Columbia Street Baptist Church

Our Beliefs


Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior


Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name (Jesus) under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.


The Bible is the divinely inspired word of God that serves as the final written authority for living out the Christian faith.


We hold to two ordinances of the church, established by Jesus and the Apostles-Believers’ Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Our Calling

We are called by God, through Jesus Christ, to be a community of faith empowered by the Holy Spirit to live as witnesses and agents of God’s love and justice in the church and in the world.

Religious Freedom

We support religious freedom and respect the expressions of faith by others.


We are a people of prayer, purpose and passion.


We believe that committed individual Christians can and should approach God directly, and that our individual gifts of ministry should be shared with others.

The Great Commission

We take to heart the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19—-the call to evangelism: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you”.

Our Facilities

View from Main Street
View from Main Street
Church Front
Fellowship Room
Fellowship Place
Foyer Windows
1800's Foyer Windows
The Sanctuary
View from the pulpit
View from the Pulpit
Church Vestry
 City Parking next door 
City Parking Next Door
 Our Front Window on the Street 
Street Display
Balcony Window
Balcony Window
Elevator to all floors
Elevator to all floors
Our Kitchen
Church Library
Our Gym
Climbing Wall
Climbing Wall
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In May 1845 a few young people from the First Baptist Church of Bangor opened a mission in Grey's Hall (known as "Old Bethel") on Broad Street to minister to the "destitute" and "tough" waterfront area of Bangor, then known as "the largest lumber-shipping port in the world." A description of Old Bethel reads: "The 8 years during which this church worshiped in the bare old hall, with its straight backed, unpainted wooden benches, its uncarpeted floors, and whale-oil lamps, were most fruitful in good results." On September 12, 1845 the mission was organized as a church, with 27 members. Rev. Charles G. Porter of Frankfort was the first pastor. By 1846 Mrs. Porter wrote to her mother: "It will rejoice you to hear of our prosperity -- we have a congregation of 200 to 300." It was time to look for a new building. On June 15, 1854 the public dedication of "the new and spacious sanctuary" known as the "Free House" on Columbia Street took place. In large letters on the front of the building the words "FREE HOUSE" assured that all seats were free -- no rental charges would be made.


Over the years the church edifice and worship facilities have been renovated and improved by special gifts and the faithful stewardship of the church family. Some of the changes are included here. The steep steps of the original building were removed, the front redesigned, and two towers and stained glass windows added in 1902.



In 1928 the Estey pipe organ was given, and the gift of a new baptistry graced the front of the sanctuary. The beautiful painting in the baptistry came later as a memorial gift. More recent gifts and improvements include organ chimes, a bell carillon, and a set of hand bells. A sound system, hearing assisted devices, and memorial hymnbooks also enhance our worship. In 1955-56 the addition of two wings enlarged our space, and in 1962 the purchase and renovation of the Nissen building next door gave us an education building housing classrooms, nursery, staff offices, and a large gymnasium.

Service Times Summer (May 26 through Aug 25)

Sunday: 9:00

Our Sunday service begins in the Sanctuary at 9:00. All are welcome to join in worship and praise to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday: 10:15

Join us for Small Group Bible Study at 10:15.

Sunday: 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Every Sunday at noon we serve a free Community meal to all who want to join.

Wednesday 6 to 7 PM

Join us for a time of prayer and sharing.


The gift of an elevator is greatly appreciated by those for whom stairs are difficult. An excellent, well-used library nurtures our minds, and a modern kitchen serves for fellowship meals and social times. The kitchen is also home to our Sunday Dinner, which is served free of charge to all who are hungry every Sunday from 12 to 1. This ministry for those in need was started by church members in 2009, and is supported by other local churches who serve from our facility. The church offices were relocated in late 2009 to make way for a beautiful, bright, and sunny facility to cater to the needs of our church's youngest worshipers. The Childrens' Center was officially "open for business" in September, 2010. We renovated the church gym in 2013-2014, adding a Climbing Wall and a new gym floor. This was followed in 2015-2016 by a major renovation of the downstairs portion of the church's building at 45 Columbia Street, which was then leased to the Columbia Street Project, a 501(c)3 faith-based non-profit organization founded by CSBC for the purpose of reaching out to those reentering the community from incarceration.