About Us

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Who We Are

We are excited that you have chosen to virtually visit FBCEE.  Whether you are a first time guest or a church member, our desire is for this site to help you know more about the ministries and purpose of First Baptist Church East End. Throughout the site you will find helpful information about what is going on in the life of FBCEE. 

If you are looking for some “Good News in Newport News” or desiring to partner in discipleship with a loving, bible-based, inter-generational and growing church where everybody is somebody; stop by the “Lighthouse” and see how our Pastor draws fresh water from an old well.  This is First Baptist Church East End.

Visit our Christian Cafe’

Open every First Sunday after East End University and again after our 10:00 am Worship Service.

Our history

At First Baptist Church East End, many lives have been touched and transformed since its conception in 1896! It was in that year while under the guidance and blessing of God, a small group of worshipers of Jesus of Nazareth gathered together under the leadership of Rev. Anthony Johnson of New Kent County to establish this church. They initially worshiped under a tree before moving to a house at Oak Avenue and 29th Street.  On July 4, 1898 a wooden edifice was erected, and a brick building was completed in 1921.

 In 1961, a Sunday night fire destroyed the building but could not scorch the unwavering faith of God’s people.  Another edifice was purchased at 649 30th Street in 1963. The current building was constructed on May 6, 2007 with future plans to further expand the campus in order to provide more ministry and learning space.

We thank God for each disciple who has labored in this vineyard and placed his or her brick upon the rich history and living legacy of First Baptist Church East End. We are equally excited about what our future holds as we are reminded that “eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has it entered the hearts, the things that God has prepared for them that love God…I Corinthians 2:9

The Evolution of First Baptist Church East End

FBCEE has a long history of dynamic leaders from 1896 to the present.

Rev. Anthony Johnson
1896 - 1898
Rev. J. B. Allen
1898 - 1910
Rev. W. H. Harris
1910 - 1918
Rev. J. H. Smith
1918 - 1929
Rev. W. T. Young
1929 - 1932
Rev. Y. B. Williams, Sr.
1932 - 1936
Rev. Dr. I. H. Ruffin
1936 - 1948
Rev. Woodrow M. Brown, Sr.
1948 - 1985
Rev. Woodrow M. Brown, Jr.
1985 - 2000
Rev. Dr. William J. Marshall
2003 - 2011
Rev. Dr. Gregory M. Howard
2014 - 2020
Rev. Jamaar Trumane Jones
Executive Minister: 2000 - Present
Meet Rev. Jones
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1896 – 1963

1963 – 2007

2007 – Present

Our Mission

To bring souls to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire world.  To believe in one God, one Faith, one Baptism, and Jesus Christ as the Son of the living God who suffered, died and rose from the grave for our redemption as revealed in the Holy Bible.  To provide an opportunity for Christian Worship and Bible Study.  To offer Christian Education and Ministries for spiritual growth.  To minister to the needs of humanity in the name of Jesus Christ.

Meet our Staff