First Baptist Church of Jacksonville

Church in Florida, United States

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First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
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Worship service in 2011
First Baptist Church of Jacksonville is located in Florida
First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
First Baptist Church of Jacksonville
30°19′56″N 81°39′30″W / 30.3323°N 81.6584°W / 30.3323; -81.6584Coordinates: 30°19′56″N 81°39′30″W / 30.3323°N 81.6584°W / 30.3323; -81.6584
LocationJacksonville, Florida
CountryUnited States
DenominationSouthern Baptist
Membership8,000 registered[1]
Weekly attendance500
Websitefbcjax.com
History
Founded1838
Administration
DivisionFlorida Baptist Convention
Clergy
Senior pastor(s)Heath Lambert
Pastor(s)Sean Perron (Associate)

The First Baptist Church of Jacksonville is a Southern Baptist megachurch in Downtown Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. As of 2014, First Baptist Church has 28,000 members and an average attendance of around 3,000 for Sunday services.[2][3] The main Downtown Campus comprises several square blocks of property connected by above-ground crosswalks. The campus includes several auditoriums for services, a Sunday school building, and facilities for First Baptist Academy, a private K-12 school.

First Baptist Church has its origins in the oldest Baptist congregation in Jacksonville, Bethel Baptist Church, established in 1838. The church experienced a period of considerable growth in the mid-20th century, eventually encompassing eleven square blocks of downtown Jacksonville. Several former pastors, including Homer G. Lindsay, Jr. and Jerry Vines, were widely influential in the Southern Baptist Convention, leading it in both growth and a shift towards conservatism.

  1. ^ Jeff Brumley (December 16, 2009). "Churches lead effort to keep downtown Jacksonville alive". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  2. ^ "SBC 500". ThomRainer.com. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  3. ^ Soergel, Matt. "First Baptist's young leader wants to stem attendance drop, be 'better neighbor' downtown". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2019-08-30.

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