We are a Southern Baptist church, with three back-to-back services on Sunday morning, on opposite ends of the campus.
- The Traditional/Blended Service takes place at 9 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Many people wear dress clothes or business casual. Our Lead Pastor, Jonathan Goodman, brings the message and music is a mix of hymns and older praise choruses.
- The Contemporary Service takes place in the Large Fellowship Hall at 10 and 11:11am. Dress tends to be casual, but some wear more formal clothing. A worship band (guitars, drums, praise team, etc.) leads music and our Lead Pastor, Jonathan Goodman, brings the message. Music is a mix of some modern worship songs as well as hymns.
- Children's Church (kindergarten through 3rd grade), Preschool Church, and Nursery are available during the 10 and 11:11 hours.
There are three separate hours for Sunday school.
- 9am Adult Sunday school
- 10am Children, youth, and adult Sunday school
- 11:11am Children, youth, and adult Sunday school
The Greeters Ministry will be glad to answer any questions you might have, and take you to any classes you are looking for. They will have a handout to help you know what is available, and if you would like to have a digital copy of that handout, you can click here.
At First Baptist we have a heart for teaching kids of all ages about Jesus. We don't just provide childcare, we want to use our time with children to aid parents in teaching the truths of the faith in a fun and engaging environment.
All of our leaders are background checked, and parents check-in their children using our system, to help ensure a safe environment for your children. For more information about children's ministry, click here.
The best place to enter when visiting for the first time is the Greeter table inside the glass doors at the far right of the church (when you are looking at it from the parking lot). Be sure to park near the building in one of our "Visitor" parking spaces. Once inside, our greeters will be happy to answer any questions and walk you where you need to go if needed. We also would like to give you a free gift.
- What kind of Baptist church are you?
We are a Southern Baptist church, which means that we are part of a convention of Baptist churches that spreads across the globe (even though the historic name sounds like we are only located in the southern United States). Southern Baptist churches partner together with each other in similar views of doctrine, theology, and church practice and are able to do more collectively than they can do on their own. Southern Baptists train and fund missionaries through their agencies, support schools, seminaries, children's homes, disaster relief, and many other efforts.
- Do you use the King James Bible?
While we have members who use the King James Bible for their personal use, we do not use the King James in our literature, ministry, or preaching/teaching. Almost everything used at our church in literature, teaching, and preaching comes from the New American Standard (NASB), English Standard Version (ESV), or Holman Christian Standard (HCSB) translation of the Bible.
- Do you believe the Bible is God's word?
Yes, we as Southern Baptists believe that the Bible, as recorded in the original manuscripts written by prophets, saints, and apostles is infallible, inerrant, and inspired by God. It speaks with authority and is the only divine source of authority for the life of a believer. While God has called believers into the body of the local church, no believer, teacher, elder, or pastor carries divine authority. Only God's word as revealed in the Bible.
- How do I join your church?
Anyone who has placed faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and has come to Him in faith (believing and trusting what He has done for them in paying for their debt on the cross, and rising again on the 3rd day, defeating death, hell, and Satan forever) and repentance (a turning away from yourself, a changing of mindsets and heart from one that hates and runs from God to a heart and mindset that instead runs to Him for relationship, forgiveness, and authority in our lives) may join our church upon being baptized by immersion (being dunked underwater completely). If someone has been saved (placed faith and repentance in Christ) but not been baptized, they may join following baptism. If someone is a member of another Baptist church, having already been saved and baptized, they may join by letter from that church.
- Why do you have two different worship services?
Several years ago (2004) we as a church felt led to see how we could reach a more diverse group of people on Sunday mornings, and ultimately lead more people to a saving faith with Jesus or a closer walk with Him. We knew we could fit more people into our campus on Sunday morning if we used both large meeting areas, and potentially reach more young families with a contemporary service. Ultimately, our goal is not about musical preference, worship attire, or any other divisive element, but instead reaching as many people as we can through a diversified approach. We believe this has allowed us to minister more effectively, and we are thankful for how God has used this model to reach more people.