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Keywords:Coryell County Historical Markers, First Baptist Church of Gatesville
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Date taken9-Dec-17 16:24
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First Baptist Church of Gatesville

First Baptist Church of Gatesville

Gatesvillebr/ Coryell County, Texasbr/ 31 26.110' N 97 44.790' Wbr/ Directions: Start at the intersection of Main Street and 10th Street. The church is on the southwest corner of the br/ Text: Organized in 1856 with fewer than a dozen members, this congregation has been a part of Gatesville history for more than a century. The first meeting of the congregation was held in the Coryell County Courthouse, and early worship services were conducted in the homes of members. The Rev. W. A. Mason was the congregation's first pastor. A stone building was erected in 1866 to serve as a community school and house of worship for all denominations. The Baptist congregation met in the Union Church until 1872, when its first sanctuary was built on the corner of Bridge and 7th streets. An increase in membership necessitated the building of a larger sancturary. This property was acquired, and a new frame building was completed in 1883. It served the congregation until 1936, when it was replaced by a larger structure. Additional facilities were built over the years to accommodate the growing programs of the church. An important part of Gatesville's history, this congregtion continues to honor its founders and pioneers while serving the community with ongoing outreach programs.