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Welcome to First Odessa.

Reaching Odessa, the Permian Basin and the World
with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

WHEN

Worship Services at First Odessa are Sunday Mornings at 10:30AM. We have Bible Study Groups for all ages starting at 9:00AM on Sundays. Wednesday nights includes Bible Study with the pastor at 6:00PM with activities for the whole family going on simultaneously.

WHERE

We are located in Downtown Odessa at 709 N. Lee. Call the church office at 432-337-1524 for more information.

WHAT TO EXPECT

First Baptist Church is a church made up of people just like you! You will not find a perfect church with perfect people but a body of hurting, broken, and searching people who have been set free by the blood of Jesus Christ and have been given the greatest mission of sharing in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

WHO WE ARE.

First Baptist Church started in 1896. During these 100 plus years, we have had twenty-six pastors help us minister to and care for the people in the city of Odessa. God has blessed us in every way, with pastors, staff and lay people serving the Lord and touching the lives of people.  We invite you to become a part of this great history of First Baptist Church.

CONTACT US

709 N. Lee
Odessa, Texas 79761
432-337-1524

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About Us

Significant Events at FIRST ODESSA

It was March 15, 1896, when twelve charter members and a pioneer preacher (3 men and 10 women) organized the Odessa Baptist Church. Several denominations used the same facility to worship in, and many times combined together for worship. On February 12, 1897, the first building was planned to be built for the Baptist Church. This building was started on May 13, 1898, and was 28 X 40 feet, costing $700 to build. In March 1898, the church changed its name from Odessa Baptist Church to the First Baptist Church of Odessa, Texas.

The frontier days were hard and lonely. But the people who came were determined to stay. By 1906, the church membership had grown to 46, and the first recorded Sunday school was started. Needing more space, construction was started January 16, 1938, on the corner of Eighth and Lee streets, the present location of the church, with the first service being held on Easter Sunday, 1938, in the basement of that building.

By 1940 the church had grown to 386 attending Sunday school. As the town grew, so did the congregation and the need for additional worship space caused the church to begin building our present worship center in 1953. We moved into the new facility on Sunday, April 3, 1955.

The church became involved in broadcasting its morning worship service on Channel 7 TV, on Sunday, September 6, 1957, and has been continually broadcasting every Sunday. That same year, the church voted and began the Day Care program as a ministry in the community. It is still one of the very best in the community today.

Groundbreaking for the Family Life Center, which houses the gym, walking and jogging track, and other activity rooms was held on August 5, 1979, and was dedicated on February 8, 1981. 

In July, 2004, First Baptist Church called Dr. Byron McWilliams as Senior Pastor. On Sunday, January 5, 2014, FIRST ODESSA held its Dedication Service for the new 1500 seat Worship Center and Commons Area. It has been and is an exciting adventure each week. We invite you to become a part of this great history of First Baptist Church.

 

 

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