First Baptist Collinsville was founded in 1926 with just 21 charter members. Initially, they worshipped once a month in the Collinsville Methodist Church building. Our first building was built in 1928 with concrete bricks made on site and cost $1,600. During the first 23 years as a church, there were 131 additions to the membership.
In 1949, four Sunday School classrooms were added to the sanctuary. Later, a parsonage and new sanctuary and education spaces were built from 1954 - 55. A baptistry was added in 1957.
Separate children’s and youth educational spaces and a new sanctuary were later built. Our membership increased to over 500 individuals and we were called to meet as one body in one worship service. In 2013, we had outgrown our Worship Center so more space was added.
In 2016, a tornado destroyed all of our buildings. Our congregation was graciously welcomed in Pine Forest and Faith Baptist Church to worship as we rebuilt. During the construction process, we were pushed outside our comfort zone and it enabled us to become deeply rooted within our community.
In 2018, we began worshiping in our new building, but we will always remember the lessons we learned during our displacement!
The church is more than a building.
We have been sent out to welcome others in.