First Baptist Church of Columbia is a vibrant community of Christ-followers striving not for uniformity, but for unity that can only come through the work of the Holy Spirit. In our call to be one as Christ has proclaimed, we seek to treat diversity with respect and love, and nurture our faith as we journey together in the work of God's Kingdom.
Our Sundays are filled with opportunities to worship God while building a faithful community. We invite you to join us for our Awakening service at 9:15am or our Traditional Hybrid worship at 11:15am on Sundays.
We value our kids and students not just as the future of our church, but also the present. Our young people are invited to join in the worship and leadership of our community. Building a foundation of faith while developing a passion for Christ and the Church is essential to all of our ministry efforts.
We believe that what we do within each ministry should flow purposefully out of what we value and love. Our ministries are designed to build community and faith. We offer a mix of life stage/ affinity groups as well as inter-generational opportunities to connect the entire body of Christ.
Pastor of Youth, Missions and Administration office: 573-442-1149
Michael came to First Baptist Church in 2012 when his wife, Carol, was called to serve as the senior pastor. In March of 2013, Michael accepted the position of Associate Pastor to Youth, College and Young Adults, and Missions. He has more than 15 years of experience leading student ministry in churches in Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri. Michael is currently pursuing his doctorate of ministry in Youth, Family and Culture at Fuller Seminary and wrote a chapter for the 2016 book, Adoptive Youth Ministry. Michael loves working with churches and ministries to help them understand the changing landscape of adolescence and how the church can effectively work to adopt students into the Kingdom of God. Michael enjoys traveling, riding his motorcycle, spending time with his family on the trails around Columbia, and being Nate and Marin's dad.