WOOD RIVER — The First Baptist Church of Wood River will commemorate 100 years of service and ministry on Sunday, June 12.
The congregation invites the community to a special centennial program at the church, beginning at 2 p.m., where Mayor Frank Akers will give the keynote address. A reception and open house will follow.
Founded on June 10, 1916, the First Baptist Church of Wood River is one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the Wood River area. Located mere blocks from the outset of the Lewis and Clark expedition, this historic church began in the residence of one of its founding members before building its first meeting house: A one-room frame building with a dirt floor. Five years later, in 1921, the church built the building it continues to occupy today.
On Sunday, June 12, the morning worship service at 10:15 a.m. will feature guest preacher the Rev. Paul Gibson, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region.
The centennial program will highlight the church’s history and legacy in the community.
“Our congregation finds inspiration in its century-long commitment to serve this community,” Pastor the Rev. Rob Kirbach said. “Countless local families have celebrated significant moments and have made lifelong memories here. In an era of suburbs and urban sprawl, we’re proud to continue our mission as a neighborhood church.”
More information about this event can be found online at fbcwoodriver.org/centennial or by calling the church office at (618) 254-6652.