1854 - First Christian Church was organized and the first sermon preached in the passenger room of the original train depot in Bristol (then called Goodson, VA).
1855 - work began on a church building. The walls were brick and the framing was hewn from the nearby forest.
1856 - the building was completed and according to the original records, there were approximately 23 members enrolled at the time. Samuel H. Millard served as the first pastor.
1899 - the old brick building was removed and replaced with a larger frame building with a much larger sanctuary.
1921 - the frame building was removed and construction began on the present building. Some of the original timbers from the first and second buildings became foundation posts in the present building.
1956 - the church celebrated their 100th anniversary.
1981 - the church withdrew from The Disciples of Christ denomination and is currently non-denominational.
2004 - purchased property next door and renovated for a Family Life Center.
2021 - celebrated the 100th anniversary of the current building and renovated the sanctuary.
First Christian Church of Bristol, VA
311 Spencer Street
PO Box 158
Bristol, VA 24201
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm