1899: First Baptist Church builds the Edward Seeler-designed, Byzantine-inspired building at 17th and Sansom Sts. 

Oct. 1900: The building is dedicated and opened, becoming a center of ministry, worship and service.

1949: A fire in the sanctuary destroys the entire chancel area, the organ, pulpit furniture, and the stained glass windows in the dome.  

1950: Renovations to restore the church building are made, and it's reopened.

Dec. 2013: First Baptist Church informs Liberti Church’s leaders that they needed to sell their facility, and had an offer from a developer. Liberti’s leadership and First Baptist’s leadership begin to talk and pray about Liberti purchasing and renovating the facility.

Spring 2014: Liberti congregants give $3 million to purchase the building and begin research on needed renovations.

March 23, 2014: First Baptist Church members vote to sell their facility to Liberti Church, rather than a developer,  giving both congregations a permanent home, to continue the legacy of this place as a center of worship and service to the city!

June 2014: Liberti Church’s elders and members vote to purchase and renovate the First Baptist building.

September 2014: Liberti Church officially closes on the purchase of the First Baptist building, securing the facility debt-free.  

September 2014: Liberti launches the For the City initiative to renovate the First Baptist building and ready it for another century of worship, community, and service to the city!

November 2014: Liberti congregants commit to an additional $3.25 million in funds for renovation.

2015 PROJECTED RENOVATION TIMELINE

March - April, 2015: Hazardous material remediation. 

April - September, 2015: Utility and heating upgrades. 

April - October, 2015: Renovations and construction on all levels of the building. 

October/November 2015: Phase 1 project completion. 

*Phase 2 will be determined upon fundraising success.