On August 20, 2017, the congregation of First Free Will Baptist Church celebrated the Church’s 115th anniversary, commemorating over a century of ministry in Eastern North Carolina.


August 20, 2017: The members of First Free Will Baptist Church gather for worship on the Church’s 115th anniversary.

During the morning service, Pastor Keith Gardner recounted a brief history of First Church. “In 1902, the Reverend W. H. Laughinghouse and a small group of Christian believers had the vision to form a new church in Greenville… the Church was later admitted to the Central Conference of Free Will Baptists on November 5th, 1903.”

From these early beginnings, the Lord has inspired the men and women of First Free Will Baptist Church to accomplish great things for Him.  The Church built its first worship building in 1916. Due to a growing congregation, a new church building was constructed in 1973, and completed in 1974. A fellowship hall was added in 1987.

The original church building located at the corner of Eleventh and Forbes Streets, Greenville, NC.


Over the last 115 years, First Church has always been a Bible-believing, Christ-centered Church. Our family of faith has worked to spread the gospel message to people throughout Pitt County; additionally, our members have supported missionaries who have carried the message of Christ to foreign nations around the world.

In spite of our rich history, Pastor Keith strongly believes that the Church’s best days are yet to come. “Where God guides, he provides.” Pastor Keith said with a smile. “He is guiding our church to accomplish great things for the cause of Christ. I’m excited about what God is doing here at First Church.”


If you are interested in learning more about what God is doing at First Church, please join us this Sunday at 10:00 AM. We are located at 2426 S. Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC. Come worship with us.


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