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For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.  Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,

and his faithfulness to all generations.  Psalm 100:5

Winter Park Baptist Church was established in 1913 in the Winter Park Gardens area of Wilmington, NC, which at the time was merely a suburb of the community’s port-based center. As the city grew, First Baptist Church of Wilmington saw need to begin a Sunday school class in this budding community, and in 1912, an assistant pastor of FBC Wilmington began hosting worship services in conjunction with the Sunday school. Not long thereafter, Winter Park Baptist Church was established on June 15, 1913 with the help of FBC Wilmington and Reverend Milton O. Alexander and an initial membership of 37. Winter Park Baptist Church, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship affiliated church, still sits on its original site on Wrightsville Avenue, now the heart of the city.

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Winter Park Baptist Church was established in 1913 in the Winter Park Gardens area of Wilmington, NC, which at the time was merely a suburb of the community’s port-based center. As the city grew, First Baptist Church of Wilmington saw need to begin a Sunday school class in this budding community, and in 1912, an assistant pastor of FBC Wilmington began hosting worship services in conjunction with the Sunday school. Not long thereafter, Winter Park Baptist Church was established on June 15, 1913 with the help of FBC Wilmington and Reverend Milton O. Alexander and an initial membership of 37. Winter Park Baptist Church, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship affiliated church, still sits on its original site on Wrightsville Avenue, now the heart of the city.

WPBC history

For the next several decades, the area of Winter Park Gardens saw exceptional growth as Wilmington grew. The area had a trolley that connected the city to Wrightsville Beach, and the city began to sprawl from the downtown area. Families began to move to the area, and Winter Park Baptist grew, as did the neighborhood. Many families joined the church for worship and fellowship opportunities. In the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s; Winter Park grew in numbers, as well as facilities. The present sanctuary, an education center, and a new children’s wing were constructed. Programs for children, youth, and adults abounded; and a preschool was opened as an outreach of the church to families of the community. Many families who participated in the life of Winter Park during those decades are still a part of the church today. In 2013, Winter Park celebrated 100 years of worship and ministry, continuing to draw its membership from all over New Hanover County and the surrounding areas.

WPBC history

For the next several decades, the area of Winter Park Gardens saw exceptional growth as Wilmington grew. The area had a trolley that connected the city to Wrightsville Beach, and the city began to sprawl from the downtown area. Families began to move to the area, and Winter Park Baptist grew, as did the neighborhood. Many families joined the church for worship and fellowship opportunities. In the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s; Winter Park grew in numbers, as well as facilities. The present sanctuary, an education center, and a new children’s wing were constructed. Programs for children, youth, and adults abounded; and a preschool was opened as an outreach of the church to families of the community. Many families who participated in the life of Winter Park during those decades are still a part of the church today. In 2013, Winter Park celebrated 100 years of worship and ministry, continuing to draw its membership from all over New Hanover County and the surrounding areas.

Today, Winter Park is a caring, loving congregation where missions and ministries are a part of the daily activities of our church. Our worship time is a celebration of our love for Christ and one another. The doors of Winter Park are open to all who believe in Jesus Christ and wish to worship in His name. The work of Winter Park in the community and in the world is carried out by an involved congregation and a devoted and talented staff. We, as a church, adopted a mission statement in 2016: Together…learning to follow Jesus, joining God’s work in the world. As a church, we strive to do these things in the name of Jesus, obeying His command to go and tell the Good News. At Winter Park Baptist Church, we are continually striving to carryout this mission statement as we work together to follow Jesus and continue God’s work in the world.

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Today, Winter Park is a caring, loving congregation where missions and ministries are a part of the daily activities of our church. Our worship time is a celebration of our love for Christ and one another. The doors of Winter Park are open to all who believe in Jesus Christ and wish to worship in His name. The work of Winter Park in the community and in the world is carried out by an involved congregation and a devoted and talented staff. We, as a church, adopted a mission statement in 2016: Together…learning to follow Jesus, joining God’s work in the world. As a church, we strive to do these things in the name of Jesus, obeying His command to go and tell the Good News. At Winter Park Baptist Church, we are continually striving to carryout this mission statement as we work together to follow Jesus and continue God’s work in the world.