People are our priority at First Baptist Church Dawsonville, GA. We are eager to meet you and share the love with which Christ has blessed us. You will experience a warm fellowship, tremendous music, challenging ministries and a life changing message each and every Sunday. You will find that God has prepared a very special place just for you in this fellowship of believers. Our theme for 2016 is "Matters of the Heart." Please feel free to browse through our website for information on our wonderful church, our staff, and ministry opportunities.
Our beautiful campus is adjacent to Lake Lanier and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. We have a full staff led by our senior pastor, Dr. Jim Gaines. First Baptist Church is committed to reaching people for Jesus Christ and developing believers by helping them to discover their ministry gifts while developing a community of loving, supportive people. We are committed to Personal Evangelism as well as Foreign, Local and Social Ministries. We are a Southern Baptist Church with strong ties to the Georgia Baptist Convention as well as the Southern Baptist Convention.
PLEASE NOTE: Youth and Children’s activities will follow the school calendar. Please check the YEARLY CALENDAR on our website for beginning and ending dates. Thank you!
SUNDAY MORNING ACTIVITIES
Coffee in the Fellowship Hall 9:30
Bible Study for all age groups 9:45 - 10:45
Celebration Worship Service (Blended Music): 11:00 - 12:00 noon
Sunday Night Activities
Adult Bible Study and Prayer 6:00 P.M.
Prevail Class: College and Early Career 7:00 - 8:00 P.M.
Quarterly Church Conference: held January 9th, April 18th, July 11th, October 10th
Men’s Breakfast Fellowship: 7:30 A.M. at Papa's Place
Visitation: Tuesday Evenings 6:00 P.M.
Thursday (First Thursday of Month)
11:00 A.M Joy Club
Worship in the beautiful North Georgia mountains
Dawsonville Baptist Church was constituted in the year 1854 AD. The very early church records were destroyed by fire in 1928, at which time church clerk Grover Taylor reconstructed the Articles of Faith, which served until 1985 when conference ratified the correct Constitution and Bylaws, which established the name The First Baptist Church, Inc.
For the first almost ninety years, a one-room structure accommodated all services, which consisted of Sunday School, and two monthly preaching services. Building expansion plans that began in 1939 realized fruition in the form of a new facility that included a sanctuary and four Sunday School rooms – almost debt free – and first used August 31, 1943. Very soon, the note of indebtedness was burned at a Sunday A.M. service, although such event is not recorded in minutes. Facility improvement programs followed in 1955, 1968 and 1988. The church took a bold forward step when, with the calling of Rev. Hugh Fields as pastor, full-time services were begun.
In any historical sketch of a church, note must go to the integral contributions of pastors. With apologies of any omissions, a list of pioneer pastors who have served follows: Before 1928: J.R. Stone, G. Marion Taylor, D.J. Burt, Pink Moss, Henry Wood, Rev. Poore, Firman Williams, H. H. Humphries. Since 1928: W.E. Patterson, G.W. Forrest, B.J. Faulkner, J.T. Bell, Henry Warren, J.H. Boling, Ford Phillips, C.B. Gazaway, Hugh Fields, W.D. Lawes (interim), Grant Fennell Minor Martin, Tommie Gene Smith, Minor Martin (interim), Ray Rhodes, Dr. Robert Green (interim), Dr. Alan D. Hix, and Dr. Jim Gaines.
A visionary step was taken in 1998 when the leadership and members of this church felt God calling them to provide a larger facility of worship and ministry for the growing and changing county. The church called Dr. Jim Gaines as its pastor to lead the congregation in realizing this vision. The church purchased 9 acres less than two miles north of the downtown facility in 1999 and an additional 3 acres in 2001 for a total of 12 acres. After three years of much prayer and careful planning, a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility was held on July 8, 2001 with completion scheduled for early fall of 2002. Our new facility has a 750-seat worship center, a fellowship hall, ample classroom space, and an office suite.