“Ministry teams are the method through which the work of the church is accomplished. They focus the talents and energy of our members and friends and allow them to do God’s work in the church, the community and the world. Ministry team work allows each individual the opportunity to participate actively and effectively in the life of the church. Only through such participation can we make Christ known to a lost and hurting world. The time and energy you put into your work on the ministry team will have a great influence on the direction First Baptist takes. Thank you for your commitment to God’s work through First Baptist Church West College Hill.”
Pastor Charles L. King, Jr.
This ministry sets up equipment as well as operates the church sound systems during regular services, special events (revivals, weddings, concerts and other programs). They record and maintain an audio library of worship services and programs on tape and CD and are available for order. Contact: Bro. Charles King, Sr.
Christian Education Ministry
The Christian Education Ministry includes all possible areas, including Sunday School, Bible Study with our Pastor and Ecclesiastical staff, Children’s Church, Youth & Young Adult Class,Vacation Bible School, New Member Class, mission organizations, mission leadership, discipleship and stewardship education, and family life programs. These ministries are training grounds for people where we assist them in discovering biblical principles and life applications from the Word of God for the purpose of spiritual growth and transforming lives.
Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Contact: Min. Edward Breckenridge, Superintendent
We have two Bible Study sessions – Our Monday session that was at 7:30 p.m. at the church culminated on 1/29/18. Effective 2/7/18, this Bible Study class was moved to Wednesdays, in combination with Prayer Service that begins at 7 p.m. at the church. Bible Study is immediately following prayer around 8 p.m. Our other Bible Study session is on Thursdays at 10 a.m. with Min. Henry Rhodes at West College Hill Neighborhood Services Center (WCHNSC), 2062 W Northbend Rd. Contacts: Pastor King and Min. Henry Rhodes
Children’s Church is for children ages 4-12 and occurs every Sunday except for 5th Sunday during morning service. Upon arrival, parents may drop their children off downstairs in the Fellowship Hall before entering service. Parents are asked to sign their children in and pick them up before the Altar Call portion of the service or immediately after service. Contacts: Min. Angelo & Sis. Teshani Keeling, Co-coordinators
Youth & Young Adult class is for ages 13 – young adult and occurs every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sunday. This class is also downstairs in the Fellowship Hall, and starts immediately after the choir selection(s), just before the Message. Contact: Sis. Felicia Bell
Vacation Bible School is a week-long educational outreach effort that occurs during the summer, usually around Independence Day (4th of July holiday). Contact: Sis. Teshani Keeling, Director
Creative Arts Ministry/PRAISE-N-MOTION “Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with the dance;” (Ps. 149:1-3)
The Creative Arts ministry came forth as an answer to the call within the body into a state of spiritual awakening creating a break in the cycle of complacency into deeper maturity, stability and fruitfulness. They are a ministry within the Music ministry that as a department exists first and foremost to bring honor and glory to our Beloved King, second to bring encouragement, healing and direction within the Body of Christ and lastly to declare the saving message of Jesus to those who are without hope. Contact: Sis. Janel Harris
The vision of the Deacon Board is to see each man/woman/boy/girl further their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ and become the person of integrity that God created them to be. They are dedicated to building a great church by forming a nucleus around the Pastor and Associate Ministers, and aiding in meeting the operational demands of the church and the spiritual needs of the people. Contact: Dea. Edward Clark, Chair
The goal of this ministry is the seeking of lost souls for Jesus to save. The Evangelism Ministry is comprised of various groups of born-again members who recruit and develop teams (Prison Ministry Team, etc.) that allow the Word of God to be distributed to the lost, to witness and win souls for Christ. They meet with individuals to share the plan of salvation, pray with them, and provide encouragement. Contacts: Dea. Melvin Farrish, Prison Ministry Team Leader and Sis. Mary Wallace, Nursing Home Chair
General Mission Ministry
The General Mission Ministry is comprised of various groups of born-again members who recruit and develop teams (Missionary Society, Benevolent Committee, Kitchen Committee, etc.) whose general duties include witnessing to others and providing spiritual, emotional and financial assistance to those who are ill, bereaved or needy. The purpose of this ministry is to carry God’s Word to the sick and shut-ins in their homes, convalescent homes and hospitals. They also feed the hungry, give love offerings, and make donations for special circumstances and needs. Contacts: Sis. Mary Gordon, Missionary Society; Dea. Ausbra McFarland, Benevolent Committee Chair; and Sis. Betty Mays, Kitchen Committee Chair
This ministry is comprised of various groups of born-again members (Men & Women’s Day Committee, The Five Sisters, etc.) whose purpose is to provide a welcoming atmosphere to all who come to our church, as well as to create Christian Fellowship in a positive social atmosphere with our church family, community neighbors, family & friends through various church and other special events. “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6) Contacts: Bro. Charles Bell & Sis. Pat Hawkins, Men & Women’s Day Committee Co-Chairs; and Sis. Wilma Burton, Five Sisters Chair
Intercessory Prayer Ministry
Our mission is to stand in the gap and make up the hedge for our churches, communities and nation that the Kingdom of God will be manifest in lives of every believer and lost souls be saved.
