Faithfully Serving the Lord for

150 Years

On Sunday, July 30, 1865, nine persons gathered in the Old Temperance Hall on South Main Street in Pinckneyville and established a Baptist church.  Three years later that church officially took the name of First Baptist Church of Pinckneyville.

Before the church was one year old, the Sunday School was organized by R.M. Davis.  Church members met on Sunday afternoons for Bible study.

On December 27, 1868 the church dedicated its first building.  Affectionately referred to as the Old Brick, this building served the FBCP congregation for the next 37 years until it was taken down in 1905 to make room for a new church building.

The second church building was dedicated in 1905. It was in this building that the Illinois Baptist State Association was organized on January 31, 1907. This historic event has been commemorated at FBCP on both the Golden Jubilee (1957) and 125th Anniversary (1990) of the formation of this important organization.

On New Year’s Eve, 1939, the church was heavily damaged by fire, requiring extensive repairs and remodeling. The remodeled building served the FBCP congregation until it was removed in 1958 to make room for the building currently in use.

On June 21, 1953, ground was broken for the first phase of three-phase building project.  The project included an L-shaped, 100 room, educational building .  The two-story building was very modern for its time.  It was air conditioned and included a large kitchen with modern appliances.  The educational building was dedicated on June 5, 1955.

The Sanctuary was dedicated on May 1, 1960.  The most striking feature of the stately Colonial-style building is the 24 ½ foot stainless steel spire which is topped with a box in the shape of an open Bible.  The box contains an actual Bible and is a design unique to FBCP.  This building has undergone several remodeling and renovation projects throughout its 60 year history.  On August 2, 2015 the FBCP celebrated 150 years of service in this building.