While First Baptist has an illustrious history that reflects God’s leadership, it has a stellar future as we purpose to faithfully serve Christ in the heart of our city.

Constituted in November 1829, First Baptist Montgomery began with four charter members. In the 191 years since the beginning, the First Baptist family has called only a few locations home, but has been the participant in a number of expansions. It is these expansions that have enabled FBC to have a great history of Building Generations of Faith. 

August 2020
Mark L. Bethea

Mark Bethea became the 24th pastor.

 

July 2012
Kingdom Resource Center

The new educational facility was officially named the The Jay and Mary Ruth Wolf Kingdom Resource Center

 

June 2010
Educational Building Dedicated

The new educational facility was dedicated

 

Fall 2008
Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for the new educational facility

 

January 2008
Debt Free

$23 million debt on the new sanctuary was retired

 

2004 Extra Label
Construction Completed

Building construction on sanctuary completed

 

2001
New Sanctuary

Cornerstone laid for the new sanctuary

 

1999
Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for new sanctuary

 

1999
Caring Center

Facility that is now home to the Caring Center purchased

 

1994
Vaughn Forest Baptist Church

Vaughn Forest Baptist Church was constituted as another mission of First Baptist

 

July 1991
Jay L. Wolf

Jay Wolf became the 23rd pastor

 

1988
Community Ministries

Jane Ferguson joined the FBC staff and developed the Community Ministries program

 

Mid-1980s
Education Building + Parking Lot

Built J.R. White Building and Scott Street parking lot.

 

1980
Dale Huff

Dale Huff became pastor

 

1957-1979
Dr. J.R. White

J.R. White served as pastor

 

Mid-1950s
Multi-Story Sunday School Building

Began building campaign for multi-story Sunday School building

 

1954
Normandale Baptist Church

Normandale Baptist Church was constituted as another mission of First Baptist.

 

1950
Ridgecrest Baptist Church

Ridgecrest Baptist Church was organized as a mission of First Baptist

 

Late 1930s
Sunday School Extension

Sunday School extension was constructed

 

1923 Extra Label
Construction Completed

Building construction completed and building dedicated

 

1916
Moved Into New Sanctuary

Began to use the new sanctuary

 

1908
Worshipping in Basement

Began worshipping in the basement of the sanctuary

 

1905
Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking for the sanctuary on Perry Street

 

1854-1905
Worshipping on Court Street

Worshipped in the brick building on Court Street

 

1850s

Moved the building off site while a new brick building was constructed

 

1833-1854
First Church Building

 

 

November 1829
Lee Compere

Lee Compere, a missionary among the Creek Indians stationed near modern day Tallassee, was our first pastor. He was born in England in 1790.

 

November 29,1829
First Baptist Church Founded

First Baptist was constituted on November 29, 1829, under the leadership of Fields Bradshaw and Lee Compere. There were four charter members — John Gindrat, J.R. Crosby, Margaret Wiggins, and Jane Compere (Lee's sister).