First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church (HM1EYW)

Location: Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Kalamazoo County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 17.487', W 85° 35.172'

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Constructed in 1853, this is the oldest church building in Kalamazoo. Titus Bronson, the city's founder, donated this site on Church Square. The Baptist faith reached the Kalamazoo River Valley in 1826 when missionary Leonard Slater preached to the Indians. In 1836 fourteen settlers led by Jeremiah Hall, a Baptist minister from Vermont, met in the home of Ezekiel Ransom to organize the First Baptist Church.

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The history of the First Baptist Church and Kalamazoo College are closely interwoven. The same year that the church was organized, the Reverend Jeremiah Hall persuaded the Michigan and Huron Institute, now Kalamazoo College, to settle in this city. The second pastor, Dr. James H.B. Stone, was an early president of the college and many of his successors in that office have been active in this congregation. Over the years the First Baptist Church has served as the parent church of several parishes in outlying areas.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberL338
Year Placed1977
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 11:51am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 616552 N 4683104
Decimal Degrees42.29145000, -85.58620000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 17.487', W 85° 35.172'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 17' 29.22" N, 85° 35' 10.32" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 S Church St, Kalamazoo MI 49007, US
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