Welcome to First Baptist Church! We hope you find this to be a warm, welcoming place where you can meet Jesus and find encouragement as we grow together.

We understand that having an idea of what to expect when exploring a new church can make the experience more comfortable. In light of that, we would like to provide a guide to what we believe,  answer some frequently asked questions, and tell you a little about our church history. To learn more about First Baptist Church of El Paso, click on a link to the right.

The FBC family gathers for worship every Sunday:

• 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service
• 10:10 a.m. Small Group Bible Study for Ages
• 11:15 a.m. Traditional Service
• 6:00 p.m. Evening Bible Study

And every Wednesday:

• 5:00 p.m. Fellowship Supper ($4-$5)
• 5:30 p.m. Prayer Service and Bible Study

First Baptist Church is centrally located in El Paso and just a short drive from anywhere in the city. From Interstate 10 east or west, exit downtown to Mesa Street. Turn north on Mesa and go two blocks to Montana Avenue. Turn right on Montana and drive east six blocks. You will see the gray stone building on your left. The main parking lot and entrance is on the east side of the building.

The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What We Believe

About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.  Genesis 1:1,26 ,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory where He intercedes for the Christians and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when he or she is saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.  2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 6:19, 20; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

About the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error i.e. inerrant. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The church is to adjust its life to scripture, not culture.  2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Mark 7:6-9

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

About Salvation

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness and confessing Him as Lord can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life to a Christ ruled life by faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.  Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; 10:9, 10

About Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.  John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; II Thessalonians 1:8-10; John 5:25-29

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you teach the Bible?

Yes, we believe and teach the Bible in almost fifty different settings each week, for every age group. You will hear God's Word sung and taught in worship every week. Our Bible study hour on Sunday mornings is at 10:10 a.m. features qualified teaching for every age, from birth through senior adults.

What style(s) of worship do you offer?

FBC is a diverse family with a variety of worship practices and therefore has different kinds of expression in worship each week. On Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. we gather for a more casual worship time led by the praise team with contemporary music. At 11:15 a.m., the worship is more traditional in style. Music centers around the great hymns of the faith led by a full choir, piano, organ, and orchestra.  On Sunday evenings at 6pm we have an informal worship time, Bible study, and discussion with Dr. Lowrie. Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. feature a prayer time and Bible study led by Dr. Lowrie.

Is your church easy to find?

First Baptist is centrally-located near downtown El Paso at 805 Montana Avenue and is within easy driving distance of all parts of town, just two blocks north of I-10. We are close to the UTEP campus and just a few minutes from Ft. Bliss.

Do you offer programs and activities for my children?

Yes, at FBC we value families and have wonderful ministries and care for children of all ages. Newborns, toddlers, and infants will receive quality, loving care from trained and qualified teachers who are parents and grandparents themselves. Our preschoolers' and children's ministry offers age-specific classes, training, and activities for kids every week. The 14.6 Student Ministry for junior and senior high students is a vital part of the life of the church, providing worship, Bible study, and special activities throughout the year.

Will military personnel and families be welcome at the church?

Yes! First Baptist has been the church home for the military through these many years. We realize soldiers and their families may be in a totally new environment here in El Paso, so we want to be your "home away from home", regardless of rank or military branch. We have a place for singles and families and pledge to love and support you while you are here, during deployment, and after you return.

Is childcare available?

Yes, we provide quality, loving child care for virtually all church activities. Whether you have a newborn, bed baby, toddler, or preschooler, you will find a warm welcome and attentive care for your children.  All of our caregivers are thoroughly trained and screened; most are parents and grandparents themselves and enjoy loving and teaching your children. The child care area is protected and all children and parents use a unified pass system for security. FBC child care is always free. Some special occasions may require reservations. To make reservations or to get more information, please call 533-1465.

Have more questions? Contact the church office at (915) 533-1465 or questions@fbcep.com.

Our History

It was the wild west and El Paso was a bustling town on the Mexican border in 1882.  The "pass of the north" was a major thoroughfare for the railroad and a mixture of people and cultures.  Fourteen Baptists gathered in the home of Major W. F. Fewel, a Methodist, on Saturday night, August 26, 1882, to hold their first meeting with the Rev. George Baines, Jr., a missionary pastor.  The text of the message by Rev. Baines was Genesis 28:10 (Jacob at Bethel) and the group sang a favorite hymn "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing".  The group decided to meet again on Sunday, September 3, to organize a Baptist Church in El Paso.

On December 10, 1882, the first Sunday School was held.  Three girls, six boys, and fifteen adults attended.  The offering was ninety cents.

Original FBC building at San Antonio St. and Magoffin Avenue. The first "church house" was constructed in 1885 at the corner of Magoffin and San Antonio streets, where the young FBC family met for more than twnety years.

In 1906, the church moved two blocks east to a new location on Magoffin Avenue, where a "more commodious building" wSecondFBC location on Magoffin Avenueas constructed.  That building still stands today.  In 1922, First Baptist and Central Baptist Churches consolidated their congregations at a new facility at the present 805 Montana location.

In 1952 the present Worship Center was constructed on the site, the 1922 facility was remodeled, and a new Children's Building was built.  In 1975, the Worship Center was renovated and, in 1982, a pipe organ installed for the Centennial celebration.  Further recent Worship Center renovations have included the expansion of the organ into a 180-rank pipe/digital combination instrument, addition of new pews, and installation of media equipment.

Construction was completed in 1997 on the new Price Hall multi-purpose fellowship hall with recreational capabilities, ground-floor senior adult classrooms, and new preschool departments.

Today, First Baptist has grown in membership to over 3500.  The church is known and recognized for the depth and quality of the ministries and programs it provides in its efforts to reach El Paso for Christ and disciple growing Christians.  First Baptist has sponsored numerous mission congregations in the city of which more than twelve have become self-sustaining churches.  The church has prospered under the leadership of twenty-three pastors in its 132-year history.