Churches and their stories

North American Baptist Churches have a rich heritage.  The mission has remained the same from its earliest beginnings in the 1840’s — to share the gospel, make disciples and multiply servant leaders.   This family of churches is now over 400 strong and ministers to a variety of ethnic groups from all parts of the world.

This section features early churches which continue this missionary movement.  Many of these churches have changed names and locations to be able to continue to have a greater impact on the world.  The earliest churches often began as First German Baptist with daughter churches becoming Second or Third German Baptist. Sometimes street names were used to identify a church.  By 1940, nearly all the churches in the US had dropped “German” from their name.  Canada continued to receive German immigrants after WWII and ministered to German-speaking people for a longer period of time.

Early church moves were motivated by changes in populations of German-speaking people and seeking to be where the mission field was.  The shift to English language began early and spread from east to west across the US and Canada.

The churches featured in this section are listed under their current name.  Their story includes all previous names.  Some  churches have up to five names related to moves and to choosing names that more specifically reflected their identity.

Early NAB Churches -listed chronologically by start date – continue this heritage:

1849  Temple Baptist  – Cheektowaga (Buffalo), New York
1851  Orchard Community – [Latta Road] Rochester, New York
1854  Grace – Racine, Wisconsin
1855  Valley Stream Baptist – Valley Stream, New York
1858  Northwest Fellowship – Chicago, Illinois
1858   North Freedom – North Freedom, Wisconsin
1858  Minnestrista – St. Bonefacious, Minnesota
1860  First Baptist – St. Joseph, Michigan
1861  Greenvine – Burton, Texas
1861  Folsomdale – Cowlesville, New York
1861   Dorchester Drive – Erie, Pennsylvania
1862  Temple Baptist – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1864  Bethel Baptist – St. Clair Shores, Michigan
1864  Immanuel  – Kankakee, Illinois
1869  First – Arnpiror, Ontario
1869  Oak Street – Burlington, Iowa
1873  Shell Creek – Columbus, Nebraska
1873  Redeemer – Oakdale, Minnesota
1874  Aplington Baptist – Aplington, Iowa
1874  Pilgrim Baptist – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1875  Walnut Street Baptist  – Newark, New Jersey
1876  Randolph – Randolph, Minnesota
1876  Victor Baptist – Victor, Iowa
1876  Steamboat Rock Baptist – Steamboat Rock, Iowa
1876  Danzig Baptist – Avon, South Dakota
1878   First Baptist  – Lorraine, Kansas
1879   Bethany Baptist  – Portland, Oregon
1879   First Baptist – Elgin, Iowa
1879   First Baptist – Ellinwood, Kansas
1880   Ebenezer Baptist  – Abilene, Kansas
1881   Highland Baptist  – Junction City, Kansas
1882  East Side Community – Chicago, Illinois
1882   First Baptist  – Watertown, Wisconsin
1883   Elm Creek – LaVernia, Texas
1884   Word of Life – Alpena, Michigan
1884   West Side – Beatrice [Wymore], Nebraska
1885   West Center Street – Madison, South Dakota
1885   Faith Baptist – Minneapolis. Minnesota
1886   First Baptist – Emery, South Dakota
1886   First Baptist – Wishek, North Dakota
1886   First Baptist – Eureka, South Dakota
1886   Immanuel Baptist – Kyle, Texas
1887   Riverview – West St. Paul, Minnesota
1887   North Avenue Baptist – Brookfield, Wisconsin [Temple, Milwaukee]
1888   First Baptist  – Hebron, North Dakota
1888   First Baptist – Minot, North Dakota
1889   McDermot Avenue – Winnipeg, Manitoba
1889   Ebenezer Baptist – Ebenezer, Saskatchewan
1890   First – Avon, South Dakota
1890   West Hills Community   – Salem, Oregon
1890   Forest Park – Forest Park, Illinois
