The tale of the First Baptist Church of Augusta was an interesting read for me I must say. Having lived in this area for over half of a year now and seeing the sprawl of Baptists churches from one block to the next and now knowing that the FIRST Baptist Congregation formed was in 1817, I see that as bewildering! The first 'church' didn't even have an established church, it was merely a Society.
As the Baptist Praying Society grew from the original eighteen members, they thought it worthy to build a church. After the funds were collected amounting to about $20,000 the Church was dedicated in 1821, becoming the First Baptist Church.
The First Baptist Church has played a significant role in Augusta's History. Just before the Civil War, it held early conventions on issues such as slavery and states rights.