First State Baptist Church – Wilmington, Delaware

March 26-30 Pastor Sam Knickerbocker

Reproducing church/pastor (Capital Baptist Church, Dover, DE – Pastor Terri Moore)

Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware, United States, built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

As of the 2015 United States Census estimate, the population of the city is 71,958, reflecting an increase of 1.5% from the 2010 Census. The Delaware Valley metropolitan area, which includes the cities of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey, had a 2015 population of 6,069,875, and a combined statistical area of 7,183,479.


What a great first meeting for First State Baptist Church in Wilmington, DE! There were seventy-five in attendance with twenty visiting from the area. Pastor Terri Moore and several members from Capitol Baptist Church in Dover, DE traveled up to serve during the service. Capitol Baptist has put so much effort into this new plant and is a great example of how to “reproduce” a new church. Pray for continued fruit, power, and protection for this baby church and the Get Acquainted Meetings that will continue each night through Thursday.

Pastor Sam Knickerbocker, the New Pastor.

Pastor Terri Moore opened the service in prayer.


There were fifty-two in attendance with seven from the community during the second night of opening meetings for First State Baptist. Pastor Steve Rogers from Grace Baptist Church in Oxford, PA brought several members to help with the ushering, nursery, and refreshments. The cooperation of other churches is a great encouragement and will help give credibility to the new church and pastor. Continue to pray for the remaining three nights and that the Lord will build His church in Wilmington!

Pastor Sam Knickerbocker and family.Preachers who attended the second night.

Special music from some of the teens of
Grace Baptist Church.


Four supporting churches were represented during the third opening meeting for First State Baptist Church. Members from Capitol Baptist once again attended to show support, Pastor Chris Starr brought several members from Mt Zion Baptist in Brogue, PA,Pastor Scott Thomas of Faith Baptist traveled all the way from Kilgore, TX, and Andy Almanza from Bible Baptist in Leola, PA, drove down to assist with the service. The cooperative effort from other pastors and churches has been an encouragement. There were forty-eight in attendance with seven from the community. Pray for the remaining two nights as we seek the Lord and his hand upon this new baby church.

Preachers who attended the third night.

Refreshments each night during the fellowship time.

The youth choir from Mt. Zion Baptist Church.


The Lord has blessed each of the the opening meetings this week for First State Baptist Church. On the fourth night there were sixty-two in attendance with eight from the community including one more first-time guest. The guests have mentioned that they have appreciated the services and that this new church is an answer to prayer. Many have made decisions this week and it is obvious that the Lord is building a solid foundation for this church. Capitol Baptist Church has been such a blessing and has sent several members each night to serve and show support. Pray for the fifth and final night as Pastor Knickerbocker preaches and shares how God has given him a burden and a vision for First State Baptist Church in Wilmington.

The youth choir from Capitol Baptist Church.

The special music this week has been Christ-honoring and a great example of the direction of the new church.


Pastor Knickerbocker preached with passion as he shared his burden for the new church and proclaimed that “First State Baptist Church should be known as a church that preaches the truth”. There were seventy-two in attendance with fourteen from the community including two more first-time guests. Pastor Jake Reid traveled up from Easton, MD to show support. BCPM helped Easton Baptist start two years ago with Capitol Baptist being the reproducing church. The Lord has blessed this week of meetings and is obviously building His church. Pray now for the first Sunday services and that God’s hand will continue to prosper First State Baptist Church.

Pastor Sam Knickerbocker preaches during the final night.

Pastor Terri Moore opens the service in prayer.

Much prayer has gone into the birth of the new church.

Pastor Moore and Knickerbocker hold the
 birth certificate for the new church.
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