First Baptist Church in Newton (Massachusetts)

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First Baptist Church in Newton
First Baptist Church in Newton
First Baptist Church in Newton (Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
First Baptist Church in Newton (Massachusetts)
Location 848 Beacon St., Newton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′48.2″N 71°11′47.3″W / 42.330056°N 71.196472°W / 42.330056; -71.196472Coordinates: 42°19′48.2″N 71°11′47.3″W / 42.330056°N 71.196472°W / 42.330056; -71.196472
Built 1888
Architect John Lyman Faxon
Architectural style Other, Romanesque
Governing body Private (First Baptist Church in Newton)
NRHP Reference # 82002746[1]
Added to NRHP April 15, 1982

The First Baptist Church in Newton built in 1888 is an historic church building located at 848 Beacon Street in the village of Newton Centre, in Newton, Massachusetts. On April 15, 1982, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

History[edit]

First Baptist Church in Newton was founded on July 5, 1780, on a site just west of the present building.[2] The present building was constructed in 1888 in the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style pioneered by Henry Hobson Richardson. The church's architect was John Lyman Faxon.[3]

Famous minister[edit]

Samuel Francis Smith, famous as the author of My Country, 'Tis of Thee (also known as America), was minister of the church from 1842 to 1854. The bell tower on the present building was given in his memory and was rededicated as the America bell tower in 1932.[2]

Affiliation and current status[edit]

First Baptist Church in Newton is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and a member of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM). However, as an American Baptist Church, all decisions on church matters rest with its own members.[4]

The congregation has voted to approve a welcoming statement. Their web site states: "Our congregation, believing God's love and grace are offered to all to be shared and celebrated by all, embraces persons of every age, race, sexual orientation, denomination, cultural background, and economic means as vital and integral members of God's family." [4]

The church often hosts the annual commencement ceremonies for nearby Andover Newton Theological School.[5] Many faculty, staff, students, and administration are active members of the church.

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