Our Story

First Baptist Church of Sparta, TN is nestled in the picturesque, rolling hills of the Cumberland Plateau. On July 21, 1929, a small group of courageous men and women met in a tent near the public square in Sparta for the purpose of organizing a Baptist Church. For more than 80 years, the faith family of First Baptist Church has been worshiping the Lord together and making Christ known in White County and around the world. From its beginning, with 21 charter members meeting in a vacant room above M&H Hardware store (1929), to the Church Street building, to the current location at North Spring Street in Sparta (1963), this congregation has remained committed to God’s Word for generations. God has blessed this church with many wonderful, devoted pastors, staff members, deacons, lay leaders, and servants.

Over the past few years, the church has been growing in size, but more importantly, growing in Christ. Through a commitment to Biblical preaching & teaching from the pulpit, discipleship groups, ministries, and mission teams, God has been transforming lives.

We hope that you will find FBC Sparta to be friendly and inviting. We are by no means a perfect church, but we serve a perfect Savior. We seek to point people to Him. It is our mission to make much of Jesus every time we gather as a faith family. Part of that is welcoming our guests with open arms and smiling faces. We would be honored to have you join us! We are a group of redeemed sinners that is seeking (imperfectly) to live for Christ. One of the beautiful aspects of the gospel, is that it unites people of various experiences, life stations, and backgrounds under Christ’s Lordship. Each of us has a unique talent, gift and story that God gives us in order to build up the church and to share the gospel with the world. At FBC, there are numerous opportunities for serving others, pursuing spiritual growth and enjoying deep fellowship. Join us for heartfelt, authentic worship and relevant preaching and teaching that points us toward a joyful, Christ-centered life.

The Gospel: The Story Everyone Needs to Hear

We are thrilled to share with you the story of our church. We are even more thrilled to share with you the story of our Lord Jesus Christ. This gospel is good news for the whole world. It is like many good stories you've heard or read, but the more you read, the more you'll realize this is not just another story--it is THE story. It defines us all. It makes us think about who we are and who we can become. And so we invite you to simply click "the Story" graphic to watch a short film and learn more.