The dynamic church that is today First Baptist rose from humble beginnings.  In the early part of World War II many churches west of present day Richmond Hill were disbanded when the government purchased a large portion of Bryan County for military training purposes.  This area later became Fort Stewart.

Many people from these churches resettled in the Richmond Hill area including most of the members of Bragg Baptist Church, which was located just a few miles west of the current First Baptist site.  These people brought with them rich religious beliefs and soon felt a need to meet and worship together.  Prayer meetings were held in homes, the school, and the courthouse.

A new Baptist church originated in a prayer meeting in March of 1941 at the home of Mr. and Mrs E. D. Mitchum.  Home-type meetings grew and because of the need for more space they bagan to meet in the Richmond Hill School as well as the Richmond Hill Courthouse.  In February of 1942 the Richmond Hill Baptist Church was formally organized and called Reverend Arthur Harrison as its first pastor.  A local businessman, Bennie Warshaw, donated the first piece of property on Highway 144 in the Blueberry subdivision. 

The first church building was completed on this property in March of 1946, and a formal dedication was held on March 31, 1946.  Through the years additional buildings were added and the name was changed to First Baptist Church Richmond Hill to reflect the fact that this church was the first Baptist church incorporated within the growing community of  Richmond Hill.  First Baptist grew tremendously during the 1980's and purchased additional land. 

In 1989 the church began construction of a new worship center, holding the first service on December 16, 1990.  Multiple Sunday worship services were begun in 1994 and the worship center was expanded in 2000.  In 2004 an education building was added, in 2006 the Family Life Center and gymnasium were completed and in 2010 the old 1946 building was renovated to serve as the Student Center.

Today, First Baptist Church continues to grow but one thing remains constant; First Baptist Church Richmond Hill is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and resting on the fact that He is faithful and true.  If you want to experience all that God has for you and His wonderful peace and joy, we invite you to join us.  We'd love to meet you!

"And they devoted themselves to the Apostles' teachings and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." (Acts 2:42).

Our mission is to connect people to Jesus Christ through worship, community, and service. First Baptist Church Richmond Hill cooperates with other area churches to see the message of Jesus Christ proclaimed to all people. The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family.

God as Father reigns with effective care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all loving and all wise. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1; I Timothy 1:17)

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin. He was wholly man and wholly God. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God. He died as the payment for all of mankind’s sins; so that man could be reconciled to God through belief in Christ. He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven and rules forever with God. (Matthew 1:18-23; Matthew Chapters 26-28; John 1:1, 14)

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired the writing of the Bible and enables humanity's understanding of the truth. He exalts Christ and convicts of sin. His presence in the Christian's life is the assurance of God to bring the believer to fullness in Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship and service. (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:49)

The Bible or Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. In the scriptures God completely reveals himself to man. The Bible is perfect and true, without any error. It reveals the principles by which God judges us and is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and religious opinions should be tested. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Matthew 5:17-18; II Timothy 3:15-17)

Humanity was created by the special act of God, in His own image and is the crowning work of His creation. Man was created innocent of sin but by his own choice he sinned against God. From that time on humanity has been born with a natural inclination to sin which they can not control. As soon as we are able we all choose to sin and consequently are under the condemnation of sin. Only the grace of God, manifested in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, can reconcile sinful people to God. (Genesis Chapters 1-3; Romans 3:23)

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and is offered freely to all who by faith accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is the ultimate sign of God’s grace to mankind. Our just reward for sinful living is eternal separation from God. Christ’s death on the cross and His blood serve as the atoning sacrifice that allows sinful mankind to be reconciled to a Holy and Righteous God. This reconciliation is available to anyone who repents of their sin and through faith accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. (Genesis 3:15; John 3:3-21; Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-22; Revelation 3:20)

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, giving public testimony of his faith in Christ. It is a physical act symbolizing the spiritual salvation of the believer and as such has no saving quality of its own. Baptism is the outward, visible testimony of salvation.  (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-29)

The Bible speaks of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages. The church is also spoken of in the Bible as a local body of baptized believers who are associated by commitment in the faith. The church is committed to the teachings of Christ, the spreading of the gospel to the ends of the earth, exercising the ministry of believers to one another through the use of the spiritual gifts given to believers by the Holy Spirit and the observance of the sacraments (Lord’s Supper and Baptism). (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47)

First Baptist Church fully supports the Baptist Faith and Message and belongs to the Southern Baptist Convention.

Baptism is another practice of the church that is often misunderstood.  Very simply, baptism is being fully immersed in water to publicly symbolize your decision to follow Jesus and to symbolically identify with His death, burial and resurrection.  Let's look at some Frequenty Asked Questions about baptism.

No, only Jesus can do that, Acts 4:11-12.  No element like water can save you and no work like being baptized can save you, Ephesians 2:8-9.  Baptism is following the example of Jesus and others found in the Bible which we believe is commanded as a public affirmation of our faith, Romans 6:3-4.

We do not practice infant baptism because we do not believe an infant can make an informed decision to follow Christ.  We have several baby dedication services each year where parents pledge to raise their children in a Godly way and the congregation pldeges to support the parents.

