First Baptist Church History
First Baptist Church, Brantford was founded in the village of Brantford (pop. 500). It was established on December 23 by 26 members under the pastoral leadership of Elder William Rees.
The current building was erected under the leadership of the Reverend Doctor Thomas L. Davidson. It replaced two previous structures, the second of which was irreparably destroyed by fire in 1857. The new building was, in part, funded by the Edmondson family who raised the money by mortgaging their farm. The size of the building reflected the rapid increase in membership. The building was designed by John Turner.
Park Baptist Church was formed when twenty-
Calvary Baptist Church was a result of vision and foresight on the part of the leadership
of First Baptist. Twenty-
Riverdale Baptist Church. The Holmedale area was seen as a mission field by the members
of First Baptist, and a work was begun and funded by First Baptist Church to accommodate
the population that was growing because of increasing industrialization. Land was
purchased at what is now the south-
In many respects these were the peak years of First Baptist Church. The Church was
blessed with the preaching abilities of the Reverend Dr. W. H. Langton (1919-
7. Music Ministry
First Baptist has always had a keen interest in leading worship with first class music led by outstanding organists and choir directors. This tradition continues today with organist Nancy Bullivant leading many faithful choir members.
As with most churches in the city’s inner core, the so-
9. Parish Nurse Ministry
This work was introduced and first headed by Donna Summerhayes, CM, RN (Ret.). This
Ministry emphasizes the wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Donna was succeeded by
Carol Bonney, RN (Ret.), who was recently succeeded by Mary White, RN. Another spin-
Julia Howard became the first woman pastor to be ordained at First Baptist in June. The Reverend Deborah Dempsey, BA, MDiv, became the first woman pastor of the church in October. In November, the church celebrated its 175th anniversary. (Top of page)
A Short and Whimsical History of First Baptist Church,
Brantford, Ontario 1833-
...to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the church
is available by phoning the Church office.
(link to booklet)
Making God's love visible in our community and beyond.
First Baptist Church
70 West Street
Brantford, ON N3T 3E7