About First Baptist Church of Ashland
The mission of the First Baptist Church of Ashland is “loving God, loving people, and making Him known.” We love Jesus and reach out with His love to all who attend. Teaching is from God’s Word, dress is casual, and our worship style is blended. Volunteers currently lead worship and we are fortunate to have many skilled musicians serving on our worship team.
Both members and the community see FBC’s children and youth ministries as positive; youth from families that don’t attend the church often attend and participate in the programs. We currently hold a Good News Club at a nearby elementary school, and in the past have had strong VBS and AWANA programs for children. Our middle level and high school programs are valued and train youth to be counselors and leaders in their yearly outreach ministries to Newell, CA and El Sauzaul Orphanage in Mexico.
The church was founded in 1877 and is affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association. We have approximately 100 members with a slightly higher attendance on Sunday mornings. An elected Deacon’s board governs the church and oversees three elected commissions – Property & Finance, Church Life, and Outreach. The annual budget is approximately 275K.
Ashland, Oregon (pop. 20,000) is set in the foothills between two mountain ranges, on I-5 about 15 miles north of the California border. It is part of a county population of about 216K residents. The town’s population is predominately white, educated, middle to upper class, environmentally conscious, and generally votes progressively.
Education is valued and supported and the K-12 school system is considered one of the best in the state. Post-secondary education is available through Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University, a liberal arts university with about 6100 students.
Ashland is a popular tourist destination, welcoming over 300,000 visitors annually. There are a multitude of restaurants, wineries, art galleries, and theaters (including the award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival). The surrounding area provides a variety of recreational opportunities such as boating, biking, white-water rafting, fishing, hiking, and cross-country and downhill skiing.