It depends, if you were previously baptized by immersion (fully put under the water) in a church that holds the same or similar belifes as we do regarding salvation and baptism, no.  Our pastoral staff are always ready to discuss your questions, contact us and we'll connect with you.

Cool, contact us and we'll connect with you and meet with you to answer all your questions.

This is the most important question one can ask in life and often, one of the most misunderstood. Salvation is simply putting your trust in Jesus Christ, this is saying with your mouth or confessing that He is in charge (Lord over your existence or life) and believing or being fully convinced that He lived, died and rose again then you will be saved or have eternal life in Heaven.  We derive this from Romans 10:9-10.  There are also a number of other references from the Bible that agree with that particular passage in the Bible.  

If it's so easy to be saved then why do we make it so hard to understand or obtain?  The fact is we are all, every single one of us, messed up and it's easy to try and add to what salvation is.  Let's look at this:

Salvation is not a set of rules.  It's not morale acts or being in a good mood.  Living as closely as possible to the commands of the Bible and living morally and joy and other attributes happen over time as we surrender more to Jesus, not by what we do, Eph 2:8.  After salvation...until we die, we are going to mess up and blow it, Rom 3:23-34.  Salvation starts with what we believe to be true about Jesus, that He is the only sinless human to ever walk the planet and that He died for our sins and rose again to defeat death.  We will grow as we read the Bible and hang out with other Christians and as we make mistakes.  Salvation isn't bondage to religion; it's freedom in a relationship with a very real Savior who came from Heaven, walked the Earth perfectly, died, rose again and returned to Heaven to wait for those who have trusted in Him to join Him in Heaven, Romans 8.

Just believing in a God is not salvation, James 2:19.  There is only one true Savior, Jesus Christ, 1Timothy 2:5., Acts 4:11-12.  Believing He lived is not enough.  You must place your whole hope in Him and confess Him as your Savior.

You are exactly like every other person living.  We all have issues and do things that aren't right.  That's why Jesus came, to save people who would continue to fail in being perfect, Romans 3:9-23.  We don't have a license to sin or live a life of carefree hedonism however, when you trust Jesus, you will change, from your beliefs to your actions.  Here's the deal, no sin is worse than another, speeding and murder are the same.  We don't practice looking down on anyone because we are just as lost without Jesus as every other person.  That's why salvation is imperative, Jesus forgives us of our wrongs no matter how hard we try to live a life like He did, Romans 6:1-14.

Doubt isn't a bad thing.  There was a dude named Thomas who saw Jesus after He rose up from the grave.  Thomas had some serious doubts and Jesus let Thomas put his hands inside the wounds the Roman soldiers caused to prove He was really the one who rose from the grave, John 20:24-29.  Just like Thomas, we all have doubts and differences of opinions.  After salvation some of the doubts should go away, others may or may not.  Your relationship with Jesus is a journey and Jesus will teach you if you let Him.

It depends.  Did you confess Jesus as Lord of your life and believe in Him for your salvation, Romans 10:9-10?  If you don't know or aren't sure, you should make sure.  We want to help guide you to that decision.

Leave everybody out of it; it’s between you and God. You have probably heard this a ton of times but this “How To” can change your life! And, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1.  Realize that you are a sinner. Ask yourself these questions, "Has anything ever been more important to me than God? Have I ever lied (a lie is a lie, no matter how small you may think it is), stolen (cheated on a test, took a piece of gum, etc.), hated (the Bible says it's murder in your heart), lusted,(the Bible says it's adultery in your heart), taken the Lord's name in vain (OMG!!!), dishonored my parents, or been jealous of someone else's belonging?" The Bible says that we have all sinned, and that if you've broken one commandment, it is the same as breaking all of the commandments, Romans 3:10-12, and 23. All sin deserves punishment, and God is a just God. He should give you what you deserve-- Hell. However, He died for your sins and took your punishment, so that you can live eternally, Romans 6:23.

2.  The good news is that Jesus took your place and died for your sins, Romans 5:8. Repent from sins, and change your mind about going your ways. That means turn away from them to follow Jesus. You cannot do this in your own power, but the Holy Spirit will help you if you ask Him. He will transform you and make you a new creation, Romans 10:9-13. If you want to be saved, you must believe with everything within you and speak this simple prayer "Jesus, I know I'm lost without you.  I believe you came to earth and died for my sins.  I ask your forgiveness for my unbelief in you and will now follow you.  I am trusting you today to save me and I desire to live for you.  Thank you for saving me.  Amen".

3.  Be glad, and rejoice, now that you have been forgiven, because when you ask for His forgiveness, He forgives, Romans 5:1. There is no condemnation for your previous sins, Romans 8:1, and nothing can ever separate you from God, Romans 8:38-39.

Maybe you want to talk to someone a little more, contact us, we would love to connect and talk to you, no strings attached.

AWESOME!!!  Let's get together and talk about it.  Let's celebrate your new life with Christ.  We want to welcome you to the family of God.  Contact us so we can get together and do life and this Christian journey together.

 

We get together every Sunday to celebrate our faith in Christ. At our worship services, we sing, pray, greet each other, hear a challenging Bible based message, give to support the church and respond to the message. You don't need to have it all together to come to our services and you don't have to dress up.