Method Seek God in Prayer – communing with God – Partnering with Our Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. Genesis 4:26 … then began men to call upon the name of the Lord Psalms 27:8 When thou sadist, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord will I seek. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things will be added unto you. Stand in the Gap – Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. I Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord. Confess our Faults – James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Ministers’ & Deacons’ Wives
Ministers’ & Deacons’ wives are essential partners in the leadership of the church. They are a group of multi-talented and gifted women that God has chosen to be precious helpmates to their husbands, and has called out to serve Him. One of the primary purposes of the Ministers’ & Deacons’ Wives Ministry is to be servants of God, by assisting in the preparation of Holy Communion, and preparing candidates for baptism. They also are actively involved and assimilated throughout the various ministries and special events within the church. Contact: Lady Angela King, Chair
Music Ministry Department
The Music Ministry is dedicated to leading the believer and unbeliever into God centered Praise and Worship. They are committed to promoting unity in the Spirit, where our focus is not on ourselves, but on Him. Ushering in His presence, where His power is released on His people, inspiring them to discipleship, evangelism, ministry and most of all an intimate relationship with Christ. They diligently support all church activities and functions, including accompanying the pastor on visits to other churches. There are various voices/vessels through whom the Father’s love is clearly reflected, and all are always welcome to become a part of the Music Ministry.
The Music Ministry consists of The Gospel Voices of Faith Mass Choir. They rehearse on Tuesdays at the church at 7:30 p.m. and are under the direction of Bro. Ryan Luckie, Minister of Music. Contact: Sis. Joyce Cargile, Chair
The Nominating Committee is responsible for recommending to the governing body a slate of candidates to fill specific volunteer position. They work to develop, modify and maintain position descriptions and responsibilities of various church positions, as well as be familiar with church members, their experiences and abilities. To develop and modify position descriptions, the Nominating Committee will determine the method of obtaining job information for the position, collect the data to study and evaluate, maintain written records of proceedings, and prepare reports for the governing body. Contact: Sis. Pearl Tooson, Chair
Nurses Guild & Health & Wellness Ministry
“Or do you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and not your own.” (1. Cor. 6:19-NIV)
The Nurses Guild and Health & Wellness Ministry help with the needs of the Pastor and congregation. The nurses are available to assist with first aid emergencies that occur in service. They also work in conjunction with the Health & Wellness Ministry to educate the church family in health related issues with information regarding the prevention of illness and diseases. Contacts: Sis. Pamela King, Nurses Guild Coordinator and Sis. Cordelia Farrish, Health & Wellness Coordinator
Pastor’s Aide Ministry
The pastor’s aide ministry is committed to providing necessary support to the pastor and his family within the church with encouraging words, prayers, and other actions of love. The Pastor’s Aid is a liaison for the pastor extending hospitality to visiting ministers, their families, and guests. They also host activities for the Pastor and his wife during special days and occasions. Whatever he and his family needs, the Pastor’s Aid Ministry stands ready and available. Contact: Sis. Cordelia Farrish, Chair
Offer up intercessory prayer for the Pastor and his family, leaders, officers, members, sick & shut-in, bereaved, etc. within the Body of Christ. Regular prayer services are held every Wednesday evening 7:00 p.m. on behalf of the church for the Universal Body of Christ, community, government, nation & world. Contacts: Dea. James & Sis. Caroline Stallworth, Coordinators
This committee consists of members who are charged with the responsibility of identifying members in the congregation who are college bound and need financial assistance. They allocate the budgeted funds, based on need. Encouragement awards are also given to students who may not qualify for the need based scholarship. Other activities include: hosting an annual celebration to recognize members who are graduating from grade school through college and sponsoring seminars and workshops to heighten members’ awareness regarding requirements and available resources. Contact: Sis. Joyce Cargile, Chair
This ministry seeks to provide for the transportation needs of the congregation. They are responsible for training drivers when needed, maintenance of vehicles and keeping up-to-date records on all vehicles. This ministry also establishes policies for bus/van usage. Contact: Sis. Wilma Burton, Administrator
The Board of Trustees holds legal title to all the church properties and is responsible for the maintenance of property. They have supervision, oversight, and care of all real property owned by the church and of all property and equipment acquired directly by the church. Trustees have a fiduciary responsibility for proper use and management of grants or other monetary means. Contact: Bro. Gregory Moore, Chair
Serve as doorkeepers to God’s House. The Usher Ministries (Youth and Adults) of First Baptist Church often work as one. This ministry assists visitors with seating and stands ready at the doors and other locations during the services. Contact: Sis. Lois Franklin, Chair
Women’s Ministry/Women of Purpose
Developed to meet the spiritual needs of the women of the church, the women’s fellowship is dedicated to the primary goal of enriching the lives of women in the attainment of their highest level of spiritual, emotional and social independence through the delivery of consistent bible study, informative workshops and structured recreational activities. Their vision is to continuously strive to improve the quality of our fellowships and therefore, the quality of life to the women to whom they minister by creating a positive, energetic and loving environment as they strive to glorify God and edify the body of Christ. Contact: Lady Angela King, Chair