History of the First Baptist Church of Morristown

The church was organized in 1752.

churchdrawingEleven members of the Piscataqua Baptist Church (now Stelton Baptist) had journeyed from the Morristown area for church attendance. They, along with six newly baptized, formed the Baptist Church in Morristown.

The first pastor, John Gano, was granted leave from the church to visit newly organized Baptist churches in North Carolina. Later, he was probably the most outstanding chaplain during the Revolutionary War.

Hezekiah Smith was Gano's first convert and later became known as the Apostle to New England because of the number of churches he nurtured. He was also a Revolutionary War Chaplain. At the end of the 19th century, Samuel Batten worked with Walter Rauschenbusch in New York City in the early days of the social gospel.