CHURCH HISTORY

FBC was founded in 1970 as a Mission Project of the North American Mission Board, of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Having begun as a Mission, FBC continues to have a heart for Missions. 

We are called to Spread God’s Love and Give Grace through Loving, Learning, Living and Leading people, realizing God’s vision for FBC to be a  Christ Centered Community of believers committed to helping every person to connect with Jesus, to grow as a follower of Jesus, and to enjoy the family of God!

LEADERSHIP

The church is served by our Pastor, Lee Corrao and our Council of Deacons: Mike Cottrell, Tim Wilkinson, and Kurt Wohlhueter-- Along with our Board of Trustees: Ron Loesch, Nathan Midkiff and Patti Steele, We operate with a Congregational style of Governance, so we all work together toward understanding and implementing what we hear God telling us to do.

CHURCH BODY

It is the heart of FBC to embrace a cooperative and unified spirit.  None of us is perfect, everyone of us needs the grace, forgiveness and salvation of God.

With this in mind, we strive to be a welcoming and grace giving community of believers, with arms open wide to anyone and everyone who comes our way.   

Earl Midkiff, serves as our  Emeritus Pastor, and valued mentor to our current Pastor, Lee Corrao. There are no paid staff other than the pastor. The church demonstrates a caring and welcoming spirit.

On Sunday mornings we offer Bible classes for all ages (9:30am), and Worship (8:30am and 11am), and Youth Group (6pm).

Wednesdays we host a Dinner Fellowship (6:00-6:45), offering Dine-in or Take-out, and LIFE Group from 7:00 -8:00.

Women’s Fellowship meets on Tuesdays at the Glacier Express Coffee Shop (12:00).

Men’s Fellowship meets every-other Saturday for Breakfast, fellowship, and the Word (7am)  

FACILITIES

The 5,000 square foot tri-level church building houses a sanctuary with seating for 80 and a baptismal, a foyer, the pastor’s office, kitchen, multi-purpose hall, men’s and women’s restrooms,  and classroom for the Children and Youth Bible Classes. The fellowship hall and classrooms are on the lowest level, the entrance and pastor’s office are on the street level, and the sanctuary is on the upper level. There are chair lifts for the disabled.

 WORSHIP

Our worship service focuses on preaching the Word of God. Music includes a blend of traditional and contemporary songs & Hymns. We seek to magnify Jesus Christ in every aspect of the service. Songs are displayed by Powerpoint, which may be used during messages. Messages are recorded and available on the website fbcpetersburg.com. No particular version of Scriptures is used in preaching.  

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Bible Classes are offered for all ages in the following classes:

  • Pre School – 1st Grade
  • 2nd – 5th Grade
  • Youth
  • Adults

SMALL GROUPS

 Small Group Ministry is in the process of being developed, and is slated to be a selection of home fellowships.

MISSIONS AND OUTREACH

We participate weekly in two community outreach events that provide meals along with an opportunity to hear the gospel message. One is in cooperation with other denominations to provide a Monday night meal targeting low income people. The Monday outreach also includes the occasional collection and distribution of winter coats and clothing and non-perishable food items. We have a potluck at the church on Wednesday evening and the community is invited. A sandwich board sign downtown advertises the Wednesday meal. People can stay for LIFE Group, or leave after eating.

The church supports missionaries through the Cooperative Program and three major offerings received each year: Valeria Sherard State Mission Offering, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The church also participates in Operation Christmas Child each year and provided about 100 gift boxes in 2021.

 

CHURCH SUMMARY

First Baptist Church of Petersburg, Alaska is an evangelical church that believes in the inerrancy of the Bible and salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We are missions-minded, believing we should reach our “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth” for Christ. We are an autonomous church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, Alaska Baptist Resource Network, and Tongass Baptist Association to help us better fulfill the Great Commission.

Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

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