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First Baptist Church, Bristol

First Baptist, Bristol is literally on the state line between Tennessee and Virginia, with our sanctuary being in Virginia by about thirty feet! Founded in 1859, our congregation has grown with the city, and we serve, not just Bristol, but the entire northeast area of the Tri-Cities region. The Tri-Cities metropolitan area includes Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City, Tennessee, with a regional population of nearly half a million people.

As a downtown congregation, were excited to be a part of the revitalization of State Street, not only in terms of physical renovations, but more importantly, in terms of spiritual renewal. We're growing into a new chapter of our congregation's life. We offer modern worship in addition to our traditional worship service on Sunday mornings, and we continue to offer Bible study groups on Sunday mornings as well as at other times of the week.

Are you searching for a life that matters, and for relationships that last? We invite you to discover what your heart is searching for . . . with us!

Our Mission

To Worship God.
To Equip Believers to Witness and Serve.
To Share the Good News of Jesus with our Community & Beyond.

Our Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to serve.
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The First Word

The First Word is our newsletter. It is published each week.
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Along the banks of the clear waters of Beaver Creek, the Native Americans came following game trails and founded a village whose soil proved favorable in the cultivation of corn and tobacco.
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This church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and sustains obligation of mutual counsel and cooperation which is common among Baptist churches.

As far as is practical, this church will cooperate with and support the Lebanon Baptist Association, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Baptist World Alliance.