Pastor Charles Smith and family lived in Tacoma, Washington, where he pastored the First Missionary Baptist Church of Tacoma. The Don Potter family, members of the First MBC of Tacoma, moved to Cashmere in 1968. Pastor Smith suggested that one of the fourteen preachers in the church at Tacoma should come over to Cashmere and begin a new church with the Potter family. However, the Lord began to lay Cashmere on his heart, so in 1969, Pastor Smith and his family left Tacoma and came to Cashmere as a missionary, sent out from the First MBC with the charge to begin a church in the Cashmere area, as directed by the Lord. Pastor Smith didn’t know what the future would hold, or how he would provide for his family – but he knew that if God was in it, they would be taken care of.
The young mission began meeting in the Smith and Potter homes weekly. Their first official meeting place was the Mission Creek Community Hall. They began calling themselves the Mission Creek Baptist Mission, and held their first official business meeting on January 17, 1971. While meeting in this hall, the mission began to make plans to organize into a church.
After moving to the American Legion Hall in Cashmere, the church held special services on March 26-27, 1971, to officially organize into a New Testament Church. After a time of fellowship and preaching on Friday evening, the church held the organizational service on Saturday, the 27th. With about 75 people present, the church was named the Vale of Cashmere Missionary Baptist Church, with ten charter members going into the organization. God blessed and the church grew in number and spirit.
Early in 1975, the church found itself without a place to meet. At the same time, they became aware that the Dryden MBC, organized in 1957, was without a pastor and in need of help. They met together weekly for three months and after prayer and discussion, the two churches merged into one church, including all debt and properties. A special service was held on May 7, 1975, in which this new church was called the Mid-Valley Missionary Baptist Church.
The church met in the old Dryden MBC church building and God continued to bless with more members added. The building became full and overflowing as the years passed, so that the need of a larger church building was apparent. After much prayer and consideration, it was decided to build a new church facility on the property on Frontage Road. This was a step of great vision and faith, with several members placing their signatures to secure financial approval from the bank.
The construction began with the digging of the basement on February 18, 1986. The church met in the new building for the first time on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1988. There were about 225 people who met to celebrate the goodness of the Lord that day! As of December 1998, the church is debt free. For this we praise the Lord!
In the spring of 1998, Pastor Charles Smith resigned the Pastorate of Mid-Valley, after nearly thirty years of faithful ministry in the Cashmere area. He and his loving wife, Mabel, remained members of the church. In July of 2002, Pastor Charlie went to be with the Lord. We are thankful for their service and leadership throughout the years.
In May of 1998, the church called Brian Ross to be the new pastor of Mid-Valley. In June of 1998, he, his wife Sarah, and their four children moved up to Cashmere to begin his pastorate here, where he continued until his resignation in 2013.
In January of 2014, Mid Valley called Travis Connick to be the new pastor. In March, Travis, his wife, Trea, and their two daughters moved to Cashmere and started serving.
We thank the Lord for His past faithfulness to Mid Valley and look forward to the future with great excitement as the Lord leads us in making, maturing and mobilizing disciples for Jesus!