At the request of a few Baptist minded people of Genoa, The First Baptist Church of Sycamore and the South Baptist Church of Belvidere cooperated in establishing a Baptist Church in Genoa. After a survey of the community the first services were held in a local restaurant building in the fall of 1954. Rev. Rex Talmage of Belvidere and Rev. Frank Carter of Sycamore conducted the first Sunday school and worship services with about fifteen present.
First Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church in Genoa, Illinois. The pastor is Edward Hathcoat.