The Christian history in America began in 1607 with the landing of the colonists on American shores.


In 1860, the journey of First Baptist Church began when a group of settlers worshiped near the location where Lambert’s Branch flows into the Brazos River.

May 28, 1860

On May 28, 1860, a missionary of the Brazos River Baptist Association, Joseph Robinson, wrote this report for the Texas Baptist, church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Missionary Baptist Faith and Order, consisting of six members was organized as the Bethlehem Church with the addition of three members by letter the next day.


In 1866, J. N. Chandler moved from Georgia and settled on a farm half way between the Brazos River and the present location of Granbury.  One Sunday as he walked up Lambert Branch, he noticed a small house with people inside. He entered and took a seat in the back. A Baptist Church meeting was in process. Those present were Jesse F. Nutt, Jake Nutt, their mother, Jesse’s wife and two others. The discussion concerned dissolving the Church.  After the motion by Jake Nutt had been made and seconded, the six foot four inch man stood and explained he was a stranger in the community and wanted to know why they wanted to dissolve the Church.

Mother Nutt asked Chandler, “Are you a preacher?”  He replied, “Yes, sort of a cornfield preacher.” Then, Mother Nutt asked, “Can you preach for us?” Chandler replied, â”I will do my best.”Mother Nutt told her son to take back his motion. J. N. Chandler preached from 1866 to 1882, a period of sixteen years.

November 14, 1878

November 14, 1878, the Baptist Church organized the first Sunday School.

October 24 ,1879

On October 24, 1879, certain members who had not attended church for six months were to be visited. Charges could be brought against a member for nonchurch attendance, nonpayment of subscriptions, or unchristian conduct such as profanity, heresy or criticizing the church.

July 25, 1880

On July 25, 1880, the church called for a letter of dismissal from the Brazos River Association.

July 25, 1880

On July 25, 1880, the Church affiliated with the Paluxy Association which was being organized. 

August 27, 1881

On August 27, 1881, messengers were elected to attend the Paluxy Association Meeting.

April 22, 1882

A committee reported on April 22, 1882, they couldn’t find a Covenant of Faith in the minutes. Thereafter, a Covenant of Faith was written in the minutes.

May 27, 1882

May 27, 1882, the church membership included 46 members, with eleven nonresident members.  In July, plans began for building a new church house. 

1882 - 1885

In 1882 – 1885, R. H. Whitehead was pastor.


Sometime after 1883, the church was built on “a tract of land beginning at the NE corner of Block 10, in the said town of Granbury; thence East with south line of East Pearl Street, 111 feet to J. D. Rylee’ NW corner; thence south 166 2/3 feet to J. D. Ryleeâ’s N line; thence W 111 feet to a corner on west line of Block No. 10; thence N 166 2/3 feet to place of beginning. J. F. Nutt, J. Nutt and D. Nutt sold the property to I. M. Steele, C. W. Miller and Thomas Lockett, deacons of the Missionary Baptist Church of Granbury, Texas dated August 24, 1898, and filed April 18, 1901.

April 1884

April 1884, on the fourth Sunday, a new church building was dedicated. It was located on the hill on E. Pearl, which would be on the second bluff on the bank of the Brazos.  R. H. Whitehead preached the sermon. It was built with planks which were probably hauled by ox cart from either Shreveport or Houston.

When the property was purchased, the records show for the first time, the church was referred to as the Missionary Baptist Church of Granbury.  Later, it was referred to as the Missionary Baptist Church of Christ at Granbury, or the Granbury Baptist Church.

1885 - 1886

In 1885 – 1886, H. F. Helsely was Pastor.

1886 - 1887

 In 1886 – 1887, R. H. Whitehead was pastor, second time.

1887 - 1892

In 1887 – 1892, S. L. Tarrant was pastor.

June 24, 1890

On June 24, 1890, no services were held because of the death of Mrs. Modina Nutt, wife of J. N. Nutt.


In 1890, the Granbury Auxiliary of the Foreign Missionary Society organized and later combined with the Home Missionary Society.  The Woman’s Missionary Society helped raise funds for the church sanctuary, parsonage and served the community through a hospital pledge.

April 1890

April 1890, on the fourth Sunday, the congregation set apart May and October for observance of the Lord’s Supper.

September 26, 1891

On September 26, 1891, they voted to have preaching services two times each month.


In 1892, one Sunday school record showed there were four classes: Class A, Class B, Class C, and Class D. with a total enrollment of 72.  The superintendent recorded the order of service, visitors, collection, weather, and lesson subject in writing with a pencil and dividing the page in a bound book into fourths. There were no budgets. When money was needed, collections and subscriptions were taken.

1894 - 1895

In 1894 – 1895, S.L. Tarrant was pastor, second time.