First Baptist Church Waynesville
Monday, December 11, 2017

Our History

We at FBCW have a 60-year history full of wonderful people setting the stage for where we are at today.
Please find out more about our facilities or staff! You may also check our event calendar to see what's going on this month, or contact us if you have other questions.
The idea for a Southern Baptist Church to be located in Waynesville was fostered in the hearts of Brother Bill MacFarland and his wife. It was through their prayers and efforts along with several others that a Mission was established in their home in December 1955 sponsored by Hillcrest Baptist Church of Carlisle. The first Sunday service was held in January 1956 and their Mission was organized into a church on July 29, 1956 with 22 members.
The Church then moved its services to Main Street and, during this time, land was purchased on Route 42 North. However, the new Route 42 property took road frontage and it was decided at that time that property be purchased on Church Street for the new church building.
First Baptist Church of Waynesville has a history of being on the move. The Church started in 1955, in 1956 land was purchased for the new church building, and in 1960, the new building was completed. In 1991, the church moved from Church Street to our current location on Lytle Road.
Rev. Eddie Bates was called to be the first Pastor prior to the congregation being constituted as a church on July 29, 1956, and he served until July 29, 1958. Following him as pastor were:
Rev. S.T. McGinnis - September 14, 1958 thru November 3, 1960
Rev. John Osborne - December 10, 1960 thru October 13, 1976
Rev. Roger Dale McCloud - June 19, 1977 thru August 23, 1993
Rev. Dan Finkhousen - February 21, 1994 thru August 23, 1998
Rev. Church Deglow (interim) - September 12, 1998 thru August 1999
Rev. Bill Perry - September 19, 1999 thru June 2, 2013
Rev. Duane Floro (interim) September 2013 thru December 2014
Rev. Larry Sizemore - January 4, 2015 to current
Other staff members currently serving are:
Angie Farley (Preschool Administrator)
Melissa Chrisman (Church Secretary)
Evelyn Miltenberger (Finance Secretary)
Robin Colvin (Custodian)
The year 2002 marked another move for our church as Phase I began and God blessed us with a Family Life Center. The Family Life Center consists of a gymnasium, complete kitchen, game room, two locker rooms, and a second floor youth wing. In 2004 we completed Phase II which consists of 14 education rooms to be used for Sunday School, Children's classes, Bible Studies, etc.
Our church will always be on the move to further the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As the Lord blesses our church, we will continue to expand the ministries to reach Waynesville and the surrounding areas.
First Baptist Church Waynesville
1009 Lytle Road
Waynesville, Ohio 45068
513-897-1099 fax
pastorlarry@fbcwaynesville. net