Georgia-Decatur-Bainbridge: First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge

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  • Name Georgia-Decatur-Bainbridge: First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge 
    Address 200 East Shotwell Street
    Bainbridge, GA 39819-3922
    Repository ID R417 
    Linked to Georgia-Decatur-Bainbridge: First Presbyterian Church 

  •  Notes 
    • First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge was chartered in 1852 by the Presbytery of Florida. Five of the twelve petitioners were already members of the Quincy Florida church so they became the official founding members. A handsome building with an organ and gallery on three sides was completed in 1854 on the corner of Troupe and West streets. It burned in 1874 along with most of the business district. The Communion service along with the pulpit Bible and Session minute book were saved. The second building was erected in 1877 on the northwest corner of Broad and Evans streets.

      Construction of the current building was begun in 1899, and the building was dedicated in 1910. Important architectural features include a soaring vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained-glass windows. A Sunday School room (now additional sanctuary seating) was added in 1920. Douglas Hall (additional classrooms) and Ward Fellowship Hall were constructed in the 1950s and are named for former pastors. The Climax Presbyterian Church merged with the Bainbridge church in 1970. A complete renovation of the sanctuary and Ward Fellowship Hall was undertaken in 2000 and completed in 2003.

      -Notes copied from the church web site on 24 July 2023