First Baptist Church of Medina

Many people look for hope in their darkest hour, First Baptist Church (FBC) has served as a light in the darkness for the people of Medina. It has given the people of the United States of America hope throughout all of its trials from the Revolutionary War and to the “War” on Isis. The USA was founded on the fact that all men were created equal, which is based on the idea of one of the quintessential beliefs of christianity and of FBC. FBC in Medina was and is one of these churches. It was a small church for a small town, at the time, serving as a beacon of hope and comfort for those with problems – being there for the people of Medina in times of need and in times of plenty.People in the United States during WW1, WW2, and the Cold War had a lot of fears and anxieties of the death of their loved ones in those times of great concern. Many people would turn to churches, like FBC, for hope and comfort in their time of dire need. After the return of their fathers, brothers, and sons, the American people became more relaxed with their faith and returned to their old mindset. The American people seemed to follow this pattern in almost every huge crisis in American History. Due to this almost constant fluctuation many churches at this time would hit some points where there congregation would seem to almost end completely. FBC is not an exception to this challenge to spread their message about the saving grace of God. To properly understand the history of FBC, one must first have a brief historical background of Medina. Medina Township was founded by Elijah Boardman in 1807. Twenty-six years later, FBC was organized on August 20, 1833, by fourteen men and women. The church’s first pastor was Reverend M. Newton. As the church grew, local homes and schoolhouses used as meeting sites became inadequate in size. In September, 1845, the church erected its first building at 123 West Liberty Street. At this time the FBC had about 46 members. A few years later, the town square’s first fire struck, devastating the people of this proud and beautiful city, but they carried on. This attitude of perseverance led FBC to continue for another 150 years, even with minor speed bumps during its service to the community.

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150th Anniversary Pamphlet

150th Anniversary Pamphlet

This was a hand out sheet for recognizing how long First Baptist Church has been in Medina in the year of 1983. Every person who attended this service would be given this sheet of paper. Hundreds of these sheets would be handed out. For 150 years First Baptist Church has been a place of worship in Medina which is a very long time considering that Ohio became a State in 1803. It shows all of the former Church buildings and the current building which still stands today. The new building was built in a different location then the first two because they needed more space than the city could offer. " Image Courtesy of First Baptist Church of Medina." View File Details Page

Original Building

Original Building

This was the first, First Baptist Church in Medina, Ohio. Small in today's terms but back then for the town's small size it was perfect. The Church consisted out of nothing but wood, windows, nails, and paint. It was big enough for a few rows of chairs, the pastor's stand, and maybe a powder room. Inspired by Greek and Roman architecture the Church was built like most buildings at that time with its Doric style pillars. People would come here to praise God on Sundays and sometimes a bible study during the week. They would come to be inspired to continue to follow the path of Jesus Christ in their time of hardship and to encourage them to do the right thing throughout the week. "Image Courtesy of First Baptist Church of Medina." View File Details Page

1910 Building

1910 Building

In 1903 First Baptist Church had begun to reconstruct and add more space until the completion in 1910. This is what First Baptist Church of Medina looked like after 1910 at the address of 123 W. Liberty Street. They started to build around the original church on 1903 until 1910. It had all the gadgets the early 1900's could offer. This is when First Baptist started to show a more modern church design rather than having a steeple. This may have been a turn off. in those times, but First baptist Church was not the building, it was it's people. "Image Courtesy of First Baptist of Medina." View File Details Page

New Building, New Location

New Building, New Location

After many successful years in the city First Baptist Church was only limited on the size that downtown Medina could offer. So the Deacons and the Pastors at the time decided that it was best to move out of the downtown area in the late 1970's and get a location around the outskirts of Medina. The building had become quite the increase in size compared to the early buildings, but would comfortably fit all of the attendants. Overpopulation in the church and the growing numbers of cars, the movement was an all-around great decision. This area would eventually grow into a great location for many businesses including, Yours Truly. " Image Courtesy of First Baptist Church of Medina." View File Details Page

Construction of The New Building in 1979

Construction of The New Building in 1979

First Baptist Church of Medina was in need of a bigger space so it could fit more people into the Sunday services. It had become an issue because of the former churches small size they could not keep enough people and there was not a lot of room for activities such as events or smaller stuff like a playground for the kids. They decided to start building right off of Medina road. The location was a good choice since it would not be that far from the downtown city. View File Details Page

Audio

Miss Minnie's Describing the Church being built

Miss Minnie talks about the first stones and logs being gathered for the foundation and frame. She describes how non baptist people would say how they can not build it because there was too few of them, but they persevered and finished the building after a few years. View File Details Page

Miss Minnie's Observations of the Church in the 1880's

Miss Minnie explains what a normal couple of Sundays at First Baptist Church was back in the early 1880's. She describes her surroundings in the church as well as a few prominent members during this time. View File Details Page

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Jayce Koloda, Thomas Garrison, “First Baptist Church of Medina,” Discover Medina, accessed April 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/264.

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