The VIPP Report: Lexington, KY church continues to be a community leader after 225 years




The First African Baptist Church in Lexington is planning a celebration as part of the 225th Church Anniversary & Homecoming.  From 1790 to 2015, the church has been a staple in the community meeting spiritual and social needs. Now, the members would like to reflect on their rich history and how resilient their congregation has become.  From the humble beginnings in 1790, First African Baptist Church has moved from Old Captain’s “Territory” in a log cabin to purchasing the old Douglas School property on Price Road from the Fayette County Board of Education in 1981. With the purchase of the Douglas School property under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. L. H. McIntyre, on April 14, 2002, the church held its Debt Free Mortgage Burning service after paying off a $1.2 million dollar mortgage.

To kick-off the weekend of celebration, we will hold an anniversary banquet at the Campbell House, 1375 S. Broadway on Friday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m.  Dr. Henry Wise Jones of the Mt. Zion 2nd Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA will be our Guest Preacher.

On Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. all are invited to First African Baptist Church for opening of The Legacy Room. On display will be memorabilia of the church’s storied history.

On Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. come out and celebrate with the members of First African Baptist Church.  We are located at 465 Price Road.  This year’s theme is “Remembering The Former Glory”, “Rejoicing In His Glory”, “Reaching For Future Glory”.  Dr. L.H. McIntyre will be the guest minister.

With all of the rich history within the four walls of the church, this landmark commemoration will undoubtedly be a staple in Kentucky and African American history.  The church has only had a total of 14 pastors to date.  Current pastor, Rev. N.L. Moore has been with the church since 2009 and couldn’t be happier to be a part of the congregation and this weekend’s celebration and homecoming. Pastor Moore says “We are the inheritors of a spiritual heritage filled with many achievements and accomplishments. As such we bask in the glory of God praising Him for all His wondrous favor toward us. Without a shadow of doubt, He has done great things for us and we are convinced He is not finished just yet.”

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