Faith Baptist Church had very humble beginnings in 1975. The "Hut" was our first home. Those first days were interesting to say the least. The nursery was in the kitchen with a gas range, we counseled people in restrooms and we held classes on buses. When it would rain we had to set out buckets during the service, and on Wednesday nights Brother Billy had to preach loud to drown out the softball games going on next door. In spite of the building limitations, God blessed and the church began to grow. Within two years we outgrew the American Legion building and had to move. God provided a beautiful piece of property in Jackson Heights. The fact that we were a two-year old church with no track record made getting a loan very difficult. But God opened the door as He often did and construction began at our new site. Many men took an entire week's vacation to work on the building. In a matter of weeks we were ready to move into our new building at our present Jackson Heights location. The church was jam-packed on the first Sunday as we sat in metal chairs. Those were exciting days as we saw our bus ministry expand; many were saved in homes and revivals and Kids Kusades became a yearly fixture at our church. As the membership gre we added staff and began to expand the building section by section.
Each time we would expand the facilities God would fill them up and we would have to expand again. The final expansion increased our auditorium to 300 seats and provided a much needed community lobby for our fellowship.
Our past is so much more than buildings and programs, it is people. In the early days of our church it never ceased to amaze us how God would always send the right person at the right time. An electrician would show up just when we needed him, a pianist arrived just in time and that
teacher came just when we needed her. We can verify the saying "where God guides God provides".
In July of 1975, Billy Price and his wife, Elaine, stepped out on faith and moved to the Covington area to start Faith Baptist Church. We have been blessed to have Brother Billy as our pastor for the last 35 years. August 2010
marked our 35th anniversary.
FBC held its first service in "The Hut", the American Legion Building, at the city playground at 10:00 am on Sunday, August 3, 1975.
There were 28 present in Sunday School with a combined Sunday school class for adults taught by Brother Billy and a combined
Sunday school class for children taught by Sister Elaine. There were 50 people present for the 11:00am worship service. At our very first
invitation David Wolfe and Brian Bland accepted Jesus as their Savior. At 3:00pm and 7:00pm tha same day, the film "The Burning Hell" was
shown with over 100 people attending each showing.
We look forward to God's continued guidance and direction as we strive to reach the lost and hurting of our community.
Listed below are some of the historical highlights of Faith Baptist Church's ministry:
- First revival held with Rev. Frankie Hall.
- "Hour of Faith" radio broadcast began; charter member signing service with 48 members; began support of very first missionary (we presently support 18 missionaries).
March 14, 1976
- Bus ministry began.
May 29, 1977 - Our first building facility was completed with 321 in attendance for the first service.
1984 - The McAllister Addition was built (Sunday school addition) and dedicated "In
Memory" of Brother Jim McAllister. Brother McAllister found the
land for our present building and dedicated many hours and days to the erecting
of FBC. He will always be remembered in our hearts.
1986 - Auditorium was expanded; began camp scholarship.
1988 - Built our present storage building an garage.
- Held Note-Burning service (14th anniversary), allowing us to be debt-free.
- Expanded the back parking lot 50 feet.
Fall 1992 -
construction began on our new Sunday school addition, which gave us five additional classrooms.
- Paved the church driveway entrance and added handicap ramps to the front and back porches.
October 29, 2000
- FBC celebrated 25th Anniversary!
October 2001 -
Expanded and graveled parking lot.
July 2002 -
Began construction on remodeling and expansion of auditorium, foyer, sound room and bathrooms.
November 17, 2002
- First Sunday in newly renovated auditorium.
March 26, 2003
- Dedication service for new auditorium.
October 2003 -
Completed paving of parking lot.
September 11, 2005
- FBC celebrated 30th Anniversary!
- FBC celebrated 35th Anniversary!
- FBC celebrated 40th Anniversary!
Coming September 2020 we will be celebrating 45 years!