Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
In July, 1838, the Reverend James McDonald of Georgia came to Jacksonville and established the first Baptist congregation in the city. The history of the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church of Jacksonville, has been intimately connected with the development of one of Florida’s principle settlements and later metropolitan areas. After the separation of the congregation in 1868, the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church has continued to be the principal influence on the spiritual life of Jacksonville’s black community and the city of metropolitan Jacksonville and surrounding areas.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202