Joplin and First Church—we go back a long way. The Reverend Harris G. Joplin, a Methodist circuit rider, made his way to southwest Missouri back in the 1830’s and planted a congregation among the folks who had settled at the edge of the frontier. From that seed grew a thriving congregation that offered Christ to a region that struggled through Civil War border conflicts and found itself quickly moving from a quiet rural setting to an often rough-and-tumble urban one with the discovery of lead.
As the population grew, the boundaries of townships and camps began to blur. In 1873, a city was born and named for the country pastor who had brought the Word to the area a generation before. The congregational size kept pace with the city’s increasing numbers and eventually created the need for a new building. This grand house of worship, unlike anything in Joplin at the time, was completed in 1905 at the corner of 4th and Byers Avenue, and we still worship there today.
We’ve seen a lot since then. Styles have changed, technology has changed, and even our building has changed; but our commitment to sharing Christ with the community and the world has not. We are a unique blend of old and new, classic and modern, with a common love for Jesus and for you. Won’t you join us and help us write the next chapter in our story?