On January 28, 1962, the late Reverend John W. Thornton officially organized the First Baptist Church of Sterling with 42 members and held the first services in the basement of Rev. and Mrs. Thornton’s home. The current building was originally constructed in 1964 and throughout his tenure, God blessed his ministry. After sixteen years of continual building of the congregation, on May 15, 1978, God called Reverend John W. Thornton from labor to rest.
The members were anxious to fill the vacancy left by their founder’s passing, and the church called Rev. James E Jeffries to become the second pastor of FBCS on April 17, 1979. During Rev. Jeffries tenure, many improvements to the building were made and the church flourished. On August 21, 1995, Pastor Leslie Patterson Jr. became the third pastor of the 75-member congregation.
In July 2002, Pastor Leslie Patterson was appointed to the office of Bishop, thereby, expanding First Baptist to a worldwide ministry. Throughout the sixteen years that Bishop Patterson along with his wife, co-Pastor, Dr. Francene V. Patterson have served at FBCS, they have dedicated themselves to the vision God gave them for the ministry at FBCS.
Sunday morning’s celebration is scheduled to include a performance by the FBCS Mime Ministry and a guest choir. Church members and visitors have been invited to the potluck dinner to be held in the church fellowship hall after the eleven o'clock morning service.
For more information on FBCS and its rich history, visit the website at www.fbcsterlingva.org