Our History

First Baptist Church of Whitesburg began with a four week revival led by A. S. Petrey and J. B. MeKeehan. The result of the Lord’s work was thirty-six adults professing Christ as their Lord and Savior. Several hundred people gathered on the bank of the North Fork of the Kentucky River near the present Main Street bridge for the first baptismal service on Sunday, March 31, 1909. That evening, First Baptist Church was organized.
The first deacons were elected Sunday, April 4, 1909 with the first meeting at the courthouse. Later the church moved to the upper floor of the Lewis Wholesale Building. As a result of much hard work and the Lord’s blessing, the first building was dedicated on April 25, 1915. It was located on East Main and contained the first indoor baptistery in the area.


Due to growth over the following decades plans were made to build and expand culminating in the June 7, 1964 dedication of our present building on Madison Avenue.


Over the years in effort to spread the Gospel, First Baptist Church has started numerous new churches throughout the county, as wells as sending out ministers and missionaries to those church plants, to churches in other states, and to other countries.


It is evident this Church has been on mission for God for over 100 years, and has blessed with a rich heritage of Bible study, worship, and evangelism that began with that first revival in 1909. We would love for you to come experience what God has in store now and for the next 100 years!