The Free Baptist Church was founded by Simeon P. Meads in 1884 as the Free Baptist Mission. A building was constructed in 1886, and the church incorporated in February, 1887. 3 The church was at the southeast corner of 21st and Brush Streets.

"On March 16, 1884, we opened a mission on San Pablo Avenue, near 20th Street, Oakland. A little later we rented a lot on the south side of 21st Street, near Brush Street with the privilege of buying. We erected a church building and dedicated it March 28, 1886, the lot having been paid for. A church was organized in February, 1887." 1

The Free Baptist Church merged with First Baptist Church in 1910. 2

Links and References

  1. My Own Lot and Place by S. P. Meads (excerpts) (via
  2. Baptist Churches in Joint Service Oakland Tribune April 30, 1910
  3. First Free Baptist Church Oakland Tribune February 18, 1887