Semmes First Baptist Church was founded in 1872 — the first recorded church in the city — and a new historical marker shares the story.
The church began in a small log cabin in west Mobile County. That first structure served as a school and church.
The church’s original name was Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, and Elias Roberts was the first pastor, according to the church’s new historical marker.
The church changed its name in 1904, and its location moved from place-to-place in the community until a new building was constructed in 1934. In 1959, that building became education space when a new, larger sanctuary was completed. That building, dedicated on Aug. 30, 1959, is still in use.
Church member and Semmes Historic Community member Carolyn Owens said the church has stood the test of time, withstanding storms and other obstacles.
“We’re happy to be a part of the Semmes community, and we hope to be a shining light to this community,” Owens said.