First Baptist Church Olive Branch

The entrance to the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Olive Branch, which has been in existence in DeSoto County since 1838. 

(Editor’s note: The DeSoto Times-Tribune on occasion will feature on this page some of the houses of worship that call DeSoto County their home. Email to have your church and its ministries highlighted on this page.)

One of the churches in DeSoto County that has offered itself as a place of worship in DeSoto County over many years is First Baptist Church of Olive Branch.

First Baptist Church has been a house of worship for the county since 1838, meaning it has had a Godly impact for its parishioners now for more than 180 years.

Saying the church “has been a consistent and reliable part of the landscape of the community, First Baptist continues to see the hand of God at work,” as its website states.

First Baptist is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and Kevin Kerr has been serving as its senior pastor since 2012.

The church offers several ministries for its members and community. Among them is the Sprouts pre-school ministry, Branch Kids for children through grade six and Thrive, geared toward students from grades 7-12. Young adults, men’s and women’s ministries are active in the church, as well as a prayer ministry, and L.E.A.D. University, for leadership, evangelism and discipleship, a class that begins April 3 through May 22.

Child care programs are offered, along with a recreation ministry and the Stephen Ministry program where trained and supervised laypersons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties.

Active small groups study the Bible and connect people together. First Baptist Church also is involved in missions with its affiliations with Mississippi Baptists, the X-tended Missions Network, International Mission Board and North American Mission Board, along with the Baptist Medical Dental Mission International, based in Hattiesburg.

An upcoming event for the church is a community Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday, April 17, which is open to all children through fifth grade. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the event will start at 6:15 p.m.

First Baptist Church in Olive Branch is located at 9155 Highland Street. The office phone number is 662-895-5481 or email

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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