The area around Bridge Street and Chapel Street is mostly mills and housing for the mill workers. A member of the Eliot Church in Newton Corner proposes starting religious services for the mill workers.

Summer, 1860

Leaders from the Eliot Church conduct outdoor services for a few months. 

June 2, 1861

A young Irish pastor, Samuel E. Lowry, officiates the first Sunday School service near the mills with 17 people in attendance. 

July 20, 1862

The community dedicates a new one-room chapel built on land donated by mill-owner Thomas Dalby on what is now Chapel Street.

July 11, 1866

Local leaders officially establish the North Evangelical Church and establish Samuel E. Lowry as pastor the following winter. 

June 29, 1872

A fire destroys the original chapel. 

October 16, 1873

The congregation dedicates the new building designed by Boston architect Charles Edward Parker. 

Memorial Plaque in Sanctuary


During the next several decades, God's work continued under the leadership of faithful men. 


One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
Psalm 145:4

Early 1950s

Dr. John S. Viall begins Evangelical Baptist Church in Cambridge. 


Evangelical Baptist Church relocates to Newton and begins meeting at 23 Chapel Street. 

December 4, 2005

Evangelical Baptist Church welcomes Colin Landry as pastor. He and his family moved to Newton with the support of many churches and individuals. 

January 29, 2006

The International Baptist Church of Boston, meeting at Snowden International High School on Newbury Street in Boston, decides to merge their congregation with the members of Evangelical Baptist Church. 

NOVEMBER 15, 2015

Evangelical Baptist Church celebrates Colin Landry's 10 years of ministry in Newton. 


By God's grace, Evangelical Baptist Church continues learning and living the Word on Chapel Street.