History

 
1868  Church originally organized in April as the Bloomingto Baptist Church, met in rented school houses
1868  Covenant written & adopted in August
1883  Church had 29 members (August)
1886  Church rented a school house which stood on the site of what would later be Steele Canning Co.
1889  Church had 115 members
1889  Name changed to Lowell Baptist Church
1910  First property bought with small building at present location
1940  GA's organized
1944  First Vacation Bible School
1946  First full-time pastor hired
1948  WMU organized (Women's Mission group)
1951  Brotherhood organized (Men's Mission group)
1951  Parsonage built (Dedicated October 19,1952
1959  Purchased land & added educational space and fellowship room
1968  Church had 208 members
1971  Church began a radio ministry (March)
1979  Building redecorated after extensive fire damage
1981  Parsonage converted to youth building
1984  Built new auditorium (Seated 250), old auditorium used as Fellowship Hall & class rooms
1990  Hired first paid church secretary (March 15)
1990  Parsonage moved out and office / class room building added in its place
1991  Governor Bill Clinton (elected president Nov. 92) spoke at Lowell FBC and sang in choir
1992  Started mission church at Piney Point
1992  Sponsored Grace Baptist Church in Rogers as a new mission (later on New Hope Rd in Rogers)
1993  Hispanic services began at Lowell FBC (February)
1994  Voted to change official name to First Baptist Church of Lowell (January 16)
1995  Addition to nursery completed (used on March 12)
1995  New auditorium built (seated 500), dedicated October 15, previous auditorium turned into classrooms
1996  Hired full time Music / Youth / Education Minister (September)
1997  Hands of Praise Team began (uses Sign language with white gloves and black lights)
1998  Hispanic congregation disbanded (September)
2000  Youth Choir performed on steps of Capitol Building, Washington D.C.
2001  Awana Clubs, Intl. began meeting at FBC Lowell
2001  First Trunk-or-Treat on Halloween Night (October 31)
2002  Built new Fellowship Hall and new two-story children's building
2003  Remodeled church offices (took the place of old nursery)
2005  Tore down old white building and built new Youth Building in its place
2006  Built gymnasium on SW corner of Jefferson and Madison
2007  Upwards Basketball program began
2009  Hired first paid Children's Director (August 10)
2015  Sanctuary Remodel (June)
2015  Connection Group began on Sunday evenings (September 13)
2015  Started two morning services (October 4)
2016  Pastor Aaron Matthews first Sunday (December 11)