First Baptist Society
The first Baptist society of Lansingburgh was formed on the 11th day of June, 1803. The first trustees were Daniel Seymour, Aaron B. Hinman, Francis Choate, Nathaniel Jacobs and William Spafford. The meeting house was erected on the corner of North and John streets [corner of 114th Street and Fourth Avenue]. A reorganization of this society was effected July 28, 1858. The present church building, on the east side of John street, between Richard and Elizabeth streets [east side of John street, between 117th and 116th Streets], formerly belonged to the Second Presbyterian church. The present pastor, the Rev. A. C. Ferguson, entered upon his ministrations over this society October 1, 1878.
Weise, Arthur J. History of the Seventeen Towns of Rensselaer County: From the Colonization of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck to the Present Time. Troy, N.Y: Francis & Tucker, 1880.
The steeple upon the new Baptist meeting-house measures 191 feet six inches, from the top of the star to the sidewalk, and is said to be the tallest specimen of a spire this side of the city of New York. The building when completed will be an ornament to our village, as well as a credit to the building committee, under whose supervision it is erecting. Messrs. Higgins & Striker are the architects. It is to be finished in the richest style of modern architecture, and in its interior arrangements will combine all the recent improvements, in houses of public worship. There is to be a baptistry in the house, also an orchestra, &c. It will be completed in about six weeks. We are informed that some of our most liberal citizens not members of the society, have started a subscription for the purpose of purchasing a church bell to be given to the baptist church as a mark of the public approbation. Let’s have the bell.
Lansingburgh Democrat. January 11, 1845: 2 cols 1-2.
DEDICATION.—The new Baptist Church in this village was dedicated to the service of the living God, in an appropriate manner, on Tuesday of last week. The building is pleasantly located, in the business section of the town, and the style and manner of its construction reflects great credit upon the taste and judgment of the committee under whose direction this splendid edifice has been erected. It is truly an ornament to our village. The Baptist society worshipping in this house are under the pastoral charge of Rev. W. W. Moore, whose eloquence as a divine, in this community needs no commendation at our hands. To his perseverance, in a great measure, are our citizens indebted for the erection of this splendid temple. We are glad to know that the public have signified their approval of the enterprizing spirit manifested by this denomination, to such an extent that nearly all the pews in the house were rented, the first day they were offered to the public.—Success attend them.
Lansingburgh Democrat. April 19, 1845: 2 col 2.