The First Baptist Church in America is the First Baptist Church of Providence, Rhode Island, also known as First Baptist Meetinghouse.The oldest Baptist church congregation in the United States, it was founded by Roger Williams in Providence, Rhode Island in 1638. The present church building was erected in 1774-1775 and held its first meetings in May 1775.
In addition to weekly worship services, the Meeting House has hosted concerts, talks, and lectures by World-renowned artists, performers, academics, and elected officials. Brown University continues to hold Commencement services at The Meeting House to this day.
Dan Ivins began his ministry in February 2006 as interim and was then called as settled minister on December 24, 2006. In 2001,history professor J.Stanley Lemons wrote a history of the church, entitled FIRST: The History of the First Baptist Church in America.
The First Baptist Church in America is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island (ABCORI) and the American Baptist Churches/USA (ABCUSA).
The church actively supports the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the Baptist World Alliance, and the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty. Many members have served in various denominational, academic, and divinity school positions, including the presidency of Brown University.