A powerful thread runs through the history of First Baptist Dallas – the thread of reaching the lost in our city, nation, and world with the truth of God’s Word, no matter the circumstances.

Even before we had a building of our own, the early members of First Dallas started mission churches. They sent their pastors to host revivals and minister to the cowboys in the plains and the soldiers on the frontlines. First Dallas championed God’s truth, sending their pastors to counsel with presidents and world leaders in the midst of wars, crisis, and change. 

The church has continued to build on the legacies of its predecessors, keeping God’s Word as the cornerstone of our life and ministry. Truett’s messages began airing on the radio in 1921. In the 1950s, the services of First Baptist Dallas began their broadcast on television and W.A. Criswell’s preaching was heard all over the south. 

With the arrival of Dr. Jeffress in 2007, the church utilized the platform of Pathway to Victory to spread the gospel to millions all over the globe in different languages through radio, television, print, digital mediums, and online platforms. Recently, the First Dallas iCampus connected people all over the world with our live services every Sunday. 

The common denominator in the preaching of Dr. Truett, Dr. Criswell, and Dr. Jeffress has been a deep belief in the authority and power of the Bible. Luke 6:48 accurately describes the legacy and future of First Baptist Dallas: “He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” Our foundation – past, present, and future – is firmly built on the Rock of Jesus Christ.