If you're looking for a place to worship we invite you to come and visit our church anytime.
You'll be greeted with a smile, a friendly handshake and most of all, people who really care.
Saturday Feb 1st at 10am.
Beaverfork Road in Conway.
First Free Will Baptist Church of Conway
In 1954, approximately 16 people who were attending services at the Free Will Baptist Church in Greenbrier, decided to organize a new Free Will Baptist Church in Conway. The pastor of the church in Greenbrier, Brother R.G Lane, who also lived in Conway, resigned there to become the first pastor of the new church in Conway. In the beginning, Sunday services were held in the home of O.S.Sawrie, while Wednesday night prayer meetings were held in different members homes. One Wednesday night during a meeting in the home of Billy and Montine Nichols, they decided to name the church, The First Free Will Baptist Church of Conway
After a while, they started renting the old American Legion building in downtown Conway for Sunday morning and evening services at a cost of $5.00 per week. Wednesday prayer meetings continued to be held in the homes of different members each week. Everyone purchased their own song book and brought it along with their Bibles to each meeting.
As the church began to grow in membership, they decided to buy the land where the church now stands at 1625 Washington Avenue. An old café building on the property was remodeled to house a sanctuary, one bathroom and two Sunday School classrooms. Because of his personal acquaintance with Heigel Lumber Company, they were an integral part of the remodel because they gave Billy Nichols an open account to get anything needed for the remodel allowing the church to pay as they could.
In the early 1960’s the café was torn down and the first stage of the current church was built. Two more additions were built to become our current building.
This church has been the home of many different pastors thru the years. Some of those pastors were:
In 2013, the members of this church made a decision to sell this property and purchase approximately 4 acres on Beaverfork Road just north of Conway. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our current church but the property at 1625 Washington, limits our ability to provide the room needed for new members and visitors including parking.
We are excited about this new endeavor and are prayerfully asking Gods guidance in all that we do.
Thank you, Montine Nichols for providing this history....Linda Branscum