First Baptist Church Announces Campaign Kick-Off with over $1.3 Million Already Raised!


For Immediate Release
July 15, 2018

Terre Haute, IN – The leadership of Terre Haute First Baptist Church launched the public phase of the “50/50 Healthy Past/Bright Future” Capital Campaign with a gala celebration. After revealing the amount raised to date in the Advance Phase, a buffet lunch was attended by an overflow crowd of over 185 members of the church in Esken Hall. Campaign Co-Chairs, Tom Dever and Rex Henry provided inspirational, insightful and thoughtful commentary for First Baptist as the Campaign moves forward. The $1.3 million figure was displayed by the youth of the Church and was cheered on by fellow members. Those in attendance were not only current members, but families that represented 4 generations within First Baptist.

The goals of the campaign are multi-faceted. They include a multi-purpose facility, renovation of the existing campus, and a walking trail on the property. The goal of the campaign, which was identified in the Focus Group Meetings, is community outreach and community engagement. First Baptist is celebrating 50 years in the current location. Founded in 1836, First Baptist has been housed at 4 locations. The current “50/50 Healthy Past/Bright Future” Campaign is designed to provide the membership of the church the next 50 years of spiritual growth, education and continued community engagement and outreach.

Resident Campaign Director, Charles DeMaio, praised the church leadership. “First Baptist is blessed to have tremendous leadership who are talented, committed and dedicated to lead the Campaign for First Baptist. Their preparation and thoughtfulness has inspired the membership to fully support the ‘50/50 Healthy Past/Bright Future’ Campaign. Our goal is to visit every family within the Church.  Every member’s voice is just as important as giving.”

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