Franconia Baptist Church was founded in 1870, just 5 years after the end of the civil war. Originally the church was called Beulah Baptist as it was located on Beulah Rd. In the early 1950s the congregation, under the pastoral leadership of Dr. C. L. Bishop decided to look for a new location with more space. Feeling the Lord's leading the congregation decided to buy the current property located at the corner of S. Van Dorn and Franconia Rd. which also lead to the church's current name.
Today Franconia is a diverse community of believers of all ages from a number of countries around the world that are committed to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is quite a lot of discussion going on these days about the purpose of a church and the best way to tell people about Jesus. Some of these debates will probably not be settled until eternity, but we believe that a few things are clear. First of all we start with the belief that the primary goal of any believer should be to bring glory to God. From there we conclude that when Christians come together in local churches they also do so for the glory of God.
The Great Commission is just as relevant today as it was when Jesus first gave the instruction to His disciples. Matthew 28:19-20 says "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." It is our belief that making disciples includes both the spread of the Gospel (resulting in the baptism referred to in the Great Commission) and "teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you". In other words making disciples covers the entire spectrum of evangelism through the equipping of the saints (Eph. 4:12)
These beliefs have been distilled into Franconia's mission that we exist to "worship God, love people, and teach the Bible."