Our History

The beginning of the Christian Movement in America began in the early 1800‘s as a faith based action of a small group of people who came to this country seeking the right to worship as they desired. Some of the influential persons of this Christian movement were Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, Walter Scott and Barton Stone. The first meeting of this group was at Cane Ridge, Kentucky with a tree stump as a pulpit. People came from many miles by foot, by horse, by wagon, and by other means. This movement is often called the Christian Restoration. As a result of these determined people, our denomination – Disciples of Christ – was founded. The intention of this group of early believers was that all who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and their Savior, were to receive the sacraments of salvation – communion with the Lord.  Although Bible knowledge, status and belief were important factors, one’s heart and soul were the most important criteria.

The history of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Wilmington, NC, reflects the vision of the early leaders of Disciples of Christ – a congregation that is faith based and includes the surrounding community. This vision remains today.  First Christian Church Wilmington is a relatively small church but one that has made an impact with its supportive programs in the community.

In the first decade of the twentieth century when First Christian Church of Wilmington was established, events were moving the city well beyond its past. Economic recovery from the depression of the 1890s was well underway and Wilmington, the state’s largest city and the most important port, experienced a population boom created by the demands of industry.

In the early twentieth century, Wilmington was a thriving commercial and industrial center, port city, and railroad headquarters with a growing population of workers who were entering the nation’s huge middle class.  One of the first dreams for the evolving middle-class was a home in the suburbs.  The extension of the city’s trolley lines to these neighborhoods ensured its success by giving residents easy access to the workplace, the commercial district, entertainment, schools, and churches.