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Who We Are

We are a multigenerational church with a heart for the next generation.

Our Mission

Loving God, loving people, and making disciples of Jesus from all generations.

Our Process

We want all church members to come to worship, grow in small groups, serve from their SHAPE, and go make disciples.#

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Our Values

Our Values

Our values guide our actions and filter our decisions for everything we do and are:

Biblically Faithful

Proclaiming God's Word with integrity, authority, and clarity

Authentically Worshiping

Worshiping God in Spirit and truth, both personally and together

Prayer Dependent

Depending daily on the Spirit for wisdom and strength

Missionally Engaged

Reaching our neighbors and the nations for Jesus

Compassionately Serving

Sharing the gospel as we meet physical and spiritual needs

Family Affirming

Helping families grow strong and helping people find family in Christ

Relationally Centered

Going the extra mile so people know they are loved and that they matter

People Empowering

Helping people know and live out their gifts and strengths on mission

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Our Measures

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Our goal is to have church members who are learning to think, be, and act like Jesus. Jesus' call to discipleship is "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). We first follow Jesus at the head level as we learn and believe truths about Jesus. Through the process of sanctification and the work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus then changes our hearts and values to make us the people He wants us to be. Finally, by the work of our own hands and feet, we join Jesus in His mission to make disciples of all people. These are our measures:

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THINK like Jesus

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BE like Jesus

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ACT like Jesus



Personal God


Identity in Christ

Hopeful patience




Bible study











Spiritual Gifts


Making Disciples







The Gospel

Reaching Others

and the World

Our Beliefs


The Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of the world. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me." John 14:6


Evangelism. We are driven to reach people with the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19


Service. We celebrate the spiritual gifts of every believer and encourage believers to use their spiritual gifts by serving God and His Church for His Glory. "Be doers of the word and not hearers only." James 1:22


Worship. We make private worship and the corporate worship of God a high priority. Jesus said, "You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve." Matthew 4:10b


Discipleship. We hold to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God and use it as the source for educating our church about God and His plans for His church. "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Missions and Ministry. We are committed to missions and ministry as we reach our hurting world. Jesus taught in a parable, "As often as you did it unto the least of these, my brothers, you did it unto me." Matthew 25:40

To learn more about our beliefs, keep reading this site or check out our partner's pages (keep scrolling).

Our Staff

David Lambert, Lead Pastor

Dr. David Lambert

Lead Pastor

Matt Ward, Associate Pastor

Dr. Matthew Ward

Associate Pastor

Be Tarer, Youth and Family Pastor

Ben Tarver

Youth and Family Pastor

Leonard Dupree, Pastor Emeritus

Dr. Leonard Dupree

Pastor Emeritus

Kathy Hendrix, Ministry Assistant

Kathy Hendrix

Ministry Assistant

Sharon Pirkle, Minitry Assistant

Sharon Pirkle

Ministry Assistant, Finances

We are searching for a ministry assistant/communications lead. Please contact the church office if you want to learn more or apply!

Ministry Assistant, Pastor

Danielle Bentley

Nursery Coordinator

Kaylyn Earl

Preschool Director

David Harbeson, Facility Manager

David Harbeson

Facility Manager


Robin Johnson

Choir Coordinator

Cookie Cob, Custodian

Cookie Cobb


Daniel Montogmery


Our Partners and Relationships


First Baptist Church is an autonomous church, and we have chosen to partner with


Here are some of the ministries we partner with and support

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