First Baptist Church

Site: Chatham - King St E

Service: First Baptist Church - Chatham

Contact Information
Office Phone 519-352-9553
Fax 519-352-5282
Primary Contact Albert Lambkin, Spiritual Director
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Baptist Church, Choir, Children's Ministry, Baptist Women's Fellowship, Nancy Rebecca Missionary Society, Historical Society. The Church was built by slaves and was part of the underground railroad. Sunday Services; Bible Study; Prayer Meetings
Hours Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.
Meetings Sunday Services 10:45 am; Bible Study and Prayer Meetings Wednesdays at 7pm.
Areas Served Chatham-Kent
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Walk-in; Call for information
Languages English
Fees Donation
Agency Information
Description (Agency) A Baptist church. This church is of historical significance: On May 10, 1858, American abolitionist John Brown held the last in a series of clandestine meetings here at First Baptist Church Chatham. Brown planned to establish an independent republic within the United States and wage guerilla warfare to liberate the South from slavery. He came to Upper Canada to recruit Blacks who had fled here in the wake of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. On October 16, 1859, John Brown and 21 supporters seized the government arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia, and held it against counterattack for two days. 
Brown, executed as a traitor, became a martyr and a hero. His action escalated the tensions between the North and South that led to the Civil War in 1861.Continuing to honour the legacy of the founding congregation of 1841, you are welcome to join a Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.
Established 1841
Funding Donations
Site Information
Located In Community Chatham
Address & Map
First Baptist Church
135 King St E
Chatham, ON N7M 3N1
Intersection King St and William St
Mailing Address c/o First Baptist Church 
135 King St E 
Chatham, ON N7M 3N1
Physical Access Designated parking; Accessible washrooms; Barrier-free entrance

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