Instructing, Inspiring and Illuminating the Community of Christ ~ Matthew 5:14-16

Rev. Anthony Johnson:  1896-1898
Rev. J. B. Allen:  1898-1910
Rev. W. H. Harris:  1910-1918
Rev. J. H. Smith:  1918-1929
Rev. W. T. Young:  1929-1932
Rev. Y. B. Williams, Sr.:  1932-1936
Rev. Dr. I. H. Ruffin:  1936-1948
Rev. Woodrow M. Brown, Sr.:  1948-1985
Rev. Woodrow M. Brown, Jr.:  1985-2000
Rev. Dr. William J. Marshall:  2003-2011
Rev. Dr. Gregory M. Howard:  2014-2020

At First Baptist Church East End, many lives have been touched and transformed since its conception in 1896! It was in that year while under the guidance and blessing of God, a small group of worshipers of Jesus of Nazareth gathered together under the leadership of Rev. Anthony Johnson of New Kent County to establish this church. They initially worshiped under a tree before moving to a house at Oak Avenue and 29th Street.  On July 4, 1898 a wooden edifice was erected, and a brick building was completed in 1921.

 In 1961, a Sunday night fire destroyed the building but could not scorch the unwavering faith of God's people.  Another edifice was purchased at 649 30th Street in 1963. The current building was constructed on May 6, 2007 with future plans to further expand the campus in order to provide more ministry and learning space.

We thank God for each disciple who has labored in this vineyard and placed his or her brick upon the rich history and living legacy of First Baptist Church East End. We are equally excited about what our future holds as we are reminded that "eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has it entered the hearts, the things that God has prepared for them that love God...I Corinthians 2:9

Service Times

East End University (Sunday School) - 8:30 am

Sunday Morning Worship - 10:00 am

Tuesday Evening Bible Study - 6:30 pm

Wednesday Noonday Bible Study - 12:00 pm

1896 - 1963
1963 - 2007
The Evolution of First Baptist Church East End

Our Mission

To bring souls to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.
To believe in one God, one Faith, one Baptism, and Jesus Christ as the Son of the living God who suffered, died and rose from the grave for our redemption as revealed in the Holy Bible.
To provide an opportunity for Christian Worship and Bible Study.
To offer Christian Education and Ministries for spiritual growth.
To minister to the needs of humanity in the name of Jesus Christ.


2007 - Present

Church Address

First Baptist Church East End

3000 Jefferson Ave.

Newport News, Virginia 23607

(757) 380-5327


"The Lighthouse of Our Lord"