The following is from an interview with Bridgeview's founding pastor , Reverend Irby Tranum, by Syble Farr in 1991.
Following his ordination to the Gospel Ministry by Second Baptist Church of Montgomery in October 1947, Irby Tranum received a call from Christian friends to preach in the Bridgeview community. He accepted the call and challenge to organize a Baptist church.
He preached a tent revival for three weeks on the
Following the revival they held services in the Martins' barn until the church was organized with Blount Davidson and Lee Gallman of the Montgomery Baptist Association and a total of thirty-nine members. Brother Tranum was pastor and baptized thirty-five members in the
The church prospered with several Bible study groups being held in different homes while the men of the community volunteered in the building of a permanent church, a cement block building. Revivals were held regularly with some of the leading pastors bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with great power, as much prayer was held in many of the homes in the Bridgeview Community. "God blessed
Family names represented in the original thirty-nine members were: the Hughes family, who ran a dairy; the Martins, who first tried to interest Brother Tranum in pastoring the new church; the Manns; Ruth and J.T. Brooks, who move their membership from Chisholm Baptist Church so Ruth could become the first pianist; and Leon and Gertrude Butler, described as pillars of the church. Both Reverend Tranum and Mr. Martin worked at the U.S. Post Office in Montgomery, and it was there where Mr. Martin approached Brother Tranum about pastoring after having learned that Brother Tranum was recently ordained. Mr. Martin invited him to help organize a Baptist church in the Bridgeview Community and pastor it; Brother Tranum accepted the challenge.
After leaving Bridgeview, Brother Tranum went on to pastor Liberty Baptist Church, Greenville, AL; Pigeon Creek Baptist Church, Greenville, AL; New Ebenezer Baptist Church, Highland Home, AL; Santuck Baptist Church, Wetumpka, AL; County Line Baptist Church, Prattville, AL; and Ashville Baptist Church in North Carolina where he was pastor from 1976 to 1978.