1890   Central Baptist – Waco, Texas
1891   Trinty Fellowship –  Portland, Oregon
1891   Canaan Baptist – Crawford, Texas
1891   Bethel Baptist – Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1892   Rabbit Hill – Edmonton, [Leduc County] Alberta
1892   First Baptist – George, Iowa
1892   Stafford Baptist – Wilsonville, Oregon
1893   Immanuel Baptist – Loyal, Oklahoma
1893   First Baptist – Chancellor, South Dakota
1893    Hillcrest – Highland Heights [Cleveland], Ohio
1893   Memorial Baptist – Parkston, South Dakota
1894   First Baptist – Leduc, Alberta
1894   First Baptist – Valley City, North Dakota
1894   Hillcrest Baptist – Sultan, Washington
1895   Calvary Baptist – Parkersburg, Iowa
1895   Oakbank Baptist – Oakbank, Manitoba
1895   Bethel Baptist – Getzville,
1896   Calvary Baptist – Westaskiwin, Alberta
1896   First Baptist – Durham, Kansas
1896   Emmanuel Baptist – Morris, Manitoba
1896   First Baptist – Auburn, Michigan
1896   Ashley Baptist – Ashley, North Dakota
1896   Salt Creek Baptist – Dallas, Oregon
1897   Grosse Pointe Baptist – Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
1897   Martin Baptist – Martin, North Dakota
1897   Herreid Baptist – Herreid, South Dakota
1898   Grace Community – Detroit, Michigan
1899   Hunters Ridge Community – Hutchinson, Minnesota
1899   Calvary Baptist – Tacoma, Washington
1900   Central Baptist – Edmonton, Alberta
1900   First Baptist – Buffalo Center, Iowa
1900   Central Baptist – George, Iowa
1900   Emmanuel Baptist – Marion, Kansas
1900   First Baptist – Goodrich, North Dakota
1900   First Baptist – Linton, North Dakota
1901   Century Meadows Baptist – Camrose, Alberta
1902   Bethel Baptist – Anaheim, California
1902   Grace Community Baptist – Trenton, Illinois
1902   Washburn Baptist – Washburn, North Dakota
1904   Emmanuel Baptist – Gladwin, Michigan
1904   Grace Baptist – Grand Forks, North Dakota
1904   McClusky Baptist – McClusky, North Dakota
1904   Ebenezer Baptist – Shattuck, Oklahoma
1905   First Baptist – Lodi, California
1905   Grace Baptist – Gackle, North Dakota
1905   First Baptist – Colfax, Washington
1906   Whiteshell Baptist – Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba
1906   First Baptist – Mercer, North Dakota
1906   Nokomis Baptist – Nokomis, Saskatchewan
1906   Southey Baptist – Southey, Saskatchewan
1907   Mowata Baptist – Eunice, Louisiana
1907   United Community Baptist – Anamoose, North Dakota
1908   Wiesenthal Baptist – Millet, Alberta
1908   Turtle Lake Baptist – Turtle Lake, North Dakota
1909   Calvary Baptist – Stafford, Kansas
1909   Napier Parkview Baptist – Benton Harbor, Michigan
1909   Calvary Baptist – Carrington, North Dakota
1909   First Baptist – Medina, North Dakota
1909   Second Baptist – Kenosha, Wisconsin
1910   Bethel First Baptist – Prince Rupert, British Columbia
1910   Immanuel Baptist – Beulah, North Dakota
1910   New Leipzig Baptist – New Leipzig, North Dakota
1910   Heritage Baptist – Yorkton, Saskatchewan
1911   Hilda Baptist – Hilda, Alberta
1911   Trochu Baptist – Trochu, Alberta
1911   Strassburg Baptist – Marion, Kansas
1911   Calvary Baptist – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
1911   Raymore Baptist – Raymore, Saskatchewan
1912   Grace Baptist – Calgary, Alberta
1912   Bismarck Baptist  – Bismarck, North Dakota
1912   Venturia  Baptist – Venturia, North Dakota
1912   Zion Baptist – Okeene, Oklahoma
1917   First Baptist – Plevna, Montana
1917   McIntosh Baptist – McIntosh, North Dakota
1917   Milo Terrace Baptist – Los Angeles, California
1918   Moosehorn  Baptist – Moosehorn, Manitoba
1919   Bethel Baptist – Cherokee, Oklahoma
1922   Immanuel Baptist – Kenosha, Wisconsin
1923   Calvary Baptist – Kilaloe, Ontaraio
1924   First Baptist – Elk Grove, California
1925   Bethel Baptist – Missoula, Montana