First Baptist Church of Nipomo
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Church History

On May 13, 2011, the First Baptist Church of Nipomo  celebrated its 50th anniversary.  Praise God for a 50 years of service to God and the California Central Coast.
 
Church History as presented for the 20th anniversary of the church.  Author unknown.
 
In late 1960 a small group of people met several times in home prayer meetings seeking God's will in the establishment of a Southern Baptist Church in Nipomo.
 
 
Feeling a definite leading of the Lord, this group contacted First Southern Baptist Church of Grover City asking them to be a sponsoring church.  It was agreed upon and on January 8, 1961 the Nipomo Baptist Mission held it's first worship service in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Berryhill. on East Dana Street.  Lee Finley was called as pastor.  The piano was in the garage, the song leader in the dining room, and the congregation in the living room.
 
 
After a few services in the Berryhill home, the church rented a small store building on South Oakglen where services were held while a bond program was in negotiation for the present 4 1/2 acres.
 
 
The mission was chartered as a church Easter Sunday, 1961.  Later, that same year, the congregation began meeting in their new building which served as educational space and sanctuary.
 
 
In 1965, the church borrowed $50,000 from the Home Mission Board, and the second building was erected.
 
Construction Timeline
 
 1961               Berryhill Hall built as first sanctuary
 
1965                Current sanctuary built
 
1976                Church parsonage built
 
2010               Original steeple removed from Berryhill Hall due to roof leaks. 
                        Original stained glass windows have been preserved.
                        They will be put on display after being refurbished.