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Our Name and History

The Meaning Behind Our Name

A watermark represents…

Authenticity. Higher denominations of currency are watermarked to prove they are genuine. In the same way, we want to be people whose lives and relationships are marked by authenticity, integrity, and truth.

"But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith." (1 Timothy 1:5)

Excellence. Fine paper often features a watermark as evidence of its quality. We strive for excellence, without compromise, in all areas of our ministry and lives, believing that excellence honors God and inspires people.

"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men." (Colossians 3:23)

A lasting impression. The continual presence of water at a certain level leaves a mark long after it is gone. It is our hope, because we have lived faithfully as God's people, that long after we have gone we would make an impact for His Kingdom that would be seen for generations to come.

"You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men." (2 Corinthians 3:2)


The history of Watermark Plano actually began in 1998 in Dallas, when a group of friends began to meet and consider what it would look like if they prayerfully pursued a life of faithfulness to Scriptures as they devoted their lives to Christ together in Dallas. As they prayed and studied God’s Word, it became increasingly clear that the best way to accomplish God’s purposes for them was through the formation of a new local gathering of God’s people.

After months of prayer, planning, and agreement on purpose and values, the core group grew from eight families to dozens more. On October 30, 1999, 150 prayerful, passionate people covenanted together to serve Christ and His purposes in Dallas as Watermark Community Church. They spent their first evening together discussing and praying over the beliefs, purposes, and biblical core values that would guide them to be faithful servants of Christ’s purposes in their city.

On November 7, 1999, Watermark Community Church held its first corporate gathering and began intentionally ministering to the unchurched, dechurched, dead-churched, and unmoved. Thirteen years later, a group of Fort Worth families and single adults began praying about being the church on the west side of Dallas/Fort Worth. On March 3, 2013, Watermark Fort Worth held its first corporate worship service at the Ridglea Theatre in Fort Worth. Less than a year later, a group of families in the Plano area began to pray about being the church to their neighbors and friends in Collin County.

The major events leading up to the founding of the Watermark Plano are as follows:

  • In the winter of 2014, five families from Watermark’s Dallas campus began to pray about how they could be the church to people in Collin County and far north Dallas. Soon, that number grew, and dozens of people began worshipping together on Sundays and asking God how they might be part of a new mission to people in Plano, McKinney, Prosper and beyond.
  • In the summer of 2014, the Lord provided both the direction and the resources necessary to purchase a facility near Highway 75 and Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Plans began for the development of a Watermark Plano Campus, as families and friends continued to gather and ask God to raise up leaders and devoted followers of Christ ready to share the hope of the gospel in Collin County.
  • On January 11, 2015, years of planning, prayer, and provision by the Lord culminated in the opening of Watermark’s Plano Campus at 6400 K Ave. in Plano.
  • Since its first meeting, Watermark Plano has offered ministries like re:generation, re|engage, Women’s Bible Study, Summit Men’s Bible Study, and other discipleship opportunities to families, children, and single adults in Collin County and North Dallas.
  • In the summer of 2019, the Watermark Plano and the Watermark Frisco campus began The Porch North, a ministry for young adults in their 20s and 30s.
  • Since the founding of Watermark Plano, marriages have been restored through Plano’s re|engage ministry. The hurting and broken have found healing and recovery through re:generation recovery. And the next generation of fully devoted followers of Christ have been discipled through Kids’ Ministry and Plano Students. That is just a fraction of the remarkable work the Lord has done in and through His people at the Plano Campus.
  • In light of God’s generous provision of committed, faithful Campus Shepherds and a growing church body that is prepared to shepherd those the Lord entrusts to them, the Watermark Elders have determined that Watermark Plano’s leadership is fully prepared to operate as an independent, local church, beginning January 1, 2021.