On August 14, 1870, a small band of Christians met to organize a ‘regular missionary Baptist Church’.   In 1875, the church built its first building, a one-room white frame church.
FBCG1897 By 1897, the church, now officially "First Baptist Church", had grown to over a hundred members and had moved into a brand new brick church building, located downtown at E University Ave and NE 2nd St near the site of Gainesville’s current city hall.




In order to meet the needs of a growing university city, a new church facility was a necessity. Construction began in August, 1923 at 425 West University Avenue.  The new 1200-seat sanctuary was completed and the first service was held on September 14, 1924.

The church began several mission churches over the coming years:  in Eastside Baptist Chapel, Southside Baptist Church (Now Country Side Baptist Church), Parkview Baptist Church, Westside Baptist Chapel (Now Westside Baptist Church) and Tower Road Baptist Church.

FBC_Front In 2005, our church felt called to consider our future ministry in Gainesville; after a 90-day period of discernment and prayer, the congregation voted on May 1, 2005, to relocate from our historic downtown facilities to a new 23-acre site west of the city, at the intersection of NW 39th Avenue and NW 143rd Street (CR 241.)



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First Baptist Church
14105 NW 39th Ave.
Gainesville, Florida 32606

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am—4:00 pm

Wednesday Extended Hours
4:00—5:30 pm

Closed Fridays