Who We Are

First Baptist Church began in 1868 as Antioch Baptist Church. Though our faces and buildings have changed since those early days, First Baptist's mission to reach the community for Christ has not. We believe the Bible to be our manual, and Christ to be our example.

Each Sunday we worship in Traditional, Contemporary/Blended styles (as well as in a Spanish-language service). We offer varied Bible Study classes designed for all ages and interests. We believe it is important to begin teaching the Bible and showing the love of Christ even to the youngest of our church family -- the Newborns and Preschoolers. We also have vital Children's and Student ministries that teach the Bible in fun, innovative ways, challenging kids to make a lifelong commitment to serving the Lord and reaching out to our community.

On Wednesdays, we offer a variety of activities for all ages as well. We have an Adult Sanctuary Choir, Children's Choirs, Youth Discipleship Training, Fellowship Supper, and Bible Study/Prayer Time for adults.

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First Baptist Church of Garland
801 W Ave. D, Garland, Texas 75040
Senior Pastor, Dr. Greg Ammons


Our Staff

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Dr. Greg Ammons
Senior Pastor
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Eli Gutierrez
Minister to Hispanic Congregation
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Dane Hernandez
Minister of Young Adults and Assimilation
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Mark Hill
Minister of Music & Worship
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Michael Murrie
Minister to Students
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Dennis Neal
Executive Pastor
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Jack E. Schmid
Minister to Senior Adults
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Jim Witt
Minister of Missions Mobilization
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Sarah Wyatt
Minister to Children and Families
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Camden Ammons
Pastoral Intern
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Elizabeth Andrade
Technical Arts Assistant
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Sarah Ruth Arden
Women's Ministry Coordinator
Kristen Beasley
Willow Director
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Freida Bennett
General Music Assistant
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Tracy Blakely
Multi-Channel Communications Assistant
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Teresa Brown
Missions Ministry Assistant
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Amber Bryant
Recreation Ministry Director
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Robert Carstens
Maintenance Technician
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Terri Carter
Pastoral Ministry Assistant
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Lynn Christie
Praise Singers Director
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Alyson Davidson
Student Ministry Assistant
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Lisa Davis
Business Office Assistant
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Shannon Fears
Senior Pastor Ministry Assistant
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Valdo Filho
Hispanic Minister of Music
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Brad Giesecke
Technical Arts Director
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Cathy Gharis
Executive Pastor Assistant
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Charlotte Greenhaw
Assistant Minister of Missions
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Richard Harrell
Business Administrator
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Preston Hearne
Student Ministry Associate
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Erika Hernandez
Hispanic Ministry Assistant
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Melissa Jennings
Receptionist & Pastoral Care Ministry Assistant
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Blake Johnson
Recreation Ministry Associate
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Kelly Johnson
Records & Young Adults Assistant
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Georgia Kornegay
Church Pianist & Orchestra Rehearsal Director
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Cathy Ledbetter
Recreation Ministry Assistant
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Clay Mobley
Music & Worship Associate
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Denise Morris
Preschool Ministry Associate
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Michelle Naylor
Childcare Director
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Mike Palmer
Facilities Manager
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Tamara Palmer
Music Ministry Assistant
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Dolores Peña
Children's Associate to Hispanic Ministry
Richard Ponder
Church Organist
Christina Ritter
Middle School Choir Director
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Connie Roberts
Contributions Assistant
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Heather Sanderson
Multi-Channel Communications Director
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Stephen Schutter
Maintenance Technician
Debbie Shermer
Assistant Director - The Willow
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Rebecca Sliger
Children's Choir Coordinator
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Greg Thurman
Food Services Director
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James Thurman

Our Beliefs

There is one God.

There is one God. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit subsist in unity, and also as three separate distinct Persons.

Jesus Christ is God’s Son.

Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He was born of a virgin as both God and man, lived a sinless life, died to atone for the sins of human beings, was buried, arose from the grave, ascended into heaven and will literally return to earth.

The Holy Spirit is the divine helper, assistant, counselor and instructor.

The Holy Spirit is the divine helper, assistant, counselor and instructor, and His work is to reveal Christ, convict of sin, lead to repentance, guide believers, comfort, strengthen, and sanctify the soul.

The Bible is God’s Holy Word.

The Bible is God’s Holy Word, without error, and is the sole authority for life.

Human beings are the special creations of God.

Human beings are the special creations of God, made in His image. They fell through the sin of the first man, Adam, and all human beings are sinners in need of salvation.

Salvation is a gift through repentance toward God.

Salvation is a gift through repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity in heaven, while those who die in their sins will spend eternity in hell.

Baptism is by immersion after salvation.

Baptism is by immersion after salvation and is done in obedience to Jesus Christ’s command.

The Lord’s Supper is observed in accordance with the Bible’s teaching.

The Lord’s Supper is observed in accordance with the Bible’s teaching, “Do this in remembrance of me."
Each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head.

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Phone: 972-276-7194
Email: Webmaster
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–Noon

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First Baptist Church

Phone: 972-276-7194

Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–Noon

The Willow
Child Development Center

Phone: 972-272-3221
Email: Kristen Beasley, [email protected]
Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

McDonald Activity Center (MAC)

Phone: 972-276-5273

Monday:  8 a.m.–6 p.m.
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8 a.m.–Noon

Prayer Room

Phone: 972-487-1729

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Friendship House

Phone: 972-272-1010
Monday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m.–Noon (Open for food/clothing for homeless only)
Thursdays: 10 a.m.–11 a.m. (Drive thru food distribution)
Fridays: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (food donations drop off, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.)

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