In 2015, First Baptist celebrated its 250th Anniversary! Back in 1765, a fiery reformed Baptist pastor by the name of Hezekiah Smith founded the First Baptist Church of Haverhill. Our charter is signed by John Hancock who was, at the time, the governor of Massachusetts. The church has an unbroken line of members dating back to before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, through the Civil War, onto both World Wars, enduring the Great Depression and witnessing the events of September 11, 2001. We have seen His work in our church and in our community for two and a half centuries. We are a church that is truly grateful for what God has done in and through us, and excited about what He is doing now.