BAY COUNTY CHURCHES

Gansser, Capt. Autgustus H., Bay City, Michigan, editor and compiler
History of Bay County, Michigan and Representative Citizens
Published by Richmond & Arnold, Chicago, Illinois, 1905
Chapter XII contains histories of the various churches in Bay County.

Baptist Churches

Broadway Baptist Church - originally named the First Baptist Church of Portsmouth, it was formed at the home of Jesse Braddock in Portsmouth Township on June 15, 1858.

First Baptist Church

Patterson Memorial Baptist Church

Essexville Baptist Community Church

First Baptist Church of Bay City - Essexville

Swedish Baptist Church

Kawkawlin Baptist Church

Congregational Churches

First Congregational Church - formed in 1875.  900 Sixth Street at the corner of Van Buren, Bay City, Michigan.

Congregational Church - Essexville

First Church of Christ Scientist  - from the Bay City Daily Times, July 20, 1929.

Church of Christ (Disciples)

Episcopal Churches

Trinity Parish, Bay City, Michigan, 1884
By the Reverend A. A. Butler from the Pioneer Society of Michigan Reports of Counties, Towns, Etc.
Volume VII, pages 308 - 319.  Detailed history of the establishment of the church, members and sacraments performed.

Clergyman's Private Register of the Rev. Ammi Merchant Lewis, Pastor of Trinity Church, Bay City from September 25, 1863 to September, 1865.  The register contains communicants of the church, baptisms and burials performed by Rev. Lewis.  After he resigned the Trinity Church post, he became the pastor for Mariner's Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Grace Protestant Episcopal Church

Evangelical Churches

Zion Evangelical Church

Salem United Evangelical Church - Salem United Evangelical Brethren Church - formed in 1875.

The First Universalist Society

Hebrew Congregations

Anshei Chesed Hebrew Reform Congregation

Shaary Zedek Congregation

Temple Abraham - corner of Tenth and North Van Buren

Temple Israel

Lutheran Churches

Jubel - Buchlein, enthaltenb Geschichte ber Ev.-Luth, St. Johannis-Gemeinde, 22 August 1897
Jubilee celebration of the 25th anniversary of the organization of St. John's Evangelical German Lutheran church.  The church was located on the corner of Alp and Jane streets.  The text includes a history of the church written by it's pastor, the Rev. J. F. Henning.

Messiah Lutheran Church - established in 1885 as the Swedish Free Church.

St. Paul's German Lutheran Church - organized in 1848 by pioneers to the Saginaw valley from Franken, Germany. Rev. Frederick Sievers, pastor.

St. John's German Lutheran Church - Amelith

Bethel German Lutheran Church - organized in 1852 as the German Bethel Lutheran Society of Lower Saginaw

Faith Lutheran

Immanuel Lutheran Church - established in 1852. 10th and Lincoln, Bay City, Michigan

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Trinity St. James German Lutheran Church - Munger

Zion German Lutheran Church

St. Bartholomeus German Lutheran Church

Methodist Churches

Madison Avenue Methodist Church - originally known as the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Bay City, its' first pastor was the Rev. Chas. Babcock in 1837; the church moved to Madison Avenue and Ninth Street in 1885. The original church building was moved to Van Buren and Tenth streets where it was used for the Hebrew Shaary Zedek Congregation.
Obituary of George Bradley - one of the first pastors of the original church.  Missionary to the Indians
Obituary of Sophia Bradley - wife of George Bradley

Van Buren Methodist Church - organized in 1857 by German Methodists who moved to Bay City.

Fremont Avenue Methodist Church

Woodside Avenue Methodist Church

Central Methodist Church

First Methodist Episcopal Church - organized in 1866 as the Wenona Charge; the first pastor was the Rev. A. C. Shaw.

Thoburn Methodist Episcopal Church

Free Methodist Church

Auburn Methodist Episcopal Church

Roman Catholic Churches

St. Stanislawa Kostki Jubilee 1874 - 1925
Scanned images of the Jubilee book.  Information on the parishoners may includes the date of their birth, where they were born and the year of immigration to the US. 

Index to St. Stanislawa Kostki Jubilee

Historya Budowy - St. Stanislaus Church School Donation Record, 1915

          Equivalent Christian or Given Names in English, Polish and German
          Site gives you the translation of the Polish given name in English and German.
          For example, Wladyslawa is commonly Charlotte in English.

St. James Catholic Church - established September 29, 1868 by the Rev. F. Henry J. Schutjes.  At its'
inception the church was primarily serving the Irish population of Bay City.  Teaching nuns were from the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. Original church was destroyed in the south end fire of July 25, 1892.

St. Joseph Catholic Church - off site history of the church by Delores Mailette.  The church is located at 1005 Third Street, Bay City, Michigan.  Founded 1850. 

St. Boniface Church - German

Notre Dame de la Visitation

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sacred Heart Church

Ste. Anne's Church

St. Anthony of Padua  - off site history of the church and the people who founded it. The present church address is 4699 South Eleven Mile Road, Fisherville, Williams Township, Bay County, MI.

St. Hedwig  -  off site history of the church.  Established 1911 as an off shoot of St. Stanislaus Church.  1504 S. Kiesel, Bay City, Michigan.

St. Mary's Church

St. Michael's Church

St. Vincent De Paul Church

First Spiritual Church of Bay City - founded in 1947 by Clara Trombly and friends. 
906 N Chilson, Bay City, Michigan   48706

Presbyterian Churches

First Presbyterian Church, Bay City, 1881 - from the Pioneer Society of Michigan Reports
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND SUNDAY-SCHOOL
[Extracts from a Sermon by Rev. J. Ambrose Wight, D. D., Pastor, May 1, 1881.]  This church was organized in 1855 with the Rev. L. I. Root as pastor. 

Westminster Presbyterian Church - 103 East Midland St., Bay City, Michigan, originally called the First Presbyterian Church of Bangor it was organized in 1863.  The Rev. D. B. Campbell was the first missionary minister to serve the Bangor area.

Memorial Presbyterian Church - 312 Lafayette Street, Bay City, Michigan

Notes from "A Brief History of Memorial Presbyterian Church" Diamond Jubilee booklet dated 1966. Also from "History of Bay County 1901"
 
1871 - Mr. Kimball and Mr. John Bidwell felt they could start a Sunday School. The church was the outgrowth of this mission of the First Presbyterian Church. The first  pastor was Rev. Peter Nicolas 1893 to 1896. He was followed by about 6 pastors. In 1917 Rev. Henry Kreulen - from Holland - age 33, at this time became pastor. He stayed 33 years. Many things were accomplished during his stewardship - purchase of a pipe organ was one. He was succeeded by Henry Fischer, Russsell Snyder, Rev. Etheridge and Winston Thomas. At present (2004) the congregation is quite small.

Covenant Presbyterian Church

Munger Presbyterian Church

German Reformed Church

Swedish Free Mission Church

Seventh Day Adventist

Young Men's Christian Association

Young Women's Christian Association
 

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