Our Leaders at First Baptist Church of Jackson

Interim pastor, Rev. Ross Lucas

First Baptist Church recently lost its pastor, April Barrett, who left to take on a new full-time ministry in Canton. We wish her all the best! 

In the interim, please welcome Rev. Dr. Ross Lucas. Rev. Ross was ordained in 1971. He is a Master of Divinity graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Ph.D. graduate of Indiana University. Over the years he has served as a pastor, a missionary to two Kiowa Indian Churches in Oklahoma, a pastoral counselor, and a psychologist. For the last 10 years, he has worked with churches that are in transition between settled pastors. Most recently, he served as transitional pastor for the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls in Hoosick Falls, New York. He has authored two books: "The Greatest Stories Ever … Retold" and "The I.D. Book: Unmasking the Soul and Revealing Your True Mission in Life."

Christmas Eve serviceFirst Baptist Church is a family-oriented congregation with a strong, stable history of serving God by serving others. As a member of the American Baptist Churches USA, the congregation supports the tenets of faith and mission of the denomination.

This is a diverse church family that endeavors to reach out to those in need. As an accepting, healing faith community, First Baptist offers opportunities for spiritual guidance to all people. In the spirit of Christ, this congregation has a long-standing history of caring for one another -- especially in times of need.

Here one will find inspiring worship, a vital program of Christian education and youth ministry, and a strong commitment to mission. 

Church Leaders

The Spiritual Life Team is responsible for the spiritual welfare of the church including the worship service, the music program, and the missions program.

The Administrative Team is responsible for all funds of the church and all property of the church.

The Christian Education Team is responsible for the Christian Education.

In addition, there are five committees: Hospitality, Staff Relations, Nominating, Stewardship, and Endowment.

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