FBC Macon

Nurture. Love. Serve. ALL.

We’re proud of our Baptist history and heritage, but we’re also proud of our diversity. At First Baptist you will find a group of people coming from a variety of different church backgrounds and denominations who have found a home at the “top of Poplar.” And while our congregation comes from all over middle Georgia, we are a downtown church and see it is our mission to be the presence of Christ to our InTown and College Hill communities here in Macon.

Ministry for Adults

At First Baptist we are a church that ministers to all generations. We think of faith as a journey and recognize the ways our understanding and approach to faith, the Bible and church change with our life experiences. We believe that Jesus’ commandment to love God “with all of your mind” applies to adults as much as children, so we value adult education that challenges as much as it nurtures and inspires. We also know that one thing is necessary no matter where you are in your journey of faith: meaningful relationships. FBCX is a place where adults of all life stages are welcomed, prepared for and cared for.

Adult Sunday School

The “bread and butter” of our ministry for adults is adult Sunday School, which meets on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m, before worship. We offer a wide variety of classes, each with their own distinctive personality and approach to Bible study and fellowship (though almost all of them value donuts and coffee on a Sunday morning). Some are age specific, others aren’t. You can learn more about each class here, or just come on a Sunday morning and one of our greeters can help you find a place to land. And we also know relationships aren’t “one size fits all,” so don’t be afraid to “shop around” until you find a group that’s right for you.

Adult Too

Directors:  Bob Hardy and Bruce Conn

Meeting Location: Washington Ave. Bldg., Ground Floor

“We reserve the right to accept everyone!” Is the theme for this class. Teachers vary each week, and you will often find them studying topics for several Sundays.

Adult 3 Department

Directors: Beverly Penley

Meeting Location: Great Room

Featuring Round Table discussion based on scripture and lessons from Smyth and Helwys Formations literature. This welcoming group enjoys spending time with each other and loves to see new faces and make new friends.


Director:  Audrey Dickison

Meeting Location: High St. Bldg., Ground Floor

A group of young adults asking grown-up questions about faith. Together they're learning to connect to God, church, and community.

Kindred Spirits

Directors:  Karen and Needham Summerlin

Meeting Location: Washington Ave. Bldg., Main Floor

Join this class for a casual, scripture-based study utilizing the Nurturing Faith Sunday school series from Baptists Today. Kindred Spirits are primarily adults with school-aged children, but welcome all who join in the quest for practical theology.


Directors:  Doug and Kerri Thompson

Meeting Location: High St. Bldg., upstairs

This dynamic group seeks to study, question, and fellowship together in innovative and sometimes

 unconventional ways. You can find Koinonia on Facebook!

Pilgrims Class

Director:  Connie Jones

Meeting Location: Washington St. Bldg, Main Floor

Pilgrims is made up primarily of median adults, both single and married, who enjoy pursuing biblical and topical studies. The class is particularly fond of book studies! Valuing open and honest thinking and growing in the faith, the class exists to share the pilgrim journey with each other.

Seekers Class

Directors: Joan Godsey, Maxine Keoughan

Meeting Location: High St. Bldg., Ground Floor

This intergenerational class is a unique blend of median and older adults, single, married and previously married. All are welcome here! Topical studies and guest speakers form the lessons in the Seekers class.

Servants Class

Director/ Teacher: Dan Riley

Meeting Location: Washington St. Bldg., Ground Floor

Consisting of primarily median adults, both married and single, this group focuses on the study of Scripture and topics relevant to Christian life. As their name implies, this group's commitment to the church and community is apparent through their members' support of outreach programs like Habitat for Humanity and relief efforts in Haiti.

Voice of Grace

Directors: LeAnn Gunter Johns, Kathy Manis-Findley

Meeting Location: Washington Ave. Bldg., Ground Floor

This intergenerational class of women studies women in scripture, their struggle of life and faith, and how what we learn through their story impacts our own faith journey.

Short-Term Classes

We offer a variety of short-term classes at different times during the year, typically in the seasons of Advent, Lent, and over the summer.

Young Adults

Our young adult group meets on Sunday evenings at the home of Emily and Shaun Kell.

Senior Adults

Our seniors gather for breakfast in the fellowship hall the first Tuesday of every month at 9 am. No need to sign up, just come and enjoy the fellowship!

Wednesday Nights

Wednesday night fellowship and prayer meeting are also important at First Baptist. We gather most Wednesday evenings during the school year for supper in the Fellowship Hall, and then stay around the tables for a time of sharing: birthdays, anniversaries, announcements and prayer. The children break off into their choirs and missions groups and the adults stay in the fellowship hall for a discussion-based Bible study, usually led by the pastor. However, we have a “deep bench” here at First Baptist, so it’s not unusual to hear from one of our several university professors or other seminary trained members. All voices and perspectives are welcome and valued, so the discussion is almost always lively.

Spring Ethics Series

At First Baptist we’re a church that isn’t afraid to take on big issues. One of the ways we do this is through our Spring Ethic Series. This series began several years ago as a friendly, moderated debate where different members of the church would present opposing sides of issues facing the church, such as the death penalty and the Christian response to homosexuality and immigration. In recent years the series has shifted to a four-week long engagement with issues, featuring respected voices from around our community and the greater church. Recent topics have been poverty and issues of food sustainability. And yet we also hope for these discussions to be more than just discussions, and do our best to respond in some way as a church in light of the new information and perspectives we engage.

FBCX University (FBCX-U)

One of the more recent additions to our adult education ministry is FBCX University (FBCXU, or affectionately “Alphabet Soup”). On occasion following worship on Sunday morning we gather for lunch in the Fellowship Hall and then split off into workshops offered by our ministry staff and other members of the church on a variety of topics centered on the intersection of faith and life. Recent workshops have included discussions on how to talk to children and youth about matters of faith, a Bible study on “the cursing psalms,” end of life issues for care-givers and care receivers, a study of the liturgical year, an introduction to centering prayer and many others.

Women’s Ministry

Our annual women’s retreat in the fall at St. Simons Island is the highlight of our women’s ministry.  Since 2000, First Baptist women have gathered together for a weekend of learning and community building with plenty of good food and free time built in.  It is a weekend that many of our women look forward to all year long.

Small groups of women gather together regularly in discipleship groups and missions groups as well.  If you’re looking for a group with whom to get involved, ask a member of the ministerial staff. 

Men’s Ministry

Our Men’s ministry is highlighted by a Men’s Retreat in the spring. We have also convened for a summer “Back Porch Book Club” at Scott’s house, and other times for fellowship and conversation.



Sunday School at 9:45am
Morning Worship at 11:00am

Wednesday Evening
We begin with a meal at 5:30pm. Music and missions activities are available for adults, youth, and kids. Learn More



511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201
Directions to FBCX

Telephone: 1.478.742.6485

Email: office@fbcxmacon.org

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