The mission of First Baptist Church is to minister to our congregation, the community, and the world so all may experience the love and grace of God.

Recent Sermons

June 19, 2016: “Listening to God”

Rev. Paul Gibson is the Executive Minister of the Great Rivers Region of American Baptist churches.  Rev. Gibson received his graduate degree, Master of Divinity, from the American Baptist Seminary of the West.  He has served as pastor of churches in Arizona, Nevada, Missouri and North Dakota.

June 12, 2016: Rev. Melanie McNiff, Peoria Friendship House

Rev. McNiff is the President and CEO of Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service.  She has a Master’s in Ministry, focusing on Church Leadership, Evangelism and Church Planting.  Her professional ministry began with Crossroads Christian Church, a mega-church of 7500 members in Corona, California, where she served as the Pastor of “Beyond Limits,” their ministry […]

June 5, 2016: “How Old Are You?”

II Corinthians 5:16-21 “Grow old along with me.  The best is yet to be.” Why should aging be hard for some to accept? Maybe it’s because we tend to look back instead of looking forward, and that often leads to rebellion and regret.  The words of Jesus guide us: “If anyone is in Christ, he […]

May 22, 2016: “When You Hit Bottom”

This message is for people who have ever hit rock bottom in life.  Most of us have, but we don’t have to stay there.  God is ready, willing and able to lift us out of that dark abyss. ———————————————– In the pulpit this week and next, Rev. Jim Harper from Jacksonville, Illinois. Jim grew up […]