Stories

Jake and Andrea Hildebrant 

1. How did you get involved with FBC? 

We have three children and we were looking for a place in Murray that had great K-12 and adult ministries. FBC definitely fit the bill with a fantastic K-5 children's department, a new Family Life Center where middle school and high school services take place, and small groups on Sunday nights for grades 6-12. In addition to all of this, FBC offers a variety of Bible studies throughout the year for adults.

 

2. How long have you been attending FBC? 

We have been attending FBC for two years.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about attending FBC? 

The pastor, staff, and members are all really friendly and welcoming. My family also likes the opportunities to serve in local and international missions. The Sunday Schools are fantastic.  Also, Keith Inman is a wonderful pastor full of compassion, and my family really enjoys the praise and worship of the later Sunday morning service.

 

4. What area(s) do you serve our church? 

I serve as a deacon and my wife and I are children's Sunday School teachers and Wednesday night middle school volunteers.

 

5. What is one thing you would say to someone thinking about coming to FBC? 

Do not let preconceived ideas of a large city church prevent you from trying out FBC. With the Sunday School classes and Wednesday night Bible studies, FBC has something to offer for everyone. It is a great church with loving and caring people.

  

Liz Ridley

1. How did you get involved with FBC? 

When we moved to the area, neighbors and co-workers invited us to multiple churches. From our first visit, First Baptist was welcoming and thriving. We knew it was the right place for us and our family!

 

2. How long have you been attending FBC? 

We've been at FBC for 9 years.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about attending FBC? 

The people. We have made some fantastic friendships over the years. It's been incredible developing friendships with people at the church: through praise team, serving in children's ministry, women's discipleship programs, and Sunday School.  

 

4. What area(s) do you serve our church? 

I currently serve in the praise team and children's ministry.

 

5. What is one thing you would say to someone thinking about coming to FBC? 

FBC cares. They care about every person who walks through the door and those that will eventually walk through the door. If you need a place to feel loved, this is it. They will love you and encourage you as you walk this path of life, pointing you to Christ over and over again.

  

Amy Turner

1. How did you get involved with FBC? 

I first starting coming to FBC when I came to college. The BCM had midnight pancakes and Hayley Wring invited me to come to church with her. I got involved a year later when I was approached with the opportunity to serve on the Summer Impact Team during the summer of 2018. 

 

2. How long have you been attending FBC? 

I have been regularly attending FBC since May of 2018.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about attending FBC? 

My favorite thing about FBC is the people. During my time in Summer Impact, I got to know a lot of the church staff and I love and respect them all a lot. I got to meet families and people outside the college realm, which was wonderful. One week I was asked to hand out bulletins and I was excited afterwards because I knew most of the people walking in. I feel loved and seen at FBC and that is really important.

 

4. What area(s) do you serve our church? 

I mostly serve with the youth group. I help with a 7-8th grade girls Sunday School class, I help lead a high school girl discipleship/Bible study, and, most recently, I've started helping with the high schoolers on Wednesday nights. The other area I serve in is the college ministry. I help Erin Clark with the hospitality element of The Net. I fill in whenever needed. 

 

5. What is one thing you would say to someone thinking about coming to FBC? 

As someone who tried several churches coming into college and through internships, I've had some bad experiences and some good experiences. FBC was a place that I have always felt welcomed. It even goes beyond welcomed. I feel loved and seen while I'm here. I was able to quickly find places to serve and get plugged into the community. In the time that I've been here, FBC has come to hold a very special place in my life and in my heart. FBC was and is one of my biggest blessings. It is special to gather weekly in a place where I am loved and get to love deeply while worshiping a very good God.   

  

Pam Williams

1. How did you get involved with FBC? 

When I became a Christian, we chose FBC because they had a wonderful youth program. Our daughter wanted to attend because she had several friends here. Our girls were both very active in youth activities and loved FBC. 

 

2. How long have you been attending FBC? 

We have been attending FBC for 40 years.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about attending FBC? 

The love for the Lord that is demonstrated by the ministers and members is my favorite thing about FBC. We made friends 40 years ago who today are like our family. The opportunities to serve are numerous and to serve with our friends has been a learning experience and a blessing. Not only has our church family grown in numbers, but we have grown spiritually because of others who were more mature and willing to invest time and love in other people. I hope that we are paying that forward! I also love going to MidWeek fellowships and studying the Word in MidWeek Bible studies.

