Our Story


ENBC Story - over 50 years of serviceIn the 1950's Rev. U. Curry Walton was the pastor of First Baptist Church of Naples, Florida. He and the First Baptist family had a vision of a Baptist Mission in the East Naples area. The men of the church built a 30 x 50 foot building on the corner of Davis Boulevard and Shadowlawn Drive. They called Rev. E.C. Beaird as Pastor on July 1, 1956 and the first worship service was held. By October 21, 1956 the mission was constituted as a church with a charter membership of 41 and named East Naples Baptist Church.

In the early months of 1958 the church voted to purchase three lots south of the present building for future expansion. Our present sanctuary was built on these three lots. By the time Rev. Beaird resigned as Pastor in 1962 the church had grown from 41 to 261. Since that time the church has been led by: Rev. Ledies Bargo, 1963-1970; Rev. Marshall Boroughs, 1970-1979; Rev. Elbert Channell, 1980-1980; Rev. Don Houser, 1980-1986; Rev. Rick Morrell, 1986-1996; Rev. Jeff Fletcher, 1998-2006; and Dr. Phil Simcosky, 2007-present.

East Naples Baptist Church has experienced both the good and the bad. We have had mountaintop highs where the church was healthy, vibrant and growing. There have also been those valley lows we would all love to forget. But that's part of growing. And through it all, we have learned from our failures so we don't repeat them, and to give glory to God for the miracles He has done and continues to perform today.

Today East Naples Baptist Church is climbing up that ministry mountain. We're heading for yet another mountaintop experience praying that it will last for many years.

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