A Brief Church History
Do you know our church’s history? My grandfather told me that if I didn’t know my history there was little hope of any future. I think he was referring to the fact that current events always have a genesis in the past, and so if anyone wants to move forward in a positive way he needs to be well acquainted with what has gone on before. It is also a proper humbling to remember that things didn’t start with me. Our church did not begin recently. We did not just start being missional, or just start reaching out to our community, or just start trying to be faithful in creative ways.
No, our church has been all of these things for over 125 years! We have a very faithful past. We began in 1888. Our first meeting was in Johnson Park on old railroad ties. And the Spirit of God was there. It was difficult going for many decades, and our doors might have closed had it not been for the power of the Holy Spirit and the deep sacrifice of our faithful people. God had big plans for us. In 1958, God brought a great pastor and his wife who worked tirelessly for 42 years to help our church be all that God wanted us to be, Max and Glenna Copeland.
Our church experienced a tragedy when it burned down in 1961, which was a catalyst for a wise relocation from downtown to 12th Street. The Spirit of God was there. Our church has now moved to a new location in only the 2nd time in our history.
First Baptist Marble Falls has made a difference locally and globally for well over one hundred years. The legacy of our faithful past coupled with the amazing power of God, we are always encouraged that the brightest days are ahead of us.