First Baptist Church of Laurel, Montana had humble beginnings as a Bible study group in a garage. From the purchase of an unfinished house and seven lots, its official organization on December 14, 1953, the steady growth that necessitated a church building in 1956, to today, it has remained true to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God.
God called some faithful men to pastor this work over the years. Pastor Sheldon Helsley was the first pastor. Dr. Arthur W. Allen–who, as the Inter-Mountain Baptist Fellowship field director, organized the church in its infancy–became its next pastor from 1955 to 1966. Pastor Edward Watke took the pastorate from 1966 to 1969. Pastor John S. Johnson followed from 1970 to 1974. Pastor Walter Lacy assumed the pastorate from 1974 to 1985. Pastor David Smith pastored from 1985 to 2000. Pastor Walter E. Widdis is the current pastor and has filled that position since January of 2002.
Over the course of the years the ministry has matured and strengthened, delving into various areas of ministry and outreach. The vision of the little group who met in a garage has become the reality of First Baptist Church of Laurel, Montana. May it always remain steadfast in its stand for the truths found in the Bible.
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