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New Building

For over 220 years, First Baptist Church has gathered in the heart of Wakefield, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed.  In our building, the Tall Spire pre-school served hundreds of local families.  It was the birthplace of the Wakefield Food Pantry.  The Shepherd’s Table ministry served meals to up to 100 area individuals and families each month.  God was worshipped.  Believers were Baptized; Couples exchanged wedding vows.  Families mourned and said their goodbyes in Memorial services.


Tragically, on October 23, 2018, the historic landmark church building was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire.  Both congregation and community were devastated.  Though few in number but great in faith, the people of FBC determined to rebuild both building and congregation.  We believe in the God of Resurrection and we’re seeing Him bring new vitality to our people. We believe He is building a new center for ministry at 8 Lafayette St.


The Gospel hasn’t changed, but the way we practice and present it has.  This is a new building for a new day!  


We have a GoFundMe page for those who want to contribute to the project.  If you would like to contribute by check, contributions can be sent to:

FBC Wakefield; P.O. Box 1726; Wakefield, MA 01880.  Please put "New building" in the memo.  Thank you for partnering with us!

Please share your questions and thoughts with us!

Community Engagement Team
Beth Dry-
Heidi Wolfley
Carol Zoubec
Doug Dry


We're rebuilding on our original site, centrally located in the heart of Wakefield.  March 2023 our historic bell used in the church tower from 1872 to 2018, was successfully moved into a shelter to prepare for the March 19th Groundbreaking.

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A blend of traditional and contemporary

Our building will be light and airy.   There will be space for Worship, Food & Fellowship, Child Care and Offices. 

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Since we are building with flexibility in mind, we look forward to accommodating groups of many different shapes and sizes.  This is a building to be used!

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