About Lansdowne Baptist Church

Lansdowne Baptist Church has been proudly serving the Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, community for 130 years. We are members of American Baptist Churches USA and the oldest of all the American Baptist associations, the Philadelphia Baptist Association. Our worship and our beliefs are firmly grounded in the Bible and we strive to follow the two greatest commandments, to love God with all our hearts, souls, strength, and minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. The parable of the Good Samaritan informs us that our neighbors are everyone, so the call is quite expansive. We serve the Lord and the world, reaching out into our community and the wider world, supporting a different mission every month, and spreading the good news of the love of Jesus Christ everywhere we go, assured that as we do so Jesus will be with us, even to the end of the age. We warmly invite you to join us anytime you are in Lansdowne. If you are new to the area, many of our members have lived in the area most of their lives, can direct you to all the best places in town, and make you feel right at home.

Here is a brief history of our church:

In August 1886, the founders of what was then the Bethabara Baptist Church of Lansdowne was founded. Its first order of business was to establish a Sunday school as, quoting the resolution of 1887, “there is a crying need of united, earnest Christian work in gathering into Sunday School the great number of children now running at large without any Christian training, and with no regard for the Lord’s Day …” So much for the good ol’ days. The first service was in the home of Mr. J.D. Mitchell.

Seven months after the church’s establishment, the name was changed to Lansdowne Baptist Church.
The church’s cornerstone was laid on May 24, 1887. In 1895, as an act of Christian social conscience, the congregation stepped up to assist African Americans moving into Lansdowne.

In 1911, the church moved to accept Philippians 4:8 as the church’s motto: Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if these is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
In 1923, LBC had many leading figures of the Baptist denomination among their ranks, including department heads for The American Baptist Publication Society. Four ministers joined the church’s ranks and their teaching ministry was significantly enriched. The education wing was added in 1926. Mindful of our duties to outreach over the years, the congregation of Lansdowne Baptist Church has contributed money and facilities to support foreign missions, inner city work, theological seminaries, and local organizations such as Baptist Home, Baptist Children’s House, and Baptist Association. Facilities over the years have been made available over the years to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Church has always raised money for flood, earthquake, and fire relief, and other disasters. Locally, assisted with Meals on Wheels, food closet, fuel fund, blood bank, and clothes closet.

During World War One; Miss H. Emilie Groce, first principal of New Lansdowne School, became active in civic movements: promoting planting of war gardens, planning community, sends offs for volunteers and draftees, packing kit bags advocating correspondence with the boys in the service. She also comforted the bereaved as notice of the deaths of local boys overseas came in.
There have been wonderful church choirs here along with instrumental groups. We have a treasure in the 1963 Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ. There has been in the past also a vibrant youth group involved in scouting, the group Christian Endeavor Society and Baptist Youth Fellowship. We hope to be active in these areas again.

Women’s organizations have played an active role at LBC, contributing to the social, spiritual, and financial objectives of church program. Ladies Aid Society worked hard to pay off the church debt.  The Women’s Society also raised money for World-Wide Mission causes. 

Today we are striving to become a missional church of the twenty-first century, reaching out to offer good works and good news to our community, our region, and our world. Come and join us in our ongoing adventure!

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