The Late Gothic Revival building was designed by Samuel Hannaford and Sons and constructed in 1928–1929 by Morrow and Morrow. It is constructed of Indiana limestone and has a cruciform plan. It features and engaged five-story tower.
No doubt, the building is impressive. If you have a chance to visit First Baptist, you will be overwhelmed as you walk into the sanctuary. The attention to detail and the ornate fixtures are extraordinary.
Building on Mission
The building at First Baptist could be a deterrence for a small to medium sized congregation. It might be easy to be consumed by upkeep and maintenance on such an immense structure. Yet we understand our building as a gift. We envision our building as "on mission."
What does this mean?
We look for ways to utilize our building to bring glory to God and to serve the community.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation.
We understand our building as belonging to God and to the community of Muncie. Theologically, we believe that God is on mission in our community. He is moving, acting and working to restore all that is broken in our world. This being said, we believe that our building can be used for God's purposes in our community.
Here are few ways that our building is used on mission.
Several local agencies use our building on a weekly basis. We believe that these groups are carrying out God's mission in our community by caring for those who are struggling (Matthew 25:35). We open our building for the purpose of empowering these groups to carry out God's mission.
Other churches in Muncie utilize our building on occasion. We have been gifted with a beautiful and sizable place to worship and fellowship. We seek to offer our resources to others. As these churches use our building for baptisms, small group meetings and worship, we believe that God is honored.
A final way we seek to gift our building is by hosting weddings. First Baptist is beautiful place for a wedding. We average between 15 and 20 weddings a year. You can read more about weddings at First Baptist Church if you are interested in having your wedding at First Baptist.