In 1964, as Boone County began to grow, a handful of believers saw the need for a new church to hold out the hope of Jesus Christ. After hundreds of home visits were made inviting people to join the effort, in June 1964, fourteen people attended First Church's initial service led by her founding pastor, Wally Rendell, in the basement of the Florence firehouse.
From those small beginnings God was preparing to do big things! The church purchased five acres on US 42, and volunteers from the congregation built the first worship center in 1967. In 1972 LD Campbell began his 38 year ministry as the Senior Pastor. The church continued its rapid growth and relocated to the Burlington Campus in 1995.
In 2009 Greg Marksberry was called to serve as the next Senior Pastor following LD's retirement. Over the next several years, First Church continued to expand and became a multi-site church with the launch of the Union Campus in October 2012. Union recently celebrated its 7 year anniversary and over 800 people call the campus home.
In 2015 Greg was called to plant a new church in Orlando, Florida and, in 2016, Darin Mirante became the new Lead Pastor.
Our past is bright, but we believe that God has a brighter future planned for the FAMILY of First Church, leading people to Know, Worship and Serve Jesus Christ.