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Marietta's First Baptist Church has been an active part of the community since it was organized in the late summer of 1890 in Indian Territory. Started by a group of 13 charter members, the church has continued to grow. From its start under a brush arbor to today's sanctuary, children's wing, adult wing, and youth building, the church has grown in size and in spirit and continues to meet the needs of the Love County community by serving God in this special place.

Did you know....

-in the early days, FBC members helped conduct services all over Love County.

-Groundbreaking service for a new brick structure for FBC was held on Monday, August 10, 1925.

-Dating from 1895, the bell that now serves as a sign of the church was originally a call to worship for the entire community.

-Several young men have responded to God's call to full-time Christian ministry while attending FBC.

-FBC has sent out missionaries, both full-time and volunteer, to countries around the world.


First Baptist Church, located on the corner of Southeast 2nd and East Chickasaw. This building was built in 1895 and used until the new church building was built in 1926.







The ground breaking service for the new 1926 building was held Monday, August 10, 1925.






This building built in 1926 was modern and built of brick. It had a finished basement and would sufficiently accomodate 350 in Sunday School. This building was built at an approximate cost of $35,000. The first worship service in this building was on April 11, 1926 led by Pastor W.A. McKinney.




Photos courtesy of Ronnie Norton