"Who we are cannot be separated from where we are from." - Malcolm Gladwell
Like the community it is in, our church has grown and changed over the years. Founded in February 1960, it has enjoyed countless good times and faced numerous challenges over the last fifty-plus years. We put together this short version of our church history to help you get to know us better.
At our founding in 1960 as Arlington Missionary Baptist Church, we were pastored by Billy Shepard. In 1967, Brother Shepard left to establish Bethel Baptist Church (now known as Marsh Road Baptist Church) in Woodbridge, where he continues to serve as Senior Pastor today.
Brother Shepard was succeeded by Fred Dowell, who oversaw the church's transition to the Hayfield area. Brother Dowell returned to his hometown of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where he pastored for many years. He passed away in 2009.
Brother Dowell was succeeded by Ernest Moyers. While he only pastored at Hayfield Baptist a short time, he served several other churches over a long career. He retired to Madison, Alabama, and passed away in August, 2012.
Brother Moyers was succeeded by Lowell Stone. He, too, was only at Hayfield Baptist a short time, leaving in 1977 to take the pastorate at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Sheridan, Arkansas. He passed away in January, 2014.
The church then called Clyde Duncan, who had been serving at Antioch Baptist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. Brother Duncan took over as our pastor in December, 1977, a position he would hold for nearly thirty years. During his tenure, Brother Duncan oversaw the transition to the new name, First Baptist Church of Kingstowne, and the construction of the current facilities. In May 2007, Brother Duncan accepted the church's call to become the missionary pastor of Benchmark Baptist Fellowship, the church's mission outreach in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Pastor Duncan retired in 2014, and holds the standing of Pastor Emeritus at FBCK.
In the fall of 2008, the church called Greg Gibson of New Home Baptist Church in Watempka, Alabama, to be pastor. Brother Gibson served the church for two years before departing to take a job as a director at a Christian school.
On September 1, 2012, John Mix assumed the helm as pastor of First Baptist Church of Kingstowne. We look forward to an exciting future as the church takes the message of God's love and salvation through Jesus Christ to Kingstowne, the Washington, DC metro area, and the entire world.