Fellowship Baptist Church has a simple mission. The passion of our church is to experience God in worship, equip followers of Christ with His Word, and engage our community with God’s love. This passion will lead us to witness to the lost and develop the believers into mature followers of Jesus Christ.
As we understand the Scriptures and church history, we have been led to express our congregational identity as “Baptist.” Fellowship Baptist Church is an autonomous member of the Missouri Baptist Convention – Website of the MBC and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), supporting their multiple ministries here in our state, in our country, and around the world. While we do support other local, national, and international ministries, our affiliation with the SBC makes us more effective in evangelizing people groups, planting churches, and equipping Christians to reflect the glory of Jesus Christ.
The following are the core beliefs of Fellowship Church and are based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. All of the teaching throughout this ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
Sufficiency of Scripture
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Scriptures and that they contain all the words of God that we need in order to trust and obey Him completely. The Scriptures are inerrant in their original writings, infallible in their instruction, eternal in duration; the final authority and the standard for faith and practice; and sufficient for counsel in every life issue. (Psalm 119:97-104, Proverbs 6:32, 1 Peter 1:23-25, 2 Timothy 3:16)
Creation, Evolution, and God's Sovereignty
We believe God created the universe in six 24-hour days and that, before He created the universe, nothing except God existed. God chose to create the universe and all that is in it to reveal His glory, divine nature, eternal power, infinite wisdom, and supreme authority. (Genesis 1)
We deny the theory of evolution, which states that nonliving substances gave rise to the first living material, which then reproduced and diversified to produce all living creatures. We believe that all people are descendants of Adam and Eve, whom God created personally and individually and as complete human beings. (Genesis 1:26-27)
God rules over His creation and cares about and is involved in the lives of individual people. (Colossians 1:16-17)
Salvation and Security
It is God's divine decision to save a person and it is God's kindness, forbearance, and patience that lead that person to repentance. The Bible also teaches that each person is responsible to embrace or reject Jesus as Savior and Lord and that God welcomes all who come to Him by faith apart from works. (Both of these two truths) God's sovereignty in salvation and man's decision to embrace Christ is taught in the Scriptures. Their co-existence is a mystery and is completely understood only in the mind of our omniscient God.) (John 6:37,44,65, Romans 10:9-18)
Those who are born of God's Spirit through Jesus Christ persevere in the faith as God is faithful to His people and empowers them to persevere in the faith. We believe that everyone who is born of God's Spirit through Jesus Christ is assured of salvation from the moment of conversion. This assurance relies on God's decisive and faithful grace rather than on the works of the Christian. Obedience, good works, and fruit-bearing do not earn or retain the believer's salvation but indicate the reality of the person's love of Christ and profession of faith. (John 15:4-8, 1 John 2:19-20, John 10:27-29)
Process of Sanctification and Maturity
A person committed to a relationship with Christ focuses on a personal walk with Him, worship of Him, and work for Him. That person will experience significant growth in personal sanctification and, therefore, will experience a closer personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and will eventually become complete in Christ. (Colossians 1:28)
We are committed to multiplying the Godly characteristics of leaders' lives into others. This multiplication of ministry is key to the healthy growth of the church. We believe the disciples of Jesus Christ should minister to one another in the local church, rather than one or a small number of professional pastors bearing total responsibility to care for the entire congregation. God has given spiritual gifts to all of His people to provide mutual ministry in the context of the healthy and strong local church. (2 Timothy 2:2, Ephesians 4:11-12)
The chief purpose of mankind is to glorify God by loving Him with the entire heart, soul, mind, and might. All believing men, women, and children are to glorify God and thus fulfill the purpose of their existence. (Matthew 22:37)
Worship glorifies God through adoration, praise, prayer, thanksgiving, and a complete yielding to Him. Worship declares His worth, pays Him homage, and celebrates Him in a life of devotion. (Psalm 95:6, Romans 12:1)
Church Membership = Partnership
Even a casual reading of Scripture reveals that the commitment of believers to one another is anything but casual. In both descriptive and prescriptive language, the Bible attests to the formal and profound relationship that exists among those who have been reconciled to God and each other. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)
The partnership recognizes and responds to the call of discipleship in the context of a gospel-centered community. It is an affirmation and agreement to contribute to the good of the body rather than consume from it. It is a formalization of that which already implicitly exists. (Acts 2:41-47)
God calls His people into covenant, not only to Himself but also to each other. He calls us to a life of sacrifice, generosity, service, and radical commitment to the good of the body. And this happy obligation is most readily pursued within the context of a particular body a local church. (Gen. 6:18, 9;16, 15:18; Luke 22:20; Heb. 8:6-7)
Baptism and Communion
Baptism and communion are the two ordinances required in the church. We believe that Christian baptism by immersion in water is a public identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. Although baptism is not required for salvation, it is commanded of all believers and is for believers only. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38, 41)
Communion is the commemoration by believers of Christ's death and a reminder through the bread and the juice of the Savior's broken body and shed blood. Communion is to be a time of confession of sin and should be preceded by careful self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:20-29)
The church exists to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. The commission is fulfilled as disciples of Jesus Christ are made and grow in their relationship with Him and likeness to Him. God has called us to plant His gospel as He builds His church. (Matthew 28:19-20, Matthew 22:37-38)
If you are Looking for Christ-centered teaching and worship music, you have come to the right place! Here at Fellowship You will be challenged to grow in your relationship with God, pursue relationships with others, and serve the world around you. It is my goal to share practical messages from the Bible that are applicable to your everyday life. It is my prayer that your heart will be touched, and your life will be changed! – Pastor Reggan
Pastor Dave Evans
Dave has been in pastoral ministry for about 30 years. He first came to Fellowship as Youth pastor in 1992 and served until 2009. He served as Senior Pastor of Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church until 2018. Then, in February 2021, he came back to Fellowship as the Associate Pastor. Dave has a degree in Ministry and Administration at Missouri Baptist University and has been married to his lovely bride Edith for 46 years. Together, they have 4 adult children who have blessed them with 11 grandchildren. When he’s not serving or spending time with his family, you can find him on the greens, on the lake, or in the deer stand.
Melissa has served as Worship Leader at Fellowship since 2012. Melissa and her husband Jason, lead the praise band and invite the congregation to the throne each week to experience the presence of God. They have two active boys who plan on following in Mom and Dad’s footsteps.
Kris has served as the Church Secretary since 2000. As our office manager, she keeps us running smoothly and plays a key role in Fellowship’s ministries. She has two grown children, who are married, and 2 beautiful grandchildren.