Major Events in First Baptist's 140-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. 2010_FBCSPPhotos__661

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.

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.

2018 - Greg Lundberg is called as Minister of Music and Senior Adults.