14 High St

Gardner, MA, 01440

First Baptist Church

Est. 1832

Early Baptists in Gardner attended services at Baptist Common in Templeton. In 1828 it was decided to form a society for religious education in Gardner. A meeting was called at the house of Sullivan Jackson, the son of Gardner’s first settler. There were nine original members with classes being held at Jackson’s house.

The First Baptist Church of south Gardner was organized with 23 original members. The first pastor was Rev. Samuel Glover who served as the pastor from 1831-1834. The building was constructed sometime during his time as pastor, presumable built in 1832. 

Since its organization the church has gone through many renovations and expansions. Services are still being held here. It is considered to be the oldest public building in Gardner that is still used for its original purpose.

Research Contributed by Devin H.

Troop 9 Gardner