The First Missionary Baptist Church of Pass Christian has been in existence since 1870 and we have weathered many storms. The church was once destroyed by fire and later rebuilt; also in 1969 the church received significant damage as a result of Hurricane Camille and was later restored. Throughout these tests and trials, the faith and resilience of our parishioners has been demonstrated and passed down from many generations with a strong determination to carry out the ministry and mission of the church in the Pass Christian Community and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. It is possible that Katrina was the largest hurricane of its strength to approach the United States in recorded history; its sheer size caused devastation over 100 miles from the center. The storm surge caused major or catastrophic damage along the coastlines of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Severe wind damage was reported well inland.
The First Missionary Baptist Church of Pass Christian, MS was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. Inspection reports provided by independent architects revealed severe structural damage to the building. The severe structural damage caused by Hurricane Katrina resulted in demolition of the church building on August 23, 2006. The decision to have the church demolished was not an easy one to make, since our church has been a part of the community since 1870.
The ministry and mission of the First Missionary Baptist Church continue although we were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. We held worship service at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Annex in Delisle, MS each Sunday since Hurricane Katrina until we resumed worship services at our original location on May 5, 2013.
To God Be the Glory!
Worship facility before Hurricane Katrina
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