150 Years and Still Growing

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Standing for Truth
from the Beginning

The church has continued to build on the legacies of its predecessors, keeping God’s Word as the cornerstone of our life and ministry.

Founding Members

Every story begins somewhere, and the story of First Baptist Dallas began in 1868 with 11 members who chose to be faithful.

Built on the Bible

The Bible is the center and sole focus of First Baptist Dallas. Under its direction and influence, all other ministry takes place.

A Legacy of
Faithful Pastors

Since 1868, First Dallas has experienced the blessing of strong, godly leadership. Three in particular have stood the test of time.

A Loving Family

First Baptist Dallas is a church family made of different parts and connected by our love for the Lord and our love for this church.

Investing in Our City

"The whole city of Dallas is the neighborhood of the First Baptist Church,” Dr. Criswell once said. Dallas is our Jerusalem, and we praise God for the opportunity to serve Him here.

THROUGH THE YEARS

1868

First Baptist Dallas first organized in Masonic Lodge

1890

Historic Sanctuary was completed

1897-1944

Dr. George W. Truett Pastorate

1922

Radio Broadcasts Begin

1944-2002

Dr. W.A. Criswell Pastorate

1951

Television Broadcasts Begin

1954

Family Ministries and Community Outreach Grow

2007 - Present

Dr. Robert Jeffress Pastorate

2013

Recreated Campus Grand Opening

2017

Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington, D.C.

PRESENT AND FUTURE

The gospel spreads through the growth of Broadcast Ministries, Pathway To Victory with Dr. Robert Jeffress and iCampus

Did you know that First Baptist Dallas was started in 1868 by 11 people?

Did you know that the stained glass of the Historic Sanctuary is the same today as it was when it was built in 1890?

Did you know that in 1918 President Wilson asked George Truett, the then Pastor of First Baptist Dallas, to preach to American soldiers fighting in Europe?

Did you know that in 1921, First Baptist Dallas aired on the radio for the first time?

Did you know that First Baptist Dallas once had a roller skating rink?

Did you know that Dr. W.A. Criswell would wear white suits when he preached so that it would show up better when seen on black and white television?

Landing

"TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD WITH GOD’S WORD…
ONE LIFE AT A TIME"