The following are the core beliefs of First Baptist Church Jacksonville Beach based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
God has revealed himself to us through his son, Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the invisible God, the holy scriptures, and through all of creation itself.
Humans, both male and female, were created in God’s image for His glory. The first humans, Adam and Eve, were created without sin and appointed as caretakers of the rest of God’s creations.
When Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by faith, as their Lord and Savior. That is why salvation can be found in Christ alone.
The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God’s kingdom on earth.
Our full statement of faith can be found by reading The Baptist Faith and Message.
John joined the Navy and while he was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center he became a follower of Jesus. He was discipled immediately in a life-on-life relationship. John has led and discipled men over the years in these kinds of disciple-making engagements. He departed the Navy in 1998 because he knew the Lord was drawing him to the ministry as a calling.
John has served as a Lead Pastor and as a Staff member over the years. He has earned a Bachelors from Luther Rice, a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was able to influence and inspire leaders seeing ministry expansion.
Pastor John accepted the call as Senior Pastor, Sunday December, 13, 2020 at First Baptist Church Jacksonville Beach.
John has been married to his bride (Pam) for 45 years and are the proud parents of two children.
Leading the congregation in Worship and Praise every Sunday morning is our Worship Leader, Jeff Marinos. His energetic spirit and heartfelt approach to servant leadership make him an excellent Worship Leader. Together with Kim Clayton our Pianist, they put together the weekly music program for the church, choosing songs that are relevant to all generations.
Music Ministry/Worship Leader – Jeff Marinos
Finance Ministry – Martha Primosh
Deacons Ministry – Chair- Jim Oaks
Children’s Director – Kim Malone
The Prayer Warriors Ministry led by Norm and Denise Dize
The Shoebox Ministry led by Jean Langston
Ladies Bible Study led by Linda Bass
Hospice Sewing Ministry led by Martie Guthrie, Linda Bass and Martha Primosch
USO No Dough dinner; Blessings in a Backpack Ministry led by Linda Bass
We offer an authentic worship experience that is led by our pastor and worship team. There is childcare available and activities for all age groups. Come a few minutes early to grab a cup of Maple Street coffee while you fellowship and meet new people