Around Bismarck and Around the World

SINCE 1912

How We Started

The beginning of Bismarck Baptist Church is traced back to a small group of German Baptists who began to hold services in various homes throughout the city over 100 years ago. On February 25, 1912, the church was officially organized at a meeting held in the Will School. Thirteen charter members bound themselves together for worship and mission. 

Our First Church Building

The church dedicated its first sanctuary at 322 8th Street in 1913 and Henry Hirsch served as the first pastor. Early innovations in ministry included being instrumental in forming Bismarck’s “Baptist Home for the Aged” (now the sparkling new Baptist Care Center in north Bismarck).

Our Current Location

As growth took place, the church built a new facility at 11th and Ave. B in 1951. In 1966, BBC moved into a modern facility at its current location of 22nd Street and Laforest Ave. The joy of a new building was short-lived. In the middle of the night on January 17, 1967, a fire started in the sanctuary that engulfed the new building in flames. The congregation sadly returned to holding services in their former sanctuary on Ave. B while the new church building was re-built. Six months later, patience and perseverance allowed BBC to return to its new sanctuary.

Over the Years

BBC joined with other churches across the Midwest to build Crystal Springs Baptist Youth Camp, visible from I-94 60 miles east of Bismarck.  We remain proud of the daughter church we helped start up on Washington Street: Century Baptist.  Generous contributions and partnerships helped establish over 1700 churches in Cameroon, West Africa. BBC partnered with other Baptists across the country to form a vibrant orphanage ministry in Brazil called “Chain of Love.” Other impactful ministries have been built with BBC contributions in Nigeria, Japan, The Philippines, and in Russia. 

History in Perspective

We’re proud of our past and all the sacrifice people made to touch lives for generations. We thank God for our present and the way God continues to shape us. But we’re incomplete without a commitment to our future.

Psalm 78:2 says "I will utter hidden things, things from of old – things we have heard and known. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord…which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.

Someone passed a torch to us. A group of people said, "We will work... pray... serve...dream... give... sacrifice.” 

God used their work to reach us.  Our challenge: We must do for the next generation what the previous generation did for us.

We continue to be committed to MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

22nd and LaForest Ave, Bismarck