History

The Auburn First Baptist Church: 1838-2013

Beginning the week of 12 January 2014, paperback copies of The Auburn First Baptist Church: 1838-2013 will be made available to the church. One free copy will be available to each church family. Additional copies will be available for $10 each. On Thursday (16 January) copies will be available outside the Coleman Fellowship Hall at…

“Brother John,” Dearest Jeanette

Church histories often focus on measurements of success more appropriate for a corporation than a church: large building projects; budget increases; growth in church membership. But if current Auburn First Baptist members conducted a referendum, they probably would select the team of Jeffers and Jeffers the most successful co-pastors ever. That outcome defies conventional wisdom.…

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Auburn First Baptist and the American Civil War

A lot of new families are pouring into Auburn, coming with great glimmer in their eye of the world that was aborning in the Blackbelt. And, some of those families were going to become really significance in the early history of the church. Listen to Part 5 of our Thursday evening series on A History…

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Oral History Project: Frances Stevenson

On Saturday, 17 August 2013, Dr. Wayne Flynt sat down with Ms. Frances Stevenson, member of Auburn First Baptist Church since 1961, to record her history as it relates to AFBC. The Oral History Project is an endeavor of the 175th Anniversary Committee in celebration of our Church’s rich history, and one which we hope…

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Auburn First Baptist and the Alabama Frontier

Back in the early part of the nineteenth century, when Alabama was just an infant state, people poured in this place—part of the great stream of immigrants pouring into America from all over the world, and part of the stream of poor people just coming farther and farther south and west until finally they wound-up…

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Oral History Project: Bob Stevenson

Earlier this afternoon, Dr. Wayne Flynt sat down with Mr. Bob Stevenson, member of Auburn First Baptist Church since 1961, to record Bob’s history as it relates to AFBC. The Oral History Project is an endeavor of the 175th Anniversary Committee in celebration of our Church’s rich history, and one which we hope will become…

All in the Family: The Golden Age, 1945-1960

When asked to name Auburn First Baptist Church’s golden age, long time members often mention the years from the end of World War II to the 1960s. America’s most formidable global economic competitors lay in ruins. People discovered new and profound meaning in their families. They sought religious renewal. Baptist evangelist Billy Graham launched a…