Church History & Core Values of

First Baptist Church Longview

Church History

FBCL has been blessed with a rich heritage dating back to 1871. For most of these years, the church has been a leader in missions work including Dr. John Wharton reaching out to roughnecks in the shanties in east Longview during "The Depression", to Dr. W. Morris Ford leading the church forward in international missions giving to Dr. Kenneth Hall introducing the entire church to innovative missions involvement at home and across the world.

Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided;
Great is thy failthfulness, Lord unto me.Gospel Hymn
Today, the church remains a leader among Southern Baptist and Texas Baptist churches in spreading the Gospel message to the ends of the earth as well as in East Texas. Many opportunities abound today for the First Baptist family to be involved in missions locally, across our nation, and around the world, pray for mission efforts, and share financial resources with those who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ's offer of salvation.

Second church building, circa 1900

Memorial Auditorium, circa 1914

Core Values

First Baptist Church Longview adopted the following core values at a regularly scheduled Family Conference. All decisions of the church are filtered through these core values.

Biblical Authority
Unity of the Body
Authentic Worship
Lifestyle of Prayer
Missions and Evangelism
Transformational Discipleship
Godly JoyAdopted February 13, 2011

Main Sanctuary, Present Day