First Baptist Church of Meridian
Bosque County, Texas
31 55.550' N 97 39.302' W
Directions: Start at the intersection of A Street and Hill Street. The church is on the northeast corner of the intersection.
Text: John Clabaugh and W.A. Mason, missionaries for the Texas Baptist Convention, established First Baptist Church of Meridian on March 13, 1859 with ten area residents. Circuit-riding preachers conducted the first worship services, and the congregation met in the county courthouse and in the community school until members constructed a church building in the 1870s. The church moved to new sites in 1888 and again in 1947. Missions have been a primary focus of the congregation; members have also worked with area youth and with the elderly. Today, First Baptist Church continues to serve as a spiritual leader for the residents of Meridian.