A Royal Story

Garland Hamic

Posted: April 14th, 2015, 9:58 pm

Garland Hamic

On your Web site, you proclaimed yourselves to be “a diverse people united in Christ.” I thought, “Yeah right … let’s go see what Baptists consider ‘diversity’ to be.” Like many of you, however, I knew that something profound had happened to me after my first visit to Royal Lane. Having grown up Baptist, it felt familiar in all the right ways, and it felt different in all the right ways. I listened to Ray Vickrey preach a sermon in which he lamented the fact that “too many Christians spend too much time talking about all the sins of all those people out there.” I remember thinking, “FINALLY … a preacher I can do business with!”

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Jonah

Posted: April 14th, 2015, 9:52 pm

Jonah and Paulette

I was born at Royal Lane. My mom and dad are members and my mom actually grew up at Royal Lane.  This makes me a third generation Royal Laner, or as Cookie Stokes says, “I am an official grandchild of the church.” I like the people at Royal Lane.  I’ve just recently joined the youth group at church and thus starts another exciting chapter of my life here. I have found people who care for kids and are not mean to us. People at Royal Lane treat others as they want to be treated. At Royal Lane, I have met people who have become extended members of my family like Aunt Lydia and Anna Marie and Bruce Lowe.

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Charlotte Sewell

Posted: October 1st, 2010, 4:38 pm


My parents were members of Royal Lane Baptist Church when I was born, and as a teenager I made the personal choice to join. I grew up at Royal Lane attending Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, missions trips, and summer youth camp. When I married my husband, Brian, in 1998, Royal Lane was the logical place to start that phase in our life together. When we began having children we wanted to get serious about attending church regularly so, again, we turned to Royal Lane.

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Laurence and Janet Schultz

Posted: March 6th, 2010, 6:11 pm

In 1979, Laurence moved to Dallas from our hometown in Michigan to attend SMU. RLBC had posted an employment ad in the Dallas Morning News for a  SMU student to work at the church. Laurence applied for this position and thus our union with RLBC began. After working at RLBC for a few weeks, Lane Smith invited Laurence to attend service and then to join the church.

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Cookie Stokes

Posted: October 15th, 2009, 2:27 pm

I came to Royal Lane in 1969 at the invitation of my in-laws, John and Bettye Stokes. Bill and I had just returned from his Army days in El Paso and Okinawa. John was a deacon and the deacons had “Little Flocks”. These groups met in the deacon’s homes. There were quite a few people who came who could not attend on Sundays because of their work schedules. The people of Royal Lane were very involved in missions. The attic above our current kitchen was a clothes closet. This led to our being a founding organization of North Dallas Shared Ministries. We had our own kindergarten; we worked with Moses Reagan at Tabernacle Baptist Church in West Dallas; we were active with the Greater Dallas Community of Churches and the STEP (Strategies To Elevate People) program.

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