Baptist News

I noticed that the pastor of First Baptist Dallas appears to be headed to the First Baptist of Jacksonville, Florida. I found these two tidbits interesting: (1) Under former Pastor W. A. Criswell, First Baptist became the largest congregation in the Southern Baptist Convention and at one time had 26,000 members. The church and its private school occupy six city blocks. The membership is now about 10,000, according to Associated Baptist. (2) Associated Baptist Press said the Jacksonville church has 28,000 members and covers nine blocks of the downtown area.