- Bible Study - 9:00 am
- Contemporary and Blended - 10:30 am
The City of Waxahachie was organized on the banks of the Waxahachie Creek, from which it derived its name. The name “Waxahachie” comes from the Tonkawa Indian word meaning “Buffalo Creek.”
The famed Shawnee Trail, on which cattle were driven north to Kansas City markets and railheads, ran through what is now the center of town. The earliest inhabitants of the area were Tonkawa, Kickapoo, Bidai, Anadarko, and Huaco Indians.
Emory Rogers, the first Anglo settler in the area, came to this prairie land in 1846. His gift in 1850 of land for a townsite aided in the selection of Waxahachie as county seat of Ellis County.
1861 marks the formation of First Baptist Church with Rev. W. H. Stokes serving as the first pastor. First Baptist, the second church begun in Waxahachie, had twelve founding members. Originally meeting in the Methodist Episcopal building and then with the Cumberland Presbyterians. Through the years they have also met in a room under the Masonic Hall, a schoolhouse and even City Hall at one time. The present location was purchased in 1881, containing “one-half acre more or less,” for $231 cash plus assumption of a $200 note owed on the property. The first Worship Center which sat 300 people was built on the current site in 1882 where they have met ever since.
Missions and outreach have been a part of the DNA of First Baptist Waxahachie since its founding in 1861. Seven area churches have been started and sponsored by the church and additional support has been provided to new churches in Wyoming, Minnesota and Oregon. Involvement through youth and adult mission trips overseas to Mexico, Canada, Australia, Nicaragua, China, Russia, Estonia, India and Guatemala. Mission work in the United States has included Alabama, San Antonio, New Braunfels and Orange, TX. Other ministries include Common Ground to provide a place for after school and summer programs for children, Disaster Relief, and Christ Builders.
FBC, many generations, one vision: a regional church with a missional mindset that seeks to welcome, include, reach, and equip people to become fully devoted followers of Christ