Who We Are
Is a body of believers founded and grounded on the gospel of Jesus Christ. We place unrivaled value on the preaching of God’s Word and the submission of every sphere of life to God in worship. In all we do, we are committed to this singular vision from 1 Corinthians 1:23:
We preach Christ crucified.
First Baptist Church
Our chief aim is to seek God in the face of Jesus Christ. We gather on Sunday morning to worship through singing, praying, giving, and preaching. To preach the message of the cross, we must first know the God who ordained the cross.
God saves us from sin and judgment and then sends us out for good works. Motivated by the love of God in the gospel, we strive to care for those in our church body and shine a light in our community through Christlike love and service.
The power of God for salvation is not in us or our good deeds. Rather, the power of God to save sinners is found in a message to be shared (Rom. 1:16). In all things, we strive to lift high the hope of this atoning gospel, that all people might come to Christ in repentance and faith.
Our constitution is the foundational document that governs our practices at FBCNV. If you're interested in reading our church constitution, download it here.
Pastors and Staff
Braden and his wife Laura joined the ministry at FBC in May of 2023. Braden has been preaching and active in church ministry for over 10 years. He is passionate about the expositional preaching of Scripture and the exultation of the cross of Christ. God has blessed Braden and Laura with two little girls that accompany them in ministry.
Al has been on the FBCNV staff for over 15 years and currently serves as the primary worship leader, yet takes on some the pastoral care of the flock. He and his wife Shirley have 3 grown children and 2 beautiful grandbabies. Al helps oversee the Deacon ministry to ensure the people of FBCNV are cared for.
Brett and his wife Niccole came to Indiana from the frozen tundra of Michigan in 2019 where Brett worked with collegiate ministry at MSU. He has a M.Div. from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Niccole are both Indiana natives having grown up around the Santa Claus/Jasper area.
Kid's Ministry Director
LaDonna was welcomed onto the staff in the fall of 2016. She and her husband David have 2 biological and 6 adopted foster children. LaDonna has a passion for kids ministry and teaching children how to study their Bibles and grow in their daily relationship with Jesus.
Shannon has been the office admin since 2017 and helps hold down the daily operations of the church. She and her husband Matt have 2 children and enjoy camping and being outdoors. She is active in several other areas of church ministry besides being the 'first face' of the church office.