In November of 1981, Pastor Wright led the congregation into the fourth building to be occupied as the Lord's House by the disciples at First Baptist Church of Guilford. During the years that followed, as Columbia and Howard County continued to grow, so did the congregation of First Baptist. The former church building was converted into the an educational facility and renamed the "Dora Mack Carter Christian Center" in honor of Sister Carter, the first mother of the church and a long-time leader in the Sunday School.
During the 1980's and 1990's, First Baptist maintained its role of leadership in the community. Food and clothing banks were established and a transportation ministry was begun bring people to services. By the mid 1980s, it became necessary to hold two services each Sunday morning to accommodate the growing congregation. Services were held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. And on Resurrection Sundays, a third morning service at 6 a.m. was added.