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Our History

Fairview Baptist Church was organized in June 1909. Our first meeting place was 531 N. Kelham Avenue.  The church was named Fairview because it faced the Fairgrounds, which stood at tahe present location of Douglass High School.  Our first Pastor was Rev. Jeff Roberts.  Fairview later moved to its present location of 1700 N. E. 7th Street.  
    In 1914, the church called Rev. J. D. Provo as it’s Pastor.  He served for 19 years and resigned.  Rev. S. S. Fairly was called to the church in 1933.  Pastor Fairly led the church in the building of a new sanctuary, which was completed in 1954.  
     At the annual meeting of the church, December 31, 1962, the church extended the call of Assistant Pastor to the Rev. John A. Reed, Jr.  On the second Sunday in January, 1963, Rev. Reed accepted the call to become Assistant Pastor.  On January 12, 1969, at the close of morning worship, the yoke of pastoral responsibility was passed on to Pastor Reed.  In June 1975, Dr. Fairly went home to be with the Lord.  January 2010 marked 47 years of Pastor Reed’s continued, faithful spiritual leadership to the Fairview Baptist Church Family. 
     Fairview has continued to grow physically and spiritually.   In 1990, we moved in our present sanctuary.  The old sanctuary and fellowship hall were renovated and, in December 1999, dedicated as the Donald E. Burns Educational Center and Fellowship Hall.  Under Pastor Reed’s leadership, the membership has grown from 500 to 2,500. 
     Fairview has continued to be one of the leading churches in our city, state, and nation.  Pastor Reed currently serves as President of the Oklahoma Baptist State Convention, President of Oklahoma City’s Baptist Ministers Association (BMA), and President of the Concerned Clergy for Spiritual Renewal (CCSR).  He has provided over four decades of strong, visionary Christian leadership in the community and state.  January 2010 marked 47 years of leadership to Fairview.  In June 2008, Dr. Reed was selected to serve as 5th Vice President of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, an auxiliary to the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.  In September, 2009, Pastor Reed was recommended by Convention President Elect, Dr. Julius Scruggs, and confirmed by the Convention body to serve as Vice President of the National Baptist Convention, overseeing the work of the Convention’s Western Region. 
     We have ministries in place for you in whatever stage of life you are in.  Presently, we have:  Family Enrichment Ministry, Men’s and Women’s Ministries, a Senior’s Fellowship Ministry, a growing Church School, Youth Fellowship and Youth Ministries.  Other ministries include:  Music and Fine Arts, Library, Adult and Youth Usher, Nurse, Hospitality, Communication and Public Relations, Social Action, Media, Fishes and Loaves, Grief and many more!  We are constantly developing and implementing programs to minister to the needs of our congregation.  
    2009 marked Fairview’s 100th year of service to the Oklahoma City community, the State of Oklahoma and the nation.  The theme for the year-long celebration was “100 Years of Implementing the Great Commission.”   

     The year 2011 has brought a renewed determination to fulfill the mandate of the Great Commission.  The theme for the year is "Our Church:  Illuminating the Community."  The Pastor and congregation are committed to impact the community and the world through a concentrated effort to let our light shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify the Father in Heaven!