Our Mission At the crossroads where humanity and the divine meet, First Baptist Church of Mebane is a community of faith experiencing transformation by God's presence in our lives, following Christ by His example, and touching lives in our global culture. Our History In 1901, our country's president was William McKinley, the Spanish-American War was over, and business was booming. Mebane, North Carolina, was a small mill village situated along the Southern Railroad route between Durham and Greensboro. A large part of its population was dependent on nearby furniture and textile mills taking advantage of the ease of transportation. The nearest Baptist church was 10 miles away, since travel was by horse and buggy at the time, this was quite a long trip. There were already strong Methodist and Presbyterian congregations in town, and on July 5, 1901, a group of 21 citizens came together to formally found the Mebane Baptist Church. The church would have as its leader Reverend L.N. Chappell, a former missionary to China and an employee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. The new church would share space with Mebane Presbyterian Church. In those days, it was rare to have a full-time pastor. Services were not held on a regular basis and most pastors at the time usually served more than one church. Since only larger congregations could afford to fully support a pastor, services were held one or two times a month. Between 1902 and 1906, Mebane Baptist Church was no different. It suffered a number of rough times during these years, and in 1906, members met to reorganize the church and begin anew, this time with more success. From May 8 to the present day, Baptist work in Mebane has continued the process of growth.