Church of Laurel Hill,
Sketch by Mark Curenton
The First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill, Florida
was founded on July 26, 1896
and chartered under the Articles of the
Graves Baptist Association
Rev. Wiley F. Martin was called as the
pastor. Services were held in the Masonic Temple which stood on the grounds where the present building is now located.
In the early 1900s a new building was erected at Almarante, a central location for the
membership. The church grew until a new building was needed.
In 1911 a new building was erected where the northeast corner of the
intersection of First Ave and Third St. That building was destroyed by a storm
in 1916. In 1917 another building was erected on the same grounds.
In 1951 the Church negotiated with the Laurel Hill Masonic Lodge to purchase the property where the church
is presently located. The pastorium was built in early 1962. The Fellowship Hall was built in early 1970.
The Church has had 29 Pastors and Interim Pastors over the 116 years since it was founded.
First Baptist Church of Laurel Hill celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1996 with a day of praise, worship,
and fellowship with members, family and friends.
Much work has been done over the past few years to upgrade our church building, pastorium, and Fellowship Hall.
First Baptist Church is a loving and caring church with 132 resident members. Our congregation invites you to
visit with us anytime you have the opportunity.
"May the Spirit of the Lord and His rich
with this Church as we strive to do His will." Amen.
Mike McVay, Pastor
History of Laurel Hill, Florida