First Baptist Church Savannah has a long and distinguished tradition of music, with church records showing that music has been an integral part of corporate worship since the church’s founding. The first vocal choir of the church was the Motet Choir, a quartet of paid singers, as was customary in the late 1800’s. Under the leadership of Dwight Bruce (Music Minister from 1929-1968), the Motet Choir developed into the volunteer choir program we know today. Under the leadership of James Richardson, (Associate Minister from 1971-2012) the Music Ministry continued to grow and expand, adding a graded children’s choir program and a handbell choir. Through the years, the Music Ministry has collaborated with other church choirs and arts organizations in the city, hosted national church music conferences, and toured both stateside and abroad.  

Building on the strong tradition of sacred music in this place, we strive to offer praise to God and to encourage others through the following ensembles. Being involved in a choir is an excellent way to share your musical gifts and to connect with others in the church. Opportunities for soloists and instrumentalists are also available. For more information about our Music Ministry, please contact Justin L. Addington at  

First Baptist Church Adult Choir

The Adult Choir is the Music Ministry’s premiere ensemble. With an average of 25 members, this group sings weekly at the church’s 11:00 am Sunday service and at other special services throughout the year. The Adult Choir sings a wide variety of music, including masterworks, hymn arrangements, spirituals, and contemporary settings. This ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Choir Room and on Sundays at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary. There is no audition for the Adult Choir – membership is open to anyone high school age and up. For those who cannot commit to singing with the choir on a regular basis, watch the church newsletter for information about combined choirs for special events, as well as pick-up choirs during the summer. 

First Baptist Church Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir provides a creative outlet for those who enjoy music but do not wish to sing. Ringing on 4 and ½ octaves of Schulmerich English Handbells and three octaves of Malmark Handchimes, this group rings in worship about once a month during the school year and at other special concerts and programs. The Handbell Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm in room 305 of the Education Building. While previous experience ringing bells is not a prerequisite to be a part of this group, the ability to read music is important. 

Ensemble in Residence – Savannah Children’s Choir 

First Baptist Church is honored to serve as the host venue for the renowned Savannah Children’s Choir. The group rehearses at the church on Mondays at 5:00 pm during the school year and performs periodically in worship. To learn more about the Savannah Children’s Choir or to inquire about membership for your child, please visit their website at