About Us

First Baptist Church is a diverse body of believers, committed to following God’s call and sharing the love that we have received through Jesus Christ.  We come from a variety of backgrounds and social settings, but we find our joy and unity together in celebrating the love of Jesus.  We are privileged to be able to serve the Lima area, and we are always delighted to have new people join us for worship or Bible study.

The mission of First Baptist is to promote the Kingdom of God according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  We carry out this mission through faithful and engaging worship services, providing opportunities for personal growth through classes and Bible study, creating a safe and nurturing environment for fellowship, and reaching out to the world around us through service projects and mission opportunities.

We are a part of the American Baptist Churches, USA.  We believe in the centrality of the Bible in guiding daily living, we believe in personal confession of faith expressed through believer’s baptism and open communion, and we believe in the autonomy of the local church and the importance of the church to reach out in mission to its community and to the world.

We worship every Sunday morning at 10:30 am, with Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 am. Services last about 1 hour.  We have a staffed nursery every week.  We also have weekly Bible study on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm for adults, and Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm for middle school and senior high students.  Guests are always welcome to come!

First Baptist receives people into membership through letters of transfer from other Christian churches, Christian experience, or personal confession of faith and believer’s baptism.  If you are interested in joining our family of faith, please call the office.

At First Baptist, we worship God with a blended format, using older hymns alongside newer contemporary praise songs. 

We celebrate the Lord”s Supper on the first Sunday of each month.  We have an “Open Communion” policy, which means that you do not need to be a member of the congregation or from a Baptist church to take communion here.

 All ages are welcome to come and join us.  We have a staffed nursery, and a children’s worship time is available following the children’s sermon each week.  We also have an FM transmitter for those who are hearing impaired.