The First Baptist Church of Melrose was organized on January 1, 1896, about three months after the formation of the First Baptist Society of Melrose. This was six years after the little community of North Malden had separated from the mother town and had assumed its present name. The membership consisted of thirteen members of Baptist Churches and eight Protestant Methodists. A church property, consisting of a large lot of land at the corner of Main and Upham Streets, and a wooden chapel erected thereon in 1843, were transferred to the society by the Protestant Methodist Church, together with a heavy mortgage debt.
The first pastor, Rev. T. C. Jameson, remained until November, 1858, adding about one hundred to the membership. Rev. James Cooper, Rev. Lewis Colby, and Rev. William S. Barnes were the next pastors of the little organization. Following the brief pastorate of Rev. James J. Peck there came, in 1871, the beloved Rev. Almond Barrelle. During his pastorate the little wooden structure was sold to the Catholic Church and moved to Dell Avenue. In its place was erected, in 1874, the red brick chapel which for many years stood on the corner. After four years of significant service, Mr. Barrelle was succeeded by Rev. N. B. Thompson, who served from October 1875 to November 1876.