"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded for you". Matthew 28:19-20
We believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. He is the foundation of our lives and the standard by which we live today and claim the promise of eternal life. He is to be the center of everything we do.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Through its pages we find guidance, comfort and the mighty works of God. We believe the scriptures teach us how to live, serve and disciple. Scripture reveals God’s plan for salvation through Jesus Christ.
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are celebrations of God’s grace. Baptism celebrates one’s new life in Christ. The Lord’s Supper is a celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus for all the world on the Cross.
We believe in the church as the Body of Christ on earth. It is a fellowship of people who seek to make Christ known, loved, trusted and obeyed through the living of our faith in our community and beyond. As the Body of Christ we work together, care for each other and unconditionally share the love of God. Each person in the Body is unique and gifted and is of ultimate worth to God.
We believe that worship is the most important work of the church. It is in worship that we praise the living God and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord.
On August 20, 1858 Ashland Baptist Church was organized by fifteen members who came from nearby Winn's, Taylorsville and Walnut Grove Baptist Churches. That first meeting was held in the Union Meeting House currently the Masonic Hall on England Street and served as the worship center until the dedication of the new church on Railroad Avenue. That "new" church building now serves as the Hanover Arts and Activities Center.
During the Civil War several battles were fought in the area and the church was used as a hospital. In 1967, having outgrown its Railroad Avenue facility, the congregation moved to its present location at 800 Thompson Street. The last worship was held in the original church building on June 25, 1967 and the following Sunday worship was held at its new location. On April 8, 1970 the church voted to change its name from Ashland Baptist Church to First Baptist Church, Ashland.
In 1977 a study committee was formed for future building needs. In 1980 a new wing consisting of a larger fellowship hall (now Ellis Hall) and Sunday School space was constructed. A third wing was added in 1997 providing additional office space and Christian education classes. The church completed a new sanctuary and fellowship hall in 2006.
In its 157 year history First Baptist Church has had twenty eight pastors. Following the twenty year ministry of Robert E. Thompson, Josh Hayden became pastor in March, 2015. The church's mission for all its history is reflected in our mission statement: "Transforming people for Christ in Ashland, in the world, one person at a time." This statement is a constant reminder of our calling to share and to live the Good News of Jesus Christ wherever we are. "Lead on O King Eternal!"