FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH
The first VBS was held July 1969 in the Pomeroy Elementary School with an enrollment of 56 and averaged 42. October 5,1969, Sunday School, morning and evening services were started. George Bryant served as misison pastor. After George Bryant resigned, Clifford Coleman was called as Pastoral Missionary for Vinton and Meigs Counties and began serving the Chapel. Property was purchased at 282 Mulberry Avenue in the spring of 1971. The first services were held on May 23, 1971. In the spring of 1972, a garage which was connnected to the house was remodeled for a sanctuary. On April 21, 1971, the Chapel constituted with 53 members.
Bradley Spencer was called as the first pastor on July 1, 1974. After his resignation in November of 1975, Paul White as called as pastor on April 10, 1976. He led the church to purchase the present property with a Site Fund Loan for $11,112.00 through the Home Mission Board in the summer of 1977. Brother White resigned in July of 1978. Paul Silvus was called as interim pastor in November 1978. He resigned in June of 1979. On October 5, 1980, William Newman was called as pastor. He resigned April 4, 1982.
The church built their first unit on the present property with the help of Carpenters for Christ from Rosebuck Park Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama in June 1982. First services were held in the building on July 4, 1982. David Hunt was called as pastor on August 15, 1982. He resigned August 18, 1985.
Bro. Lamar O'Bryant was called as pastor on January 1, 1968. In 1987, the builidng was remodeled with space added to the sanctuary to double the size of the choir. The outside of the building was landscaped with the parking lot doubled. A "Together We Build" program raised $70,000 for building and educational building in 1989. The building allowed for 17 Sunday School classrooms, kitchen and fellowship hall. Enlargement of the sanctuary had also taken place. In 1995, a "Prophet's Room was completed for visiting evangelist, missionaries and others ministering to the church. In 1998 and 1999 parking facilities were paved. The fellowship hall was divided for Sunday Shool space.
The sponosrship of Lakeview Baptist Chapel, Hamden was assumed in 1997. The first unit of this mission was erected by First Southern Baptist Church,, Meigs County. This congregation is currently reaching the Hamden community for the cause of Christ.
In January 1999, Marty O'Bryant was called as a part-time Music Director. Later in 2013, he as called as a Pastoral Assistant.
In 2002, this congregation answered God's call to sponsor another mission located in Kerr, Ohio. Countyside Baptist Chapel was formed and constituted in 2008.
A house adjacent to the church was purchased in 2006. The congregation was able to pay off their mortgage in 2006. Bro. Lamar O'Bryant retired in 2007 after serving First Southern Baptist Church for 21 years. Bro. David Brainard was called as pastor in 2009.
First Southern Baptist Church has been actively involved in reaching their commumity for Christ. Such events are community hog roast; Gospel Music concerts at the levee; montly lunch for mechants; feeding of the high school football team and track team; and an active jail ministry.