Community + Compassion + Service
Jesus calls us to love our neighbors. Paul underlined this teaching for the early church saying, ‘The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.’ Our hearts break when our neighbors hurt and grieve or struggle with sin. We look to share God’s love with them by missional living ‘here’ and ‘there.’
Even as Jesus came not to be served but to serve, so each First Baptist Church member finds a place to give themselves in service to the Lord and our neighbors. Visit our Ministries page to learn more.
Local Missions include cooperation with the Greater Cleveland County Baptist Association (GCCBA) in the Feed the Hungry Body and Soul Soup Kitchen Fridays, Baptist Counseling Center Tuesdays/Thursdays, Jail Ministry Sunday rotation, and October’s Greatest Treat Festival. We also offer free English as Second Language classes on Mondays, partner with the NE Shelby ministries of CBF missionary Cecelia Beck, as well as partner with the Men’s and Women’s shelters of the Cleveland County Rescue Mission and the Abuse Prevention Council among others!
International and North American Missions include cooperative giving and going with the North Carolina State Baptist Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
International mission trips since 2001 to Mexico, Germany, Trinidad, Canada, Nicaragua, Cuba, Belize, Malawi, Macedonia, and Brazil.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-1, NIV
“To the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:” 1:2, NIV Each church is to be “holy” (set apart as servants of Jesus), “faithful” (to the direction of Jesus), “called out” of the world and into Jesus’ Lordship!
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10, NIV
“When you are going (OR As you go) make disciples of all peoples.” Matt. 28:19, TTV
“…make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matt. 28:19-20, NIV
“Jesus said, ‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.’ John 16:12, NIV
“We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
Tony has served our church since 1998 coming to us as a missionary with the International Mission Board and serving as Minister of Education and Missions from 1998-2000. From November of 2000 through September 2018, he has served as our Pastor. Beginning on October 1, Tony begins a new ministry role in the life of our church.
Carol Ann has served our church since 1998. She is an MDiv graduate of the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University and is committed to walking with young people to introduce them to Jesus.
Missy has been serving our church since January 2016 and is sharing with us a wealth of children and family ministry experience coupled with a great passion for sharing Jesus with children in ways they can understand and come to know him.
Dr. Canoy is the Dean of the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University and was our Pastor here at First Baptist Church from 1997-2000.
Dr. Etter serves as the Music Chair & Professor the School of Performing & Visual Art Music Dept at Gardner-Webb University. He has been serving our church since October 1, 2017.
Sunday Service Times
9:30 a.m.– Morning Worship in the Sanctuary
10:45 a.m. – Sunday School for all ages
5:30 p.m. – Fellowship Supper
6:00 p.m. – Children and Youth Ministries
6:15 p.m. – Prayer Time and Sanctuary Handbells
7:15 p.m. – Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal