On November 13, 1887, with thirteen members, The First Baptist Church of Redlands was organized. The rest, one could say, is history, but it is more than simply the chronology of events. Generations of men, women, and children have participated in and contributed to the growth and vitality of the church’s mission and ministry. Their stories reveal the power of God's grace to transform and renew. We do not take the heritage we share as a congregation lightly. This legacy not only encourages us to be good stewards of what we have received, but to see what we do today as the foundation on which future generations will build. First Baptist is a growing faith community that stretches back through the decades and reaches out into a future filled with great hope and expectation.
Since 1887, The First Baptist Church of Redlands has been a beacon of hope and renewal for people across the East Valley and beyond. Known through the years for our strong local ministries, First Baptist seeks to be a responsible partner with people all across the globe. In recent years, this commitment to the local community and the world has been demonstrated by the creation of the Mustard Seed Tutorial Center in Redlands and by a partnership with a church and school in La Concepcion, Nicaragua, sponsoring dental and work teams to serve in this impoverished community.
The First Baptist Church of Redlands was instrumental in the creation of the Christian Counseling Service of Redlands, the building of Casa de la Vista retirement community, and the founding of the University of Redlands. Newton Fields, the first President of the University, was, in fact, the pastor of First Baptist. Today, the church is committed to an embracing, holistic, global ministry. Our goal is to invite and challenge people to grow in faith, hope, and love—discovering God's best in Christ. As stated in the church's mission statement, First Baptist is committed to sharpening the mind, widening the heart, and deepening the spirit as it invites people to connect, grow and serve together.
The First Baptist Church of Redlands blends the traditional and the contemporary. The deep roots of its tradition allow First Baptist to experiment with the new yet have a profound respect for the old with an openness of meeting today’s needs.