In 1881, six months after the establishment of Abilene, Texas, seventeen residents met at the local public school building and chartered First Baptist Church of Abilene. These founders instilled a mission-minded focus in the new institution, While First Baptist was not the only institution that served Abilene, the church's importance cannot be overlooked. For over 125 years, First Baptist Church of Abilene has played a prominent role in the Abilene community. From its inception, First Baptist dedicated itself to meeting the needs of Abilene. The missionary spirit led to the creation of numerous programs, other churches, and major institutions in town. Through its commitment to serving God through loving others, First Baptist played an indispensable roll in shaping the history of Abilene, Texas.
ROB FINK is visiting professor of history at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas Tech University. TIFFANY M. FINK is assistant professor of history at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas Tech University.
120 Pages. Cloth with dust jacket. Index. Bibliography. 65 B&W Photographs. 1 Map.