About Us

New to Heartland?

There are many reasons why you might be looking online for churches but we would like to share with you what we are about so that, you can make an informed decision about us.  We love Jesus and each other.  All that we do reflects what Jesus commands in Mark 12:30-31.  We do our best to love Jesus with everything we’ve got and we try and love each other as we love ourselves.  We also take the great commission very seriously, which leads us to reach out to the lost with the love of Christ.

It takes a lot of work to obey these commands.  So, we are a busy church.  We are constantly on the move doing things to fulfill these commands and we would love to have more believers enter our group and serve with us.  If you’re looking for a place to pour out your life for God, then the First Baptist Church of Belton might be where God wants you.

Choosing a church is difficult.  Our advice is to seek God’s will and figure out what you’re willing to offer God.  If you have a heart full of gratitude to Jesus for what He did for you on the cross and you want to pour out every part of you as an offering to him, we would LOVE for you to join us and help us as WE also, pour out OUR lives for Him.

With love,

The family of the First Baptist Church of Belton

In the spring 1872, a few committed Christians met in the Hawkins School House south of Belton, for the purpose of founding a new Baptist church. There were eight families who united together to build this church. Four of the families had fought with the South during the Civil War. The other four families had fought with the North.

With the help of the Blue River Baptist Association, these families united together to establish a new work that would minister in an area that had been devastated by the Civil War.

The new work, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, flourished and grew, eventually moving to the small village of Belton, and assuming the name: First Baptist Church of Belton. Through the years this church has maintained its Baptist heritage, still operating under the original statement of faith, handwritten in the original church minutes of 1872.

After meeting in the school house for a number of years the church moved to Main Street in Belton. Today, the Bank of Belton occupies what was once the First Baptist Church. In 1972 First Baptist built it’s current location on eleven acres of land. Today, we have a 900+ seat auditorium, a full-size gymnasium with bleachers, a soccer complex, a walking trail, and full-size playground facilities.
In recent years, our church has become a regional church, ministering to the southern metro-plex of Kansas City, and assuming the name Heartland Family Ministries: First Baptist Church of Belton. We invite you to discover the rich heritage of Heartland Family Ministries. Discover how your family can become a part of an historical ministry, making a difference through the power of Jesus Christ for future generations.
In 1891, The Avenue was started as a small Sunday School Mission meeting on the second floor of a building on the corner of Independence and Elmwood Avenue, and was originally known as the Elmwood Baptist Church.   The church, having a rich heritage in the Historic Northeast area,  has changed both name and location several times throughout its history, and is now located on Jackson Avenue, just off of Independence Avenue.


The church, as it exists today, is almost an entirely new church since 2006.  In every way, a new church has been planted within an awesome old building.Though our name and location may have changed over the last 120 years, our commitment to hold fast to the truth of Scripture within this community remains steadfast.
We continue to teach, train, disciple, and equip the church as we strive to take Christ into every part of our community.