Our History

Scofield Memorial Church has been ministering in the city of Dallas since 1877 and remains a vibrant force for the cause of Christ today.

The Church is named for one of its early pastors, C. I Scofield, who was well known in his day across the nation for his Bible teaching ministry and his famous reference Bible, first published in 1909.  This was one of the first Bibles to be published with helpful doctrinal and study notes.  Originally the church was known as the First Congregational Church of Dallas.

Scofield Church has had three locations in Dallas over its 130 plus years, first in downtown, then in East Dallas, now in the Lake Highlands area.

Scofield Church is given to compassionate ministry, unceasing prayer and authentic discipleship. Following Jesus in every aspect of our life, to know Him and to make Him known is the mainspring of our community.

Scofield church has had a long relationship with Dallas Theological Seminary.  The founding President of the Seminary, Lewis Sperry Chafer, was also the pastor of the church in the 1920’s.  Always a missionary minded congregation, the church was involved in the founding of CAM International (now Camino Global), the Southern Bible Institute of Dallas, and today sponsors or supports over thirty missionary families around the globe.

Scofield Christian School began in 1961 and remains an elementary school committed to excellence in Christian Education.  Some long-tenured senior pastors have served at Scofield including Dr. Harlin Roper (1927-1972) and Dr. Neil Ashcraft (1972-1997).  Senior Pastor Dr. Jeff VanGoethem was welcomed to Scofield in 2009.

Thanks for your interest in Scofield Church, a trusted name in Dallas since 1877.

For further reading see, “The Scofield Bible, its History and Impact on the Evangelical Church.”  By R. Todd Mangum and Mark S. Sweetnam.  Paternoster, 2009.

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