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.
The first group of believers worshiped near where Lambert’s Branch flows into the river. On May 28, 1860, a church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Missionary Baptist faith and order was organized as the Bethlehem Church with six members and an 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.