First Baptist Church
31027 Depot St.
New Church, VA 23415
First Baptist Church, New Church, VA. was started in the early part of 1909 by 49 Charter members who had previously attended Chincoteague Baptist Church. Chincoteague Baptist Church, located on Sign Post Road, New Church, VA was founded by Elijah Baker in 1786. Elijah Baker was an early pioneer on the Eastern Shore.
Many members of Chincoteague Baptist felt that there was a great need to have a Baptist Church in the center of the village of New Church and this was the beginning of our (FBC)church history. Since the beginning of FBC we have had 26 different pastors with Rev. Bobby Parks being our current pastor.
First Baptist celebrated it’s 100th anniversary in September 2009 with a day of celebration in history, song, laughter and a ‘sit down dinner’. The afternoon was concluded with a hymn sing. Previous pastors and members were invited and attended and given the opportunity to speak, the sermon for the celebration was given by Rev. Dr. Joey T. Anthony, Midway Baptist Church, Phenix, VA., who had been the pastor at First Baptist from June 1992 through June 1997.
First Baptist was started by ‘mission minded’ Christians wanting to share Jesus and that continues at the heart of First Baptist members. We not only support the SBCV, BGAV, Franklin Graham Operation Blessing – Shoeboxes @ Christmas and other mission out-reach programs both locally and foreign.