Here at the First Baptist Church of Plantation, our mission is to glorify God by moving God's people to achieve His purpose by sharing the gospel and ministering to the many peoples of Plantation and central Broward Country through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our motto is “Tell one more, bring one more, lead one more to Jesus Christ.”
2 Timothy 4:2 says “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” Through sermon messages, live events, ministry and outreach, we seek to share the love of Christ with our community in a way that draws near to Christ. Ready to join a ministry? Click here.
Our Church History
The First Baptist Church of Plantation was constituted on December 25, 1960. On that date, the membership totaled nine, and met in the Fairchild Funeral home, under the leadership of Pastor Sherman W. Swan. At present the resident membership count is approximately 170.
A church building site of 5 ½ acres was secured at 150 NW 46th Avenue in March of 1961. The parsonage at 5490 SW Fifth Street was purchased in 1962. And, during that year, the construction of the small sanctuary and education building was begun. The members met at Peter’s Elementary School while awaiting completion of the building. The completed building was dedicated on March 3, 1963 with membership well over 100. The present sanctuary was built and dedicated in 1968, and was extensively renovated in 1982.
Worship services were held in the sanctuary which seats approximately 400, with additional seating for 75-100 in the balcony and behind the sanctuary. The older, smaller sanctuary, which is now the Chapel, is used for Sunday School classes, bible study, evening services, and small weddings.
A church objective was adopted in June 1973, as follows: “Our objective is to provide a fellowship whose learning and worship of God results in redemptive and responsible Christian living.”
By the end of the 1970’s, First Baptist Church was without a pastor. Dr. Stan Christian stepped in as interim pastor for five months, after which the pulpit was filled by many guest pastors. In September of 1980 the church welcomed Reverend William E. Amos to the pulpit as they considered him for the position of pastor. On November 20, 1980 he delivered his first sermon as pastor of First Baptist Church. By then, the third phase of the long range construction plan was completed, with the addition of the Fellowship Hall and a fully equipped commercial kitchen in 1985. On June 8, 1986 the Library-Media Center was opened. In the late 80’s, in an effort to bridge the gap and welcome the ethnically diverse influx to the area, a new logo and motto were adopted. The multi color/multi cultural logo was adopted with the acronym LASER ~ Loving And Serving Every Race.
After the departure of Pastor Amos in 1991, the church was under the leadership of Pastor Bob Hylton, who served for six years, until 1997. On May 22, 1992 the First Baptist Church of Plantation purchased 1 ½ acres of land on Broward Boulevard, on which was located a large house. Plans were drawn up to renovate the house into a child care facility. The construction and renovation were completed in December of 1992, and the new Child Enrichment Center opened for service on January 4, 1993, with 4,500 sq. ft. of working space. The Child Enrichment Center was a HRS licensed facility with capacity for 85 children. That ministry experienced many changes over the years, becoming our preschool known as Laser Christian Academy. In May of 2009 the Laser Christian Academy was closed, and the building was subsequently leased to another child care facility.
From 1998 through 2002, Pastor Rick Braswell was appointed as part-time Pastor. 2002-2003 Ben Tallie was interim pastor. In September 2003, Pastor William Blosch was installed as Pastor of First Baptist. In 2008, the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws were revised and approved by the membership. Pastor William Blosch served as Pastor of First Baptist Church for the years 2003 – 2008. In July of 2008, the church went through a four-month transition period after the departure of Pastor Blosch. The pulpit was filled by several guest pastors. On December 1, 2008, Pastor Gerald O. Gallimore arrived as the Interim Pastor.
On April 1st, 2009, Rev. Gerald O. Gallimore was officially installed as the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Plantation, and since then, God has granted us the privilege to overcome many challenges. Many outstanding repairs and upgrades have taken place, and new ministries are being developed. We have upgraded our Praise and Worship with a live band; we have established a Children’s Church; and we have reinvigorated our Youth Ministries to help us focus on discipleship, evangelism, and worship across all ages.
We thank God we have been able to minister and serve this community for half a century, and pray that with His help, we will continue to prosper for many years to come.