• 9/5/1934 - 3/5/2022

    Rev. Wallace philpot

    In January of 1966, Rev. Campbell resigned as pastor of Oak View, again creating a need for a moderator. The church elected Garth Hunt to serve in that position and in March called C. C. Risenhoover as interim pastor. Again, the search was short. In June 1966, the church called Reverend Wallace Philpot as pastor of the church.


    At the beginning of 1967, under the leadership of Rev. Philpot, the members of Oak View accepted a “Faith in Action” program to aid the church in spiritual growth. This program established goals in the areas of evangelism, education, stewardship, Christian life, community and public relations. These initial goals were designed to be reached within the year and then updated yearly with new goals.


    The seventies were a growth period for both Oak View and the city of Irving. To accommodate this development, the church began a growth campaign called “Here we Grow Again.” Woody SchoberIn September of 1971, as an added outreach program, the church approved a tape ministry program to record the worship services, with the tapes being made available to church members and anyone else who could benefit from them. 


    In 1979, two important events occurred. First, the church called Woody Schober as Minister of Music, a position he held for twenty-seven years. Secondly, in May, Oak View made plans for a “Together We Build” program. Oak View was expanding rapidly and had the potential for continued growth, so additional space was essential. To that end, the "Together We Build" program was launched with a banquet on May 23, 1979, with the goal of completing a multi-purpose building to serve current and future needs of various age groups and ministries.


    Reverend Wallace Philpot passed away Saturday, March 5, 2022 in Keller, TX. He was born on September 5, 1934 in Siloam Springs, AR to his parents Jake Sandlin Philpot and Virginia Elizabeth Huffman Philpot. In 1955, Wallace joined the United States Army where he served his country proudly during the Korean era. Prior to joining the Army, Wallace worked as a barber and his life changed forever the day a young lady named Aleen came into the barbershop. They were married in 1960 and Wallace pastored the Edgefield Baptist Church in Waco while completing his education at Baylor University.

    In July of 1966, Wallace accepted a call to pastor Oak View Baptist Church in Irving, Texas where he would serve for 38 years prior to his retirement in 2004. During his tenure, Wallace led the church through a number of capital and spiritual growth campaigns beginning with “Faith in Action” in 1967 and culminating with the construction of a new worship center in 2001. He was a passionate preacher and tireless pastor walking with thousands of families through times of joy, sickness and grief. It’s impossible to adequately describe the immense impact of the love, care and spiritual leadership Wallace provided through his decades of faithful service. In 2005, the church named him Pastor Emeritus in recognition of his lifetime of life-changing ministry through the church.

    Wallace enjoyed a close relationship with other pastors in the area through the Dallas Baptist Association where he served as Moderator, Parliamentarian and Building Committee Chairman for the Mt. Lebanon Camp in Cedar Hill, Texas.

    Reverend Wallace Philpot is preceded in death in 2012 by his parents and his beloved wife of 52 years, Aleen Mae Philpot; sister Wanda Shook; and brother Paul Philpot. Left to cherish his memory is his son Wayne Philpot and wife Wendy of Santa Anna, TX; his daughter, Lisa Jones and husband Steve of Haslet, TX; his brother, Bruce Philpot and wife Suzanne of Galveston; and his grandchildren, Cassie Kendrick and husband Roy, Rylie Philpot, Luke Pinkston, Dawson Jones and Sawyer Jones.

    Visitation for Reverend Philpot will be on Friday, March 11, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Oak View Baptist Church 1004 S Story Road, Irving ,TX 75060. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 12th, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Oak View Baptist Church, with interment occurring on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery located at 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211.

    The Family strongly encourages in lieu of flowers to Honor and Remember Wallace with a memorial to: Grace House c/o Norma Sandel, 11640 Net Leaf Lane, Fort Worth, Texas 76254 if you wish to send a check; or by Venmo: @grace-house-Norma.