The FIRST Music Ministry is an important part of worship at First Baptist Columbia. Under the direction of Rev. Steve Phillips, Minister of Music, the various choirs and the orchestra seek to glorify God, encourage the Body of Christ and magnify the message of salvation through music and song. First music offers opportunities for all age groups from preschoolers to senior adults. Whether you sing or play an instrument, we invite you to use your gifts for God’s glory and your pleasure!

For further information, call the music office at 803-343-8550 or email

Student Ministries Choirs

Students in grades 6-8 should check out the Middle School Choir! This group sings in worship services and special events inside and outside the church, and this year will be featured in a major production. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons at 4:45 PM in the Third Floor Sanctuary. The Middle School choir is led by Keith Watson, Associate Minister of Music, Christian Music Educator, and father of a middle-schooler!

The High School choir meets for rehearsals in the Choir Room on Sundays at 4:45 PM during the school year.  They sing for worship services as well as other ministries in our area. The High School choir is led by Rev. Steve Phillips.

First Baptist Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir is a group of 250 singers from all walks of life who join together for the purpose of giving glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Led by Rev. Steve Phillips, the choir sings regularly for Sunday morning services as well as special Sunday evening services.

In addition to Sunday mornings, the Sanctuary Choir sings in several special productions throughout the year including the Carolina Celebration of Liberty and the Columbia Christmas Pageant. The Sanctuary Choir has had the privilege to sing with Christian songwriters, Keith and Kristy Getty and on several occasions with the Billy Graham Team consisting of Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, and John Innes.

People from all backgrounds and abilities are invited to join the Sanctuary Choir. From the first time you attend a rehearsal, you will feel like you are among family.

Weekly rehearsals for the Sanctuary Choir are held every Wednesday night in the choir room from 6:45 – 8:00 PM.


The Senior Adult Choir stays on the road! This group of seniors ministers in 8 to 10 senior adult facilities each semester and eats great food along the way. Singing ability is not a requirement to join in the fun! The Senior Adult Choir meets Tuesday mornings at 10:00 AM in the choir room, and is led by Keith Watson, who likes to eat and is well on his way to becoming a senior adult.


The Handbell Choir provides instrumental music for worship services and special events in the church and Columbia community. The director, Betty Myers, welcomes new ringers who have a basic ability to read music—with or without handbell experience. The Handbell Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings from 5:50 to 6:35 PM.

Children’s Choirs
What do we do in children’s choirs? We sing! We dance! We play instruments! We hide the truths of God in the hearts of children through music and fun. Choirs sing in worship services and special events–including an annual full-scale musical production.

The Children’s Choirs of First Baptist Church are the foundation of a strong worship and music ministry. Our focus is to use music and creative arts to lead children to experience God and to help them grow in their relationship with Him.

Children’s choirs are led by volunteers under the direction of Keith Watson, a Christian music educator who has led children’s choir leadership conferences for numerous state conventions, associations, school districts, and churches. In addition, he has written children’s choir materials for publications produced by LifeWay and Growing in Grace.

Choirs are offered for children from age 3 through 5th grade on Wednesday nights from 6:00 – 6:40 PM from August through April. Parents can register their children by calling 803-343-8550 or through the online form below.

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The Orchestra plays for Sunday morning worship services as well as for special events such as the Columbia Christmas Pageant and the Carolina Celebration of Liberty. Also each summer, the Orchestra plays in a special concert featuring the Orchestra’s favorite songs. The Orchestra, led by Rev. Steve Phillips, rehearses on Wednesday nights at 6:00 in the choir room.

The Power of the Cross CD

The “Power of the Cross” CD is a 15 song CD features First Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra performing songs such as Our God, Yahweh, The Power of the Cross and more.  The album is also available on iTunes:
CD’s are $10 and are available in Higher Grounds or by calling 343-8550. Credit/Debit cards are accepted.

2016 Calendar


Sunday, March 20th
Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 27th
Easter Worship Service – at First Baptist

Sunday, April 10th
A Night of Joy with First Baptist and Brookland Baptist located at Spirit Communications Park

Sunday, June 26th
The 29th Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty

Sunday, August 7th
A Special Evening at Millbrook Baptist in Aiken, SC with our choir and orchestra.

Friday, August 12th
Choir, Orchestra, Media Banquet

Sunday, August 14th
Celebrating the Estep’s 30th Anniversary at First Baptist Church. The evening will feature Millbrook, our choir, and our orchestra.

December 9-11th
The 29th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant
Of course, our greatest opportunity and responsibility is to lead in our Sunday worship servcies!


Save the Dates!


The 29th Annual Celebration of Liberty – Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 4 PM & 7:30 PM
The Carolina Celebration of Liberty is a flag waving celebration of our freedom and those who have sacrificed to preserve and protect it. With a cast of 400, thousands of flags, and indoor fireworks your whole family will be thrilled with this wonderful presentation!

28th Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty
To order a DVD – call 803.343.8558

Ticket office will open to distribute FREE tickets on Tuesday, May 31 at 9 AM

Watch a Preview Here!


The 29th Annual Columbia Christmas Pageant – December 9 –  11, 2016

Watch a Preview Here!