David Wargo Gallery

First Baptist Church Shreveport

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Founded in 1845 by John Bryce, a Baptist minister and Collector of Customs, First Baptist began with nine members in either borrowed or rented quarters. The church eventually grew to a peak of five thousand members and occupies an impressive campus on Ockley Drive. Located originally in what was then a brawling, lusty river town, First Baptist has grown with the city of Shreveport, contributing to its civic leadership and influencing its development as it has grown into a regional center.