First Baptist Church (Knoxville, Tennessee)

First Baptist Church (Knoxville, Tennessee)

First Baptist Church is a historic church located at 510 Main Street in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The church was founded in 1843, when a small group of Baptists led by James and John Moses met in the courthouse to adopt Articles of Faith and organize a church. It was affiliated with the Tennessee Association of Baptists, but became a member of the Southern Baptist Convention when that body was initially organized in 1845. After their first baptismal service in nearby First Creek, the church had 46 members, including 20 African-Americans. The church is believed to have organized the first Sunday School in 1845. The first building was constructed on Gay Street in 1850. The second building was constructed in 1888.

The third (and present) building was completed in 1924 at the Main Street location, three years after Dr. Frederick Fernando Brown became pastor. This architecturally-significant structure, noteworthy for its Neoclassical design and octagonal sanctuary, was designed by Dougherty & Garner of Nashville, Tennessee, and is modeled on St. Martin in the Fields of London. The exterior of the church sanctuary is sheathed in marble, although the adjoining education space is brick.

The church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.


* "The Future of Knoxville's Past: Historic and Architectural Resources in Knoxville, Tennessee." (Knoxville Historic Zoning Commission, October, 2006), page 24.

External links

* [ First Baptist Church Website: History]
* [ jonSpot's flickr image of First Baptist]
* [ National Register of Historic Places]

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