Located in beautiful Wears Valley at the base of the Smoky Mountains stands First Baptist; one of the oldest churches in the valley. That is not our legacy, though.
We are a church of action … with a mission to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community. We show God’s love through a variety of ministries, but also in the love, care and relationships we build with one another.
“Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” – James 2:8
As a multi-generational church community, we meet needs through a variety of:
- worship experiences;
- Sunday School options;
- mission opportunities; and
- fellowship and outreach events.
As early as 1810 Wears Cove Baptist Church, membership of 57, lettered to the Tennessee Association of Baptists and continued as a member of the Association until becoming one of 2l churches organizing the Chilhowee Association. The Reverend James Saults was representative to the Association for Wears Cove in 1885 when the membership was 80, and the Reverend Mark Roberts was pastor.
In 1886, Wears Cove Baptist Church became one of the organizing churches of the Sevier County Baptist Association.
There have been several names through the years: Wears Cove Baptist, Wears Valley Missionary Baptist, The Church With the Purple Doors (when the doors were painted purple), but in 1967 after several other Baptist churches had organized in the valley, the name was officially changed to Wears Valley First Baptist Church.
Learn more about the church’s history here. (Courtesy Sevier County Public Library.)
It is our goal to equip, empower, and deploy every member of our body to serve in the role and gifting to which the Lord has called them. We have stepped into the fray to be a voice for truth in a world hungry for answers.
We are members of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, Southern Baptist Convention and the Sevier County Baptist Association.