Established in March 1896 by 14 Swedish members, this congregation initally met in a frame building at 229 East Hennepin Avenue. In 1903 the congregation moved to a brick building at 310 East Hennepin, moving again to 400 East Hennepin, and in Fall 1913 to 616 East 15th Street. A series of mediums, all registered with the local Registrar of Deeds office, led the congregation and had the authority to baptize, marry, and bury members. Meetings were held in Swedish until 1898 when English was used. Membership in 1936 was reported by the congregation to be 100 members.
Swedish immigrants to the region began organizing Baptist churches as early as 1853 (in Houston County), 1855 (in Scandia), and 1856 (in Chisago Lakes). In Minneapolis, the early Swedish Baptists established themselves by 1866, but moved several times in their early years. By 1866, a group of Swedes was worshipping at First Baptist Church in Minneapolis at Fifth and Hennepin in Minneapolis. They organized a Bible studies meeting held in the home of F. W. Malmson, located on 2nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave. South, and In prayer meetings held in the homes of J. L.
Prior to the organization of this congregation in 1873, a group of Swedish immigrants held meetings in the Y.M.C.A., in a Baptist church (probably First Baptist), and in the home of a member, O.S. Lindberg, a carpenter. With the arrival of the Reverend John Ongman, the congregation was established on May 18, 1873. Meeting were held in the "American Baptist Church" (i.e. First Baptist), and later in a third-floor hall in a building at 7th and Wacouta Streets.
This project documents the congregations and houses of worship that developed within the earliest neighborhoods in Twin Cities between 1849 and 1924.. Among the topics explored are communities, ethnicity and identity, relationships among congregations, intra-congregational interactions, class structure, and the role of houses of worship.