The church was Founded in Goliad, TX on May 7, 1849 under the Chilton Street Oak Tree. A group of 12 Baptist met under the tree and organized the First Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. John Freeman Hillyer. The Church met in several different locations over 50 years until the original building was constructed in 1899. That building was destroyed by an F4 Tornado that killed 114 people in 1902. The church worshiped at the Christian Church until the completion of their new facility in 1907. Only to have that building destroyed by a Cat 4 Hurricane in 1919. The church has occupied other locations before finally settling in it's present location on the corner of Ward St. and Hwy 183. The current building survived Cat 4 Hurricane Harvey in 2017 with very minimal damage.
Today the congregation continues to be active in community outreach and missionary work. With sponsored youth activities like G.Y.M and affiliation with Goliad High Schools Tigers for Christ we are helping to encourage future adults to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the last few years our church has spearheaded the Goliad Youth Mission or G.Y.M. project in Goliad. This is a service based project that offers home repairs to at least two home owners in our community who may not have the means to make the needed repairs themselves. Our Children's ministry has a strong AWANA Club program which offers elementary aged students a place to go and have fun with Christian based curriculum and games. We offer many different Bible studies for both Men and Women that will strengthen your own walk with the Lord.
What We Believe
We believe in the one and only true God who exists in three equal persons, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is God's living word written by the hands of ordinary men through the inspiration of the extraordinary Spirit of God. It provides absolute truth, wisdom, guidance, and instruction.
When sin entered the world there was a separation that occurred between God and man. In God's great mercy and grace, He chose to send His only son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for that sin. When we choose to believe in Jesus' sacrifice and confess that He is Lord, we will be saved for all eternity and our relationship with God is restored forever.
There are two ordinances that we observe: The Lord's Supper, and Baptism. The Lord's Supper is a time where we reflect upon the body of our Savior which was broken and His blood being shed for us so that we never forget His great sacrifice. We also believe that each believer should be baptized by immersion. This is a symbolic act of obedience showing that we have been buried with Christ and we are now living a new life in Him.
For those who choose to accept Jesus as their Savior, the Bible promises us that we will spend forever with the Lord in a place where there is no more pain or sickness or death. We do not know when our last day will be on this earth, but we believe that when we close our eyes in this life for the last time we will open them in the presence of God.