Our Pastor: Reverend Doug Wright
Raised in Maine, I attended college first in Ohio and then at Texas Tech, where I majored in Business Administration. It was while attending Texas Tech that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. I became involved in the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (recently renamed Cru) and after graduation, became a member of the full time staff. I spent two years on staff at Brown University in Providence, RI and then three years at the University of Vermont, the last two serving as the campus director. While on staff of CCC, I met my future wife Connie and we were married in May 1980. After five years with CCC, we left staff and I took a position with one of my previous supporters as a sales manager overseeing three auto part stores. The call into ministry led me to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in So. Hamilton, MA, where I graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1988. Following graduation I became the pastor of the Ramah Baptist Parish which consisted of the Ambrose Baptist Church in Marion Center, PA and the Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Crooked Creek, PA. I was ordained at the Ambrose Baptist Church on March 12, 1989. I spent five years with the Ramah Baptist Parish before relocating to Cincinnati, Ohio where I became the pastor of the Pleasant Run First Baptist Church. Following eleven years in Cincinnati, I moved to Ashtabula, Ohio where I became the pastor of the First Baptist Church. I served as the pastor in Ashtabula for eleven years before retiring in 2015. My wife Connie is a native of Clearfield, PA and we have been blessed with three wonderful children, three children in-laws, and four delightful grandchildren (with one more due on Christmas Day). My wife Connie works fulltime as a supervisor with CenClear Family Services. Interests include reading, traveling, sports, and history. A perfect day would include time reading the Bible, a nice hike in the woods on a seasonably warn fall day, a quiet meal with my wife, , and a plateful of warm chocolate chip cookies.
The First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on April 19, 1892. OUR MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to make disciples by reaching, teaching, training, baptizing, and going into the world. We exist to exalt God, equip followers of Jesus, evangelize the world for Him, and serve Him with our gifts and talents. OUR BIBLICAL DOCTRINE: 1. We believe the Holy Bible is our only standard of truth. The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word uniquely designed to enable us to know, follow and live in Him. We choose to make it the absolute rule of faith and practice in our lives and the ultimate authority for our values, traditions and practices. II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 3:16-17 2. We believe that there is only one God eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 45:5-7, II Corinthians 13:14 3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension into Heaven where He sits at the right hand of His Father, and in His personal return to this earth in power and glory. Philippians 2:5-8, I Corinthians 15:1-4 4. We believe that humans are created in the image of God, but we are sinful and have fallen from our relationship with God. We need salvation that can only come from God’s grace and mercy. Genesis 1:26-27, Isaiah 43:7 5. We believe that our salvation is by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Faith leads us to a life of believing in the cross and resurrection; confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior; repenting (turning away from sin and turning towards God); being baptized by immersion into Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection; and living the transformed life of worship as shown throughout Scripture. Luke 24:45-47, Ephesians 2:8 6. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit who is constantly working in our lives, changing us, equipping us and empowering us to live a holy, fruitful life. Galatians 5:16-25 7. We believe in the church, the local communion of believers, who are called to worship God, to reach the lost with the Gospel, to fellowship with each other, to equip her members, and to minister to people’s needs. Hebrews 10:24-25, I Corinthians 1:2 8. We believe in this Blessed Hope – the Second Coming of Christ. He will come to judge the living and the dead according to their deeds. Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior will go on to Heaven, and those who reject Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will be eternally lost in Hell. Acts 24:14-15, I Corinthians 15:20-23, Revelation 20.