The early pioneers of Fort Stockton brought few items with them as standard equipment: their Bibles, their faith in Jesus Christ, and their determination to build a worthwhile community centered around the church. On Sunday, November 4, 1906 after preaching by missionary Rev. David B. Hill, the Baptist brothers and sisters of Fort Stockton were called together to organize a new church. One man and six women adopted a church covenant and articles of faith, and declared themselves to be the First Baptist Church of Fort Stockton. The church met in an adobe building from 1906 until 1909, a building shared with other Christian denominations in town. The small group of church members were so faithful to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ that many in town became Christians and attended First Baptist Church. Soon the new church needed a larger place of worship. In 1909 the church voted to buy land and build their first church chapel at the corner of Division Street and Front Street.
The church continued to reach and win others to Jesus Christ. Every month and year the church grew. By 1912, the church grew to 121 members. By 1940, the church again outgrew their chapel and voted to buy an entire block in Fort Stockton. The present sanctuary and original educational building were constructed, and the first worship service was held in the new building in May 1950.
By 1961, the church grew to a membership of 951 and an average Sunday School attendance of 515. In 1963 a new educational building and extensive remodeling was completed. In 1975 the church constructed the Family Life Center.
First Baptist Church continues to be blessed over 100 years after its founding because of its evangelistic emphasis, ministry focus, and Biblically conservative message. The church has been instrumental in supporting many new Baptist churches and many Baptist ministries around the world. First Baptist Church remains faithful to effectively carry out the ministries of our past in ways that will reach a new generation for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the words of William Carey, we “Expect great things from God [and] attempt great things for God.”
Church Moto: “Bringing people closer to Jesus…one life at a time!” John 17:3
Mission Statement: “Sharing the Love of Jesus with others through worship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism.”