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All in the Family: The Golden Age, 1945-1960

When asked to name Auburn First Baptist Church’s golden age, long time members often mention the years from the end of World War II to the 1960s. America’s most formidable global economic competitors lay in ruins. People discovered new and profound meaning in their families. They sought religious renewal. Baptist evangelist Billy Graham launched a…

The Making of Modern Auburn First Baptist Church

Nearly all churches have several beginnings, some many more. As decades come and go, realities change, and elements of tradition and modernity collide, dramatic alterations occur. For Auburn First Baptist, the decades between 1900 and 1940 produced most of those transitions. Organizationally, theologically, and culturally, the church after 72 years of life became more like…

Forty Years of Memories

On Thursday evening, 20 June 2013, in Coleman Fellowship Hall, Dale Peterson shared some of his cherished memories from forty years as Minister of Music at Auburn First Baptist. Special thanks to Mark Wilson for providing an impromptu recording of this unique event, now available for download using the link below.

Important Intersections at Auburn First Baptist

Intersections can be figurative or literal, destructive or constructive. Sometimes, they can be both. We are the church at the corners of Glenn, Gay, and College. But in 1900 we also occupied intersections of a new century, a failed pastorate, a phenomenally successful new pastorate, a period of growth unprecedented in church history, a strong…

Oral History Project: Betty Williams

Earlier today, Dr. Wayne Flynt sat down with Ms. Betty Williams, lifelong member of Auburn First Baptist Church, to record her oral history as it relates to AFBC. This is the inaugural interview in Auburn First Baptist’s Oral History Project: The Oral History Project is an endeavor of the 175th Anniversary Committee in celebration of…

Building the Body of Christ at Auburn First Baptist

If I. T. Tichenor was the flaming comet shooting across Auburn skies in the 1870s, leaving in its wake both solid ecclesiastical and educational institutions, Patrick Hues Mell, Jr., and C. E. Little were the smaller, more enduring, and perhaps in the long run more important meteors trailing behind. As impressive as Tichenor’s denominational influence…

Looking Ahead…

In the middle of our 175th anniversary, Auburn First Baptist is exploring our past while looking to the future. I think all are enjoying the historical essays written by Wayne Flynt. We have also enjoyed the display in our foyer outside the sanctuary. And, although reading about our church’s history and looking at pictures of…

History of the Auburn Baptist Church

History of the Auburn Baptist Church By Mary Reese Frazer Originally published as a pamphlet in 1926. In 1838, this part of the State was inhabited by the Creek Indians; they were not an antagonistic tribe, and were somewhat friendly with the white man. One John Harper and his son, Jack, came into this part…

A History: First Baptist Church of Auburn, Alabama; 1838-1966

Foreword The Church Member Orientation Program being pursued at this time (Fall 1965) during the Training Union hour, includes a study entitled, “Your Church And Its History.” There being no compiled history since 1926, and this writer having been a member of this church since August 26, 1900, she was asked to write a sketch bringing…

Settling In: The Antebellum Years

The years between the beginnings of Auburn First Baptist and the Civil War were like those of most new institutions: short-term leaders; slow development of patterns, traditions, and practices; financial challenges; some eccentric people. For instance, the mother of the second pastor dreamed three nights in succession that she would birth a son, who would…

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