About First Baptist


In a Conference of the White First Baptist on September 13, 1873, upon request, all Black members were granted letters of dismissal to organize their own church. Where the meeting was held is not recorded. Hence, the First Baptist Church was organized.

The First Baptist Church building was located on Bankhead, just beyond the intersection on Newnan Street and Bankhead, then known as Chestnut Hill. In 1904, two lots were purchased on Pearl Street, Now known as Church Street) where the present building is erected. IN 1910 another lot was bought, on which the present Education building is erected.

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Since this organization has been established many hardships have been experienced, many tears have been shed and many prayers have ascended for its success. Let us not forget the joy and happiness which have come to so many through this organization. Our forefathers worked hard and prayed diligently for its success. May we strive to make dreams and hopes become realities, and tears, tears of joy.


Pastor Bradley Bell, a native of Roanoke, Alabama grew up in the city of Atlanta where he graduated from Luther Judson Price High School. He has attended Tuskegee Institute, DeKalb Community College, and Craver Bible College. He received a Bachelor of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary where his is currently studying for his master’s degree.

Pastor Bell is married to former Lorie Edmonson. They have four children, Bradley, Adrienne Bell Cooper(Rodrick Cooper), Minister Roderick Bell(Celise Bell, Charlie and five grandchildren.

Pastor Bell has been preaching and pasturing for over thirty years. He has pastured several churches in the Atlanta and Rome area. He has been the pastor of First Baptist Church, for 20 years, pastor Bell, through his vision of 1995, led the First Baptist congregation in the construction of a 1.5 Million dollar structure, which was completed December 2002.

Pastor Bell, an anointed man of God, is on the move with God, to bring about lasting change in these last days.