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Our History

First Baptist Church was organized in Wilmington in 1808. It was originally established as Front Street Baptist Church as the meeting house was located on South Front Street near the corner of Ann Street. After starting several other Baptist churches in the city, the name was changed to First Baptist.

The congregation began construction of the current sanctuary at the corner of Market Street and Fifth Avenue in 1860. The Civil War and its residual effects delayed completion of the building for ten years. The sanctuary was dedicated to the glory of God in May of 1870. The architecture of the building is early English Gothic with large arches and two spires.  –READ MORE–

Our Family

First Baptist Wilmington, home to a strong heritage dating back to 1808, is a missional congregation with a commitment to meaningful worship and a supportive staff. First Baptist has a diverse and dynamic congregation with strong programs for kids, students and music ministries.

“FBC is my FAMILY”

“Genuine LOVE from total strangers”


Our Leadership & Governance

Spiritual leaders help us become like Jesus. They look where Jesus is leading, listen to His voice, and try to become like Him; then they invite us to do the same.


Our Community

First Baptist Church is located in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Known as the Port City, Wilmington is located in the southeastern corner of the State and situated between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. The presence of a Regional Airport and the east termination of Interstate 40 makes this beautiful small coastal city very accessible to all travelers and provides its residents easy access for State, regional, and global travel.

The city of Wilmington is in New Hanover County and is home to approximately 124,000 people, with a total county population of approximately 235,000. The median household income for the city is $45,450 and the median house value is $238,000.

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