Our History

First Baptist Church Corbin was founded in 1895, the product of Mrs. B. A. White’s vision. Together with “Grandma” White, thirteen like-minded Baptists covenanted to worship together in the newly formed town of Corbin, KY.

Since that first day, First Baptist Church Corbin has endeavored to be a place of worship and hope, of service and selflessness, of justice and fairness, in the Corbin community.

To that end, First Baptist Church constructed Baptist Housing in 1981, a 64 unit HUD-sponsored home for the elderly and mobility-impaired in the Corbin community. In 1983, First Baptist built a Family Life Center to offer exercise, recreational, and study opportunities to the greater Corbin community.

In 1988, under the leadership of Rev. John T. Dunaway, the church moved unanimously to ordain female deacons; today, 7 of 15 active deacons are women. And in 1990, First Baptist opened a food pantry to supply food to hungry and economically disadvantaged persons from the Corbin community: the first such food pantry in Corbin. In short, ours is a rich history, and we cherish our ability to tap into these roots as we grow into the future.