Our church motto is A Church Without Walls. We want to be open and visible to the people of Middletown. We want to be seen as a church without boundaries in our missions, ministries, and evangelism. Our goal is to be a welcome center for God's kingdom in our community. We follow the model of Christ who welcomed both women and men to His service in every area of church life.
First Baptist Church was founded in 1920 by several Baptist churches in Jefferson County. The founding preacher was Dr. Mordecai Ham, a world-renowned vocational evangelist who lived in nearby Anchorage. Dr. Ham, just a decade later, would lead a young Billy Graham to Christ in a crusade in North Carolina. Dr. and Mrs. Ham stayed active in the church giving key leadership until he accepted a pastorate in Oklahoma in the late 1920s.
The church bought the current property and built the sanctuary building in 1925. For over eighty years, the church has reached out to the community of Middletown from right here on Main Street.
The church has adopted its own Statement of Faith. First Baptist Church partners for mission causes with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky, and Eastern Area Community Ministries.
An E-Giving portal is available for online giving. Registration is required (top right box), but once banking information is setup, subsequent visits to the site are only necessary for changes to your account.
Jim has been the pastor of the First Baptist Church since November, 1999. He is married to Cristi. Their oldest son, Bryan, is married to Elizabeth and they live in Louisville. Their middle son, Bennett, is a “gearhead” and plans to study Automotive Technology at JCC. Baylor, the youngest son, is a senior at Eastern High School and is on the staff of the JROTC as a Cadet Captain; he is also working on his Eagle Scout rank. Buddy the Beagle completes the family.
Jim holds the BA in Religion from Baylor University (1981); the Master of Divinity (1984); the Master of Theology (1993); and the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Sociology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a native of Springfield, Missouri. He has previously served churches in Waco, Texas; Springfield, Missouri; and Louisville. Jim was ordained by the National Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. Jim has traveled often to the Middle East and led many mission trips, both nationally and internationally.
Cristi is the Director of Activities and Transportation at Treyton Oak Towers, a luxury retirement residence, in downtown Louisville. She is a native of Columbia, Missouri. She holds the Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri.
Jim’s favorite scripture is the 139th Psalm. He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Leslie joined the staff of First Baptist in January, 1996. Her ministry includes planning and leading the music for worship, directing the Children and Adult Choirs, encouraging the Senior Adult Ministry of the church, and being an active part in the lives of the church family and all its ministries.
Leslie’s education includes a Bachelor of Music Education degree (1983) from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, and the Master in Church Music degree (1996) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. She is a native of Louisville and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the First Baptist Church of Middletown in 2002. Before coming to Middletown she served churches in Alabama and Indiana.
As a soprano soloist, Leslie enjoys singing at community events and for local church programs. She is the musical director of the church’s annual Broadway on Main show during the Middletown Festival in September. Outside of church, she enjoys working in her yard, walking and spending time with family and friends.
“First Baptist Middletown is such an important part of my life. Through the ups and downs of my own life during the last twenty years, this church has been a family to me. I am so thankful to God for allowing me to serve such a loving church!” She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David has been the Minister of Families at First Baptist Church since April 2002. He is responsible for the church's ministry to youth, children, and preschoolers and their families. David married DeAnna Banister in 1991. They began a three-year adoption process that resulted in bringing home two beautiful children (Jonathan and LeeAnn) from Taiwan on April 1, 2014. The children jumped into the life of the church upon entering the US, even attending children’s camp just two months after becoming US citizens!
David earned the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (1985) from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green where he minored in Theater. That background has helped him in his many roles in the church's annual production of "Broadway On Main", including writing the script, from 2013 to present. In 1987, David served as a Summer/Semester missionary to Schweinfurt, Germany. He was awarded the Master of Divinity in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1990. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the First Baptist Church of Martinsburg, West Virginia.
David's interests are diverse, from movies, reading, and writing, to softball, bowling, and ping-pong.
David's favorite scripture verse is Romans 12:12. He says, "I have found this scripture to be both hopeful and comforting, and one I could turn to in every situation." He can be contacted at email@example.com.
Church Office: (502) 245-7889
Church Fax: (502) 245-7945
Dr. Jim Cobban, Pastor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Leslie Halfacre, Minister of Music and Senior Adults - email@example.com
Rev. David Lyninger, Minister of Families - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Darryl Elster, Minister of Education and Technology - email@example.com
Ms. June Dean, Church Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebration Hall is located at 11721 Main Street. Formerly the Peterson Hardware Building, it was renovated completely in 2005. It is a beautiful, highly functional building that is now available for outside rentals. Celebration Hall has a large main room that will seat 220 at table and chairs and 400 in chairs. It has a movable stage, room dividers, round tables and chairs to seat 170, a professional sound system, all in a tastefully decorated and lit environment. The kitchen is appropriate for catering with three small ovens, two large sinks, a refrigerator, and a