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CELEBRATING

175 YEARS

FIRST ORGANIZED

May 29, 1842

The Selma Baptist Church of Christ was organized with eleven members by the missionary Rev. Solon Lindsley, of the Alabama State Convention. Rev. Lindsley was a Missionary of the Alabama State Convention in Selma and the vicinity prior to becoming the church’s first pastor. The constitution of the church was adopted on May 29, 1842.

FIRST CHURCH BUILDING COMPLETED

June 15, 1850

One June 15, 1850, the first church building was completed. It faced Church Street on the Northeast corner at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Church Street.

NEW SANCTUARY

April 5, 1900

On April 5, 1900, First Baptist Church purchased a lot on the corner of Dallas Avenue and Lauderdale Street. On May 3, 1901, a contract was entered into for the construction of the present sanctuary building. On the third Sunday in September 1904, the former pastor Rev. A.J. Dickinson preached the first sermon in the new sanctuary. On January 7, 1909, the church building was paid in full and a dedication service was held on February 28, 1909.

EDUCATIONAL BUILDING STARTED

August 5, 1923

On August 5, 1923, construction began on the Sunday School building adjacent to the Sanctuary building. The new building was occupied in late spring of 1924.

NEW EDUCATIONAL BUILDING APPROVED

July 12, 1962

On July 12, 1962, the church adopted recommendations to begin construction on a new three-story educational building. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in August 5, 1962. Dedication and open house for the new educational building was held on January 12, 1964 and immediate use of the building began.

In 1965, Dr. Henry L. Lyon, III was called as the pastor of the church, beginning a ministry on May 2, 1965. Between May of 1965 and May of 1972, there were 1,053 additions to the church, 500 of which were by  baptism.

FACILITY UPGRADES

May 2005

Over the years, there were several minor upgrades to each of the church’s buildings. The lighting in the Sanctuary was replaced in 1989. The largest effort, however, was the 2001-2004 campaign and renovation to replace the slate roof at a cost of over $1 million.

In May of 2005, a renovation committee under the leadership of Jon Moore went forward with the daunting task of renovating the Old Educational Building. At that time the building was eighty one years old. The building was completely gutted and rebuilt at a cost of almost $2 million. This state-of-the-art facility was dedicated in May of 2011.

RESTORATION OF THE SANCTUARY

June 4, 2013

There was a concern that our sanctuary had not been updated in over thirty years. The undertaking was designed to be unparalleled in its planning and efficiency. The entire project from beginning of construction until completion had to occur in just ten weeks! Under the leadership of Harold Speir and the renovation committee much work was done before the beginning of construction. Construction was started on June 4, 2013. The original heart pine floors were restored, as well as the addition of a custom-designed chandelier and sconces. The pews were restored and a new screen for the organ pipes was installed. On August 18, 2013 we moved back into our newly renovated sanctuary.

175 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

May 28, 2017

Special Honoree:
Noble Leslie DeVotie

We will be honoring Noble Leslie DeVotie by naming the current “Old Educational Building” in his honor. Click the button below to learn more about him.

Special Honoree:
Mr. Alex Goldsby

Church Deacon Alex Goldsby lead the way to create the first African-American school that was located in the church’s basement.

Special Honoree:
Miss Kathleen Mallory

Miss Kathleen Mallory was one of the most influential leaders of the Alabama WMU and was a long-time member of FBC. Click the button below to learn more about her.

HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS
Photos of the former pastors

We are collected a few old historical photos including most of the former pastors.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE
And a complete history.

Follow the link below to view the historical timeline and view a complete history of the church.

SEE THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

Photos and information on each of the sanctuary's stained glass windows.