Whether you have believed in Christ from a young age, don't even believe in God, or anything in between, we want you to come check out our services because we want to meet you. Really, that's all there is to it! We have multiple worship services during the week: 

 

  • 9AM and 11:15AM Worship Services - These services are attended by people of all ages and is a come as you are service. Childcare is available.  {flexicontactplus VolunteerFormGathering modal=410,560,"Volunteer to serve."}
  • Children's Church - We have Children’s Church available to 1st-3rd graders during both of our morning worship services (9:00am and 11:15am).  Here’s how it works!  Kids sit with their parents during the music/video segment of the worship service.  Toward the last song 1st-3rd graders (1 year - Kindergarten may be taken to Children's Church before the service) will be invited to leave the Worship Center with our Children’s Church leaders.  From there, they will go to where they have an interactive lesson using the Worship KidStyle curriculum.  They also have playtime in the gym, because let’s face it – some of our bodies are not built for sitting still for long periods of time! Children who are not picked up after the 9:00am Worship Service Children’s Church will be walked to their Sunday School class.  Children that are attending the 11:15am Worship Service Children’s Church can be picked up from the gym following the worship service.  {flexicontactplus VolunteerFormChildren modal=410,560,"Volunteer to serve in the Children's ministry."}
  • Wednesday Nights at 6:30pm - We have several bible studies available on Wednesday nights. We have a Wednesday Night Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall every Wednesday night. We have a women's bible study by Angie Smith called "Seamless" that is led by Robin Speer. Childcare is available for babies through 5th grade. The Way Student Ministries will have Wednesday night youth services for 6th grade through 12th grade. Also AWANA is available for 3 years old through 6th grade for kids as they learn the Bible, play games, get to know other kids and have a great time.

 

Worship Support

A lot of people work together to make the worship services happen.  We use people of all ages and abilities and are always looking for volunteers!

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What I do

My Job
My job is to ensure that guests are greeted, welcomed, and connected to our church family. After greeting our guests and calling them by name, we provide them with a pamphlet filled with opportunities to connect to our Church. I make myself available to answer any questions regarding our church. We always invite our guest to attend one of our two services, Sunday School and attempt a connection with one of the Life Groups. We also provide a map of the Church and escort the guest to the desired service.

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My background
My wife Cheryl and I have lived in Richmond Hill almost all of our married life and chose this community because of its family centered values. We are blessed with two girls; Katelyn and Bailea who remind us daily of how good God is to us.  You can find us during the weekday working at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and on the weekend with our hands in the soil.

Why I Follow Christ
Although I have always know our Lord and Savior, it wasn’t until I met my wife that I truly became a Christian.  What began as a simple prayer to make me a better man, has become a way of life for me and my family. While I am far from perfect, I serve a Lord that is just and willing to forgive. He has blessed me with far more than I deserve and paid the ultimate sacrifice for my sins.  How could I not put all of my faith our Lord?

Ask me about
I believe that the mission for the First Touch Ministry is to demonstrate Christ’s love by opening our doors and welcoming all who come wanting to know more about Him.  Please ask me how you can get connected to God through our Church and how you too could serve through our First Touch Ministry.

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Hi, I'm Billy, my team amd I want to welcome you to First Baptist Richmond Hill...literally.  My team of volunteers and I are the ones who greet you, give you bulletins, answer your questions and help our special guests find their way around.  Come on in and get to know us....I can't wait to get to know you.  If you like people and helping people or talking to people, First touch is a great way to serve. {flexicontactplus VolunteerFormFirstTouch modal=410,403,"Volunteer for First Touch"}, I'd love to connect with you!.  See you soon!

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 Hi! We are a group of singers that help lead our 9AM worship service, in congregational singing. We sing a mix of the classical hymns and worship songs. We practice at 6:30PM on Wednesday nights in the choir room located on the second floor above the main sanctuary and we also have a quick practice at 8:30AM on Sunday morning. Practices are open to anyone of any age.  Just show up and sing with us. Worshipping together in the choir is an incredible way to teach service to others while encouraging growth in our talents.

Have more questions or want to join the choir? Call the church office and we will connect with you.

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Hi!  We are a group of singers and musicians that leads our 11:15 AM service, in worship each Sunday. We take a contemporary approach without compromising the truth of our clear calling, to worship Jesus Christ.

Our Worship Team is comprised of musicians and vocalists of all ages and skilled abilities. We hold auditions to consider new team members. If you feel called to serve the Lord through music and lead in worshipping the Lord through song,  {flexicontactplus VolunteerFormGathering modal=410,660,"fill out our Volunteer Connect form"}  and the Worship Leader will contact you to schedule an audition or get you connected with the team leader for non-musician volunteers.

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Schedule

Sunday  
Worship Service  9:00 am
Sunday School 10:10 am
Worship Service 11:15 am
   
Wednesday  
Wednesday Night Supper (Aug-May) 5:15 pm
Bible Study 6:30 pm
FBCRH Student Ministry 6:30 pm
Children's Ministry 6:30 pm
   
Week Nights  
Life Group Bible Studies Various
   
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