation's fastest-growing congregations".[9][10] The church is led by Dr. Douglas Schmidt, who has served as Woodside's senior pastor since 1991.[11]


Originally named Big Beaver Baptist, the church was founded in 1955, by Rev. Harold Moran and a few families meeting in homes in the Troy, Michigan area. A converted home was purchased the same year at 3193 Rochester Rd. The church remained at this address until 2005. In 1962 the name was changed to Troy Baptist Church. Larger auditoriums were built on the property in 1973 and 1980. The name was changed to Woodside Bible Church in 2002, and moved to the current location in 2005.[12]

In July 2005, Woodside celebrated their 50th Anniversary as a church and, in September of that same year, merged with Redeemer Baptist Church in Warren, Michigan. This merger became Woodside's first satellite campus (Woodside of Warren), and was the first of a series of similar mergers with churches in similar condition. In addition to their central campus in Troy and the aforementioned Warren, Woodside now operates satellite campuses in White Lake, MI; Royal Oak, MI; Lake Orion, MI; Farmington, MI; Detroit, MI and Romeo, MI. Woodside also live-streams services eleven times a week and maintains a chat room and other resources on its website, which it refers to as its "Internet Campus". Altogether, there are eight physical campuses. In March 2007, Eastside Baptist Church of south Warren, Michigan, merged with Woodside Bible Church. The membership of Eastside Baptist moved to the Warren campus.

Original building of the First Baptist Church of Pontiac

In April 2007, it was announced that Woodside would absorb First Baptist Church of Pontiac, Michigan's oldest Baptist church (established in 1822), and would convert its building and grounds into its second satellite campus, "Woodside of White Lake". The official launch of the merged congregations was June 3, 2007.

In September 2008, Woodside Bible merged with Northwood Baptist Church in Royal Oak, MI, becoming Woodside of Royal Oak. The Lead Pastor is Andy Baligian

October 2009 saw the launch of Woodside of Lake Orion, with Lead Pastor Rick Seidel. In September 2014, Pastor Jim Dahlke joined with Pastor Rick Seidel in pastoring the Lake Orion campus. A new, permanent campus is scheduled to launch a location at Canterbury Village. The building it will occupy used to be the "Always Christmas" store. [13]

In September 2010, Woodside merged with Farmington Hills Baptist Church creating Woodside of Farmington Hills. The Lead Pastor is Steve Baker. [14]

In 2010 Pastor Doug Schmidt joined with others to form The Evangelical Pastors Network, a group which provides inspiration and assistance for evangelical pastors.[15]

Additionally, Ravi Zacharias spoke at the Troy Woodside campus in late 2010, addressing The Evangelical Pastors Network.[16]

In September 2011, Woodside Bible Church took a major step in ministry and created the new Woodside Internet Campus

In October 2011, Woodside launched its 8th campus in Detroit located at the Ford Theater inside the Detroit School of Arts. Service times are 10am every week on Sunday mornings. The Detroit campus is led by Lead Pastor Tim Holdridge, former Worship Arts Pastor at Woodside of Troy. The Detroit campus runs as a Contemporary Worship service. Source from [ and [2]

In October 2012, once again, Woodside Bible Church merged with Stone Ridge Church located in Romeo, MI, the northern part of Macomb County. Before Stone Ridge, the church was called Romeo Baptist Church. The campus is pastored by Steve Zarrilli. The Romeo campus like the other campuses now runs as a Contemporary Worship service and uses the same sermon outline as one church in nine locations.

In April 2014, Woodside Bible Church launched a Pontiac campus, led by Pastor Lorenzo Sewell.

On Sunday evenings, the Troy campus hosts a young adult ministry called Lighthouse. The ministry has been active for several years. Students from several local college campuses join together in corporate worship. Lighthouse is currently pastored by Scott Crosby.


  1. ^ "Woodside Bible Church - Warren Campus". Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Woodside Bible Church - White Lake Campus". Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Woodside Bible Church - Royal Oak Campus". Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Woodside Bible Church - Lake Orion Campus". Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Woodside Bible Church - Farmington Hills". Retrieved July 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Woodside Bible Church - Detroit". Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Woodside Bible Church - Romeo". Retrieved December 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Outreach 100" (PDF). Outreach Magazine. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  9. ^ Dale Buss (2007-12-21). "Life Lessons". Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  10. ^ "101 FASTEST-GROWING U.S. CHURCHES". Outreach Magazine. 2007. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  11. ^ "". Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ Mike Wendland. "Woodside moves to new campus". The Woodside News. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  13. ^ Jerry Wolffe. "Woodside church seeking members". The Oakland Press. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  14. ^ "Welcome Woodside's 6th Campus". Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  15. ^ "Pastors form network to support each other's work -". The Oakland Press. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  16. ^ "LifeBUILDERS - LifeBUILDERS News - Internationally known apologist and author, Dr. Ravi Zacharias, visited this past weekend". Life Builders Detroit. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 

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Coordinates: 42°36′58″N 83°07′26″W / 42.616°N 83.124°W / 42.616; -83.124