Major Events in First Baptist's 135-Year History

1879 First Baptist was organized as Manly Baptist Church in Manly, North Carolina. Membership was 16.  Services were held on the fourth Sunday of every month. The church was a member of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association, the oldest Baptist association in North Carolina.
  
 1899 First Baptist moves from Manly to the corner of West Connecticut Avenue and Page Street in Southern Pines. Membership was 32.
 
 1900 The first revival service is held from May 5 to May 11.
  
 1901 Beginning in February, First Baptist is the first church in the association to hold worship every Sunday.
 
 1910 The Reverend Dr. F.M. Gardner is called as Pastor.
 
 1928 The Reverend J. Fred Stimson is called as Pastor.
  
 1936 The first services are held at the newly constructed church on the corner of New York Avenue and Ashe Street. Membership was 154.
  
 1939 The Woman's Missionary Union of First Baptist is organized.
  
 1941 First Baptist installs its first electronic organ.
  
 1946 The Reverend J. Lamar Jackson is called as Pastor.
  
 1949 First Baptist becomes a member of the newly-formed South Sandy Creek Association. The Reverend Dr. William C. Holland is called as Pastor.
 
 1951 Educational building is completed and dedicated.
 
1953 The Reverend Hoke Coon is called as Pastor. Membership was 42.
 
1957 The Reverend Maynard Mangum is called as Pastor. First Baptist Church Southern Pines
 1964 The Reverend John Stone is called as Pastor.
 1966 The Reverend Haskill Duncan is called as Minister of Music and Education.
 1970 Bethesda House for those recovering from alcohol and substance abuse is established.
  
 1977 The new sanctuary and fellowship hall is completed and dedicated.
  
 1978 The Reverend Gary Hudson is called as Minister of Education and Youth.
  
 1979 First Baptist celebrates its 100th anniversary. Membership was 616.
  
 1983 The Reverend David Helms is called as Minister of Education and Youth.
  
 1992 The Gay T. and Haskell A. Duncan Educational Building is dedicated. The Reverend Benny Edwards is called as Minister of Music and Senior Adults.
  
 1995 First Baptist opens Sonshine Learning Center, a weekday education program for preschoolers.
  
 1997 The Reverend Allison Coltrane is called as Minister of Youth and Children.
  
 1998 The Reverend David Helms is called as Pastor. Membership was 1,213. The Reverend Tom Allen is called as Minister of Education and Administration.
  
 2001 First Baptist votes to dually align with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
  
 2002 First Baptist becomes one of two sponsoring churches for First Baptist Church, Pinehurst.
  
 2003 Plans are approved for construction of new worship and education facilities. The Reverend Mary Katherine Fam is called as Minister to Preschoolers and Children. The Reverend Amanda Langlands is called as Minister of Youth and Students.
  
 2004 First Baptist celebrates its 125th anniversary. Membership is 1,314.
  
 2005 A Capital Campaign is begun to raise funds for new education and parking facilities.
 
 2007 The Reverend Bryan Moore is called as Minister to Youth and Students.
 
 2008
 
New adult and preschool educational facility and renovated youth complex are dedicated.
 
2012
   
The Reverend Brenda Kay Hafer is called as Minister to Children and Families.
 
 2014
 
Renovations begun and completed on the Sanctuary.
 

 

 

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