Metro Jacksonville shares a behind-the-scenes look inside Downtown Jacksonville's largest religious institution, First Baptist Church.
Dining Room / Restaurant
Middle School Building and Bookstore
First Baptist Church Timeline
1838 - First Baptist Church established in July 1838 as the third church in Jacksonville.
1892 - The church settled at its present location between Hogan and Church Streets in the heart of the downtown district.
1901 - Church destroyed by the Great Jacksonville Fire of 1901.
1904 - Hobson Auditorium was completed.
1976 - 3,500-seat Ruth Lindsay Auditorium opens.
1986 - Preschool Building opens.
1988 - Sunday School enrollment stands at 14,172, up from 2,385 in 1969.
1993 - 10,000-seat present day auditorium opens.
2002 - Children's Building and Welcome Center opens.
2002 - plans for a state-of-the-art Senior Adult Building announced.
For more information on First Baptist Church Downtown: http://www.fbcjax.com/
Photographs and video by Daniel Herbin and Ennis Davis
Published February 13, 2010