Our Story

Since the beginning...

Known as Liberty Baptist Church right at the beginning, the faith family now known as First Baptist Church originally met in a hay shed just west of Steger Lumber Company in Durant. Led by Rev. Moses C. Clark, eight people met for the first time in 1889.

The church later began meeting near the present site at West Evergreen and North Second Street. In 1920, a two-story educational addition was completed to the north of the sanctuary. During this time period, FBC was instrumental in the formation of Calvary Baptist Church. In the 1940s a mission was established which became Fairview Baptist Church. Then in the 1950s another mission was started which later became Sunset View Baptist Church in Durant.

In 1964 the congregation completed and dedicated a new sanctuary for worship. This building still serves as the main meeting place for the congregation today. Additional space was added to the education wing and significant remodeling took place in 1984.

1983 marked the beginning of a television ministry and 1985 saw the establishment of the First Friends pre-school. FBC celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 1989 and promptly sponsored the beginning of the First Hispanic Baptist Mission in 1990. Primera Iglesia Bautista continues its ministry today.

The church then opened the Mark and Ethel Staton Family Life Center in 1992. FBC opened, for the second time, a free medical clinic in 1999 and helped sponsor the opening of The Pregnancy Center of Bryan County on church property in 2000. During that same year, the Hispanic mission moved into its own building at 1124 W. Alabama in Durant. In 2003, FBC dedicated the new Falls Creek cabin which sleeps 210 people on the grounds of Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in the arbuckle mountains near Davis, OK.

The church began a Christ-centered recovery ministry called Celebrate Recovery in 2009 and the Chinese Fellowship began to meet in 2011. Then in August of 2015, the church began using the newly built Student Worship Center for youth and college students to the east of the education wing near 1st Street.

See this video on the right from 2014 that celebrates 125 years of FBC Durant for more information on our history.

List of Pastors of First Baptist Church Durant, OK

Moses C. Clark1889-1901

Cortez Stubblefield1901-1909

John Hutchings Boyet1909-1914

Ed  G. Butler1914-1925

R.C. Miller1927-1940

Dr. Luther J. Holcomb1940-1942

Robert S. Scales1942-1947

L.L. Armstrong1947-1954

Joe Dee Ray1955-1957

Dr. William M. Pratt, Jr.1957-1961

Don H. Watterson1961-1962

Dr. J.M. Gaskin1963-1976

Dr. Fred Meeks1976-1980

Gerald Tidwell1980-1995

Steve Taylor1995-1998

James M. Robinson1998-2018

Garry McNeill2019-Present

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