 

4. What area(s) do you serve our church? 

I am currently involved with the ALIVE Sunday School Class, the international ministry, the women’s Shoulder to Shoulder Ministry, Betty Sledd Ladies Mission Group, greeters ministry, and the benevolent ministry.

 

5. What is one thing you would say to someone thinking about coming to FBC? 

Get connected with a Sunday School Class. This is how you can get connected with the church. If you go to a class and it doesn’t fit, try another and another and another until you find a place that you are comfortable. God intended for us to be with other Christians and to fellowship and pray together. I love my Sunday School Class!

  

Genevieve Adams

 

I began coming to FBC in the early 1950s attending Miss Becky's Sunday School class. I later became a Christian and was baptized here. My late husband, Bill, and I grew up in this church, were married here, and were both active members and serving in various ways until his death in 2015. 

 

Our family history runs deep at FBC on both sides. Grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins are all part of our life-long memories. 

 

But, of course, having family nearby is not always the case, and that is where having a "church family" becomes so important. In fact, it is a precious gift. 

 

I believe you will find His blessings among a most caring church family at FBC, a place to worship and serve. 

  

Serenity Dunn

1. How did you get involved with FBC? 

I started getting involved with FBC during my senior year of high school. At the time, my family and I were searching for a home church. We were searching for a faithful church that desired to encourage and teach others to grow in Christ. After searching for quite a while, we found FBC and we immediately began getting plugged in.

 

2. How long have you been attending FBC? 

I have been attending FBC for almost three years now.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about attending FBC? 

My favorite thing about FBC is the community that I have found there. Although I have only been attending for three years, I have met the most loving people who have encouraged me to continue my walk with Christ. They have prayed for me, supported me, and loved on me. I am forever grateful.

 

4. What area(s) do you serve our church? 

Currently, I serve in the children's ministry where I teach the 4th and 5th grade girls on Sunday mornings.

 

5. What is one thing you would say to someone thinking about coming to FBC? 

My family and I found a home here at FBC. We found a place that teaches the love of Christ and evangelism for all ages. I have grown so much in my faith and my calling. I encourage you to find a home here at FBC. I am so blessed God has brought us to find FBC. A place where you belong, where you grow, and where you are loved.

  

Herb and Wanda Edminster 

1. How did you get involved with FBC? 

We retired to Murray in 2004 from Houston, Texas. We have been involved in ministry throughout our adult lives and were looking for a church with an active mission outreach program.  We visited FBC because our son, Warren Edminster, and his family were involved. An added bonus was worshiping together with three generations of our family.

 

2. How long have you been attending FBC? 

We have been coming to FBC since 2004 (almost 20 years) 

 

3. What is your favorite thing about attending FBC? 

Wonderful Christian fellowship, sound preaching of the gospel and outreach activities. We attend the ALIVE (Always Living In View Of Eternity) Sunday School class and have formed such great, supportive friends that have been there for us whenever needed.

 

4. What area(s) do you serve our church? 

Herb serves on the men's ministry team, missions team, and deacon mentoring. Wanda serves on the missions ministry team, World Mission Offering (WMO) Committee and international ministry.

 

5. What is one thing you would say to someone thinking about coming to FBC? 

Come join us. We have a great staff and wonderful programs for children and adults along with outreach opportunities within our community. It is a great place to be. We would like to invite you to our SS Class. We would be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have. 

  

Zach and Lauren Dunlap

1. How did you get involved with FBC? 

Zach went to FBC while he was attending Murray State as an undergraduate. So when we moved to Murray, it was one of the churches that we wanted to visit prior to making a decision to join a church.

 

2. How long have you been attending FBC? 

We moved to Murray in 2012 and started attending FBC Murray at that time.

 

3. What is your favorite thing about attending FBC? 

We love the sense of community and the relationships we've made while at FBC. We also love the activities that are provided for our children and family.

 

4. What area(s) do you serve our church? 

Zach serves as the treasurer for FBC. Lauren is the director of the Mother's Day Out and Preschool Program. Lauren also helps in the rotation with the preschool classes on Wednesday nights. 

 

5. What is one thing you would say to someone thinking about coming to FBC? 

We are a welcoming congregation with various opportunities to connect with others or serve. There's a place for anyone and everyone at FBC Murray! 

  

First Baptist Church

203 S. 4th Street ​

 Murray, KY 42071

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

270-753-1854

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