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History of The Old Mystic Baptist Church

Our History

The Old Mystic Baptist Church had its beginning in 1704, when “six brethren and six sisters” of New London, residing on the east side of the Thames River, petitioned the General Court for permission to meet as a dissenting congregation. The believers sent a request to Mr. Valentine Wightman, a young Baptist minister in Rhode Island, to become their pastor. It is not clear whether or not the approval of the courts was received, but Valentine Wightman did accept the call and the Church was founded in 1705. The Church was first known as the First Church of Groton. It is the oldest Baptist Church Congregation in Connecticut.

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