First Baptist Church has been committed to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) from her earliest days. Home missions involvement essentially began with FBC’s first mission church in the Mullin School House near San Angelo in 1908, followed by another church start the following year. First Baptist also played a key role in starting the Christoval Baptist Church Encampment in 1911.
From these humble beginnings, fervor for local missions has grown at First Baptist Church. FBC has started over ten churches locally, and we recently voted to become the sponsor church for the Rafter Cross Cowboy Church in San Angelo. Many longtime residents of San Angelo have been impacted by the church’s bus ministry which began in 1972. The church also reaches out to untold thousands of people each week with the message of salvation by grace through faith via television, radio, and internet broadcasts.
FBC also promotes active involvement with ministry partners such as Rust Street Ministries, the Salvation Army, and West Texas Boys Ranch. The church feeds children locally during the summer with the Kids Eat Free program, as well. FBC is also a strong advocate for the Texas Baptist Men and the West Central Specialty Feeding Team. In 2014, the church’s youth group will even travel to Jamestown, Colorado in order to participate in disaster relief work alongside other Texas Baptists. The youth ministry regularly plans for local and international mission trips.
First Baptist actively participates in the Concho Valley Baptist Association, a network of churches in the area who cooperate in local, national, and international mission work.
FBC not only promotes local missions, but we also support and participate in international missions. International missions involvement can be traced back to 1936 when Reverend and Mrs. Clem Hardy were sent to Brazil as missionaries. The Hardys started a school in Manaus, Brazil for under-resourced and orphaned children. Since 1973, FBC has widened the scope of missions involvement, significantly impacting people for Christ in Mexico, Peru, Ukraine, Venezuela, and beyond. In fact, the church constructed fourteen churches in Mexico during the 1970s, and FBC participated wholeheartedly in the “Mission to Brazil” program of the Baptist General Convention of Texas beginning in 1981 through the foresight and leadership of our Pastor Emeritus, Dr. Jerold McBride. Today, FBC continues relationships with missionaries (many of whom are church members) in at least ten countries including Mozambique, Zambia, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and Uganda. Some missionaries also serve in East Asia and Africa.
In 2014, the church commissioned summer missionaries for international work in Peru and Venezuela.
Please watch for updates on our website regarding mission trips and ways that you can be involved.