o 1921 - A small group of people who were going to Highland Park Baptist (when it was still in Highland Park), but did not have transportation, began a prayer service in a home. Before they knew it, it became a church gathering. Later that year, Carmel Avenue Baptist Church was founded at Woodward Ave. & Carmel Ave., in Detroit, Michigan, with Pastor Jim Patton
o 1951 - The church decided to move out to the current location in Oak Park, Mich. In the meantime, having sold the building where they were meeting, and while the current building was being built, the church met in a theater at 10 Mile, near Scotia.
o 1952 - In the early-Summer, Carmel Avenue Baptist met for the first time in the new building, on Coolidge Hwy, and changed their name to First Baptist Church of Oak Park. Puritan Avenue Baptist, another church in Detroit, was looking to move north, and was checking out the Oak Park area.
o 1957 - Puritan Avenue Baptist found that First Baptist Church was without a pastor, and the two churches merged with Pastor Richards.
o 1961 - Dr. Harold Warren was called to be Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church.
o 1967 - An addition was built, and the former sanctuary became the gymnasium.
o 1970 - Pastor Robert Mignard was called to be Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church.
o 1982 - Pastor Robert Winter, whom was Associate Pastor, became Senior Pastor.
o 1997 - Pastor Robert LaPine was called to First Baptist.
o 2004 - Pastor Jeffrey Wallace was called to First Baptist.
o 2013 - Pastor Robert Reynolds became Co-Pastor. Later that year, a fire started in the original building. Smoke damage and some water damage spread to the newer part. As a result, the whole building went through a remodeling and renovation period.
o 2015 - Pastor Robert C. Reynolds became Senior Pastor.