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Vision. Some look forward to it. Some fear it.

For over a year, our Vision Team spent several hours together almost every Sunday: praying together, talking together, and dreaming together about what God could do in the life of First Baptist Church. For without vision, a church could falter.

In our series Elemental, we looked at the issue of vision and one particular result of the work of our Vision Team: those things that ought to be driving us. What we prioritize is that which we will focus on.

Think about what this church will look like beyond your lifetime. Ask yourself this question: will First Baptist Church, if the Lord tarries, still be in existence? It’s a very important question. It’s a question that each of us has the responsibility to be asking. Many of us are just trying to get through this week or this year, and we don’t look beyond the present. We tend to not think about the church that we will be handing down to the next generation.

It is important that we understand what is core about us. What are the elements, the basics, of who we are and what we need to be about? In this series of messages entitled Elemental, we looked at our core values, that which is basic, that which is who we are in every moment, in every activity.

Core Value #1, revealed January 29: The Glory of God
Core Value #2, revealed February 5: The Sufficiency of Scripture
Core Value #3, revealed February 12: Godly Leadership
Core Value #4, revealed February 19: Missional Living
Core Value #5, revealed February 26: Global Disciplemaking
Core Value #6, revealed March 4: Genuine Relationships
Core Value #7, revealed March 11 and 18: Christ-Centered Worship
Core Value #8, revealed March 25: Prayerful Dependence
Our Mission Statement, revealed April 1: We glorify God by making disciples of all nations





On April 25, 2010, Dr. Darren Gaddis and his family accepted the call to be our Senior Pastor! He began preaching at First Baptist Church on June 6.

Pastor Darren has been in the ministry for nearly 20 years, having served churches in Florida, Texas and Kentucky. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a former President and 2nd Vice President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and was a Trustee of GuideStone® Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Darren and his wife, Jennifer, have three children: Leah, Ethan and Meredith. He enjoys golf, reading and traveling with his family.

• 1989-1991 Interim Youth Minister, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
• 1991-1993 Youth Associate, Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
• 1993-1997 Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
• 1995-1997 Pastor’s Intern, First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
• 1998-2001 Senior Pastor, Liberty Point Baptist Church, Cadiz, KY
• 2002-2010  Senior Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Corbin, KY

Licensed to the Gospel Ministry: Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
Ordained to the Gospel Ministry: Yellow Creek Baptist Church, Owensboro, KY

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