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Tomball Economic Development Corp. to purchase First Baptist Church Tomball campus

The Tomball Economic Development Corp. is under contract to purchase the 4.63-acre campus of the First Baptist Church Tomball, the two organizations confirmed by phone.

The pending sale comes 20 years after the church began planning for its new home off Quinn Road and Hwy. 249, a 32-acre site the First Baptist Church Tomball purchased in 2003, according to church information.

The existing church campus, located at Houston and Oxford streets in Old Town Tomball, has been on the market on and off over the last two decades as the church grappled with the right timing and buyer, Lead Pastor James Clark said in a Feb. 24 phone interview.

“It’s been a 20-year project for the church with the intent to relocate,” Clark said. “Probably about five years ago ... we got a lot more intentional about having it on the market.”

Clark said First Baptist Church Tomball was organized in 1909, two years after the city of Tomball was established. Its campus has grown over the last century-plus along with ...