Sun Sentinel Broward Edition

Pom­pano church dates to early 1900s

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The First Bap­tist Church of Pom­pano Beach re­ally lives up to its name. Nearly a cen­tury old, it was among the very first churches in Broward County. The church’s con­gre­ga­tion held its first or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing in May 1915, the same year Broward was in­cor­po­rated as a county. There were 24 mem­bers, led by Rev. S.P. Ma­honey. In its early years, con­gre­gants met in a “com­mu­nity church” build­ing shared by Methodists and Pres­by­te­ri­ans when trav­el­ing min­is­ters ar­rived in town. The Bap­tists held ser­vices there twice a month, un­til they erected their own church in 1922. It cost $5,000.

Over the years, the church grew. A Sun­day school was built in the ’40s. A re­mod­eled sanc­tu­ary was ded­i­cated in March 2015. To­day, the church boasts 1,800 mem­bers.

Staff re­searcher Bar­bara Hi­jek con­trib­uted to this re­port. — Robert Nolin

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