FRBC History


Franklin Road Baptist Church (FRBC) was planted in the home of Mr. W.C. Waugh on Wednesday, March 10, 1948 by a small group of interested Baptists. On May 30, 1948, the name became official as recommended by the committee of four ladies who had been appointed for that purpose. The church met in a tent for some three months in same general area where the church is located today.

FRBC began services in a building in September of 1948, in the present location of the Sanctuary at 1424 New Franklin Road, with an educational annex being added to the Sanctuary in 1956 and expanded again in 1963. The Church had also purchased property in 1953 on South Page for a Pastorium. The Church had twenty-two (22) Charter members, among whom six (6) Charter Deacons were elected/ordained.

The Church has had a total of thirteen (13) called Pastors since is inception, including the currently-serving, as follows:

Rev. Heflin Daniel 1948-1950
Rev. Ross Beal 1950-1951
Rev. Eugene Reese 1951-1952
Rev. Chester Craft 1952-1954
Rev. Rufus Mormon 1955-1966
Rev. Jimmie Willis 1966-1971
Rev. Edward Salter 1972-1973
Rev. Ernest Clegg 1974-1975
Rev. H.T. Henderson 1975-1978
Rev. Sam Self 1979-1981
Rev. Frank Sledge** 1981-2001
Rev. Bob Burnett 2002-2007
Pastor Andy Buchanan, since Jan 2008

** Pastor Emeritus Rev. Frank Sledge continues to attend and serve at FRBC.