Frequently Asked Questions

When did First Baptist begin?

The faith community that’s now known as First Baptist Church began as Mount Tabor Baptist Church in 1821.  We became First Baptist Church after our community became Anderson, South Carolina.  For more information about our church history, see our history page and bicentennial page.

What’s on the menu for Wednesday lunch and dinner?

Our menus are published weekly in our church bulletins and bi-weekly in our Beacon newsletter.  See our publications page for this week’s menus.

Where are you located? Can you give me directions to First Baptist?

First Baptist is located at 307 South Manning Street in Downtown Anderson, South Carolina.  The sanctuary’s main entrance is located at the intersection of Church and Manning Streets.  An accessible entrance is located on the Fant Street side of the church.  Parking is available in lots located on either side of Church Street, between Whitner and Benson Streets, or on the Fant Street side of the church. [Facilities map picture]

What should I wear?

We welcome you to attend as you are.  Typical church attendees’ dress varies from traditional “Sunday Best” to Business Casual to whatever you’re comfortable wearing.  For more information about visiting First Baptist, see our What to Expect page or contact one of our ministers.

Can I request financial assistance for my rent or utilities?

We are unable to provide any sort of direct financial assistance, though we do financially support local partner agencies that offer this kind of assistance.  More details about these local agencies—including contact information, areas of service, and ways to help—are listed at

How do I make a donation to First Baptist?

Thanks for asking! Visit our giving page to make a one-time donation or to establish a recurring offering.  Giving can extend beyond monetary gifts.  Donations of items are accepted throughout the year.  Contact the church office to ask what we’re working on right now and how you can help support it.

How can I find out more about First Baptist’s Child Development Center?

We’re proud of the wonderful work out Child Development Center staff does each day.  If you have any questions about our CDC or if you’d like to schedule a tour to see the center for yourself, contact our CDC or call 864-224-2635.

How can I find out more about First Baptist’s Wilmary Housing Ministry?

The Wilmary Housing Ministry, a non-profit outreach ministry of First Baptist Church, provides safe, secure, and affordable housing for seniors in our church and community.  For more information, including how to apply for residency, contact the Wilmary Housing Ministry or call 864-224-8088.