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Monday, October 2, 2023
 
 
“…the then latest comers out of slavery and oppression found hope to organize a visible New Testament Church that would be among them and their future as “A pillar of cloud by day to guide them and by night a pillar of fire to give light” for the rugged way before them. The faith of the early beginners of their work has been rewarded many times over”
Pastor Mack Brown on the occasion of the 125th Anniversary in 1978
 
Interior of First Baptist Church at 710 Mercer St. features pews and pulpit from 1915  Photo Courtesy of the Windsor Star 15/04/1972
 

The First Baptist Church was originally established by Reverend William Troy of Virginia. Rev. Troy began with small prayer meetings in 1853. In May 24, 1858 the cornerstone of the original church was laid at McDougall Street and what used to be London street (now University). The women of the congregation carried water from the river to form the bricks.

The cornerstone of the current church was laid on May 24, 1915 and in October of 1915 the congregation marched from the former location on McDougall to its’ current location at 710 Mercer Street at Tuscarora. In

Interior of First Baptist Church at 710 Mercer St. features pews and pulpit from 1915 - Photo Courtesy of the Windsor Star 15/04/1972  

1945 the church claimed approximately eighty members. The church members celebrated paying of the mortgage in 1959. By 1978 the membership had risen to about 250. Also in 1978 members of the congregation re-enacted the historic march from the original location to Mercer Street.

 
The First Baptist Church has been the home base for many important community groups. Charitable groups organized by the church include; the Women’s Missionary Circle, the Helping Hands Society, the Love and Service Group and the Evelyn Parker Community Friendship Group.

(The following lists were compiled from information collected by church historians Deacon James L. Hyatt, Mrs. Eunice B Kersey, Mrs. Gladys VanDyke, Mrs Frieda Parker Steele and Mr. Howard Tolson)
 
Early Pastors of First Baptist Church:
 
Exterior of First Baptist Church  Photo courtesy of the Windsor Star
  1853   Rev. William Troy
       
  Approx
1870-1902
  Reverends Bonner, Rickman, Binga, Larter, Davis, I. W.W.
Brown, Gibbs, Faulkner, Redd, T.G. Johnson, T. J. Henderson, M.
Browning
       
    1902 -1914   Rev. R. L. Bradley and Rev. E. E. Thompson
         
    1915   Rev Wells
         
First Baptist Church on Mercer Street  Photo courtesy of Nancy Morand, City of Windsor Department of Heritage Planning
  Oct. 1922   Rev. H.L.Talbot
       
  1925 - 1933   Rev. H. L. McNeil, Rev A.R.James, Rev. A. Randall continues
       
  1934   Rev H.L. Talbot
       
  1938   Rev. C. L. Wells
         
    1945   Rev. Mack Brown
 
Early Members of First Baptist Church Congregation:
 
Detail of front doors and stainglass windows of First Baptist Church - Photo courtesy of Nancy Morand, City of Windsor Department of Heritage Planning
  John Jones
R.Baker
C.G. Stewart
Jas. Nall
C.S. Hardiman
John Craig
A.M. Johnson
Albert Wells
I .C.Parker
J.W. Providence
Edward Levi
  Jas. L Hyatt
John Simms
Art McDowell
Elvia Banks
Dolly Washington
Lizzie Monroe
Emily Levi
Emma Ware
Annie Steward
Eloise Taylor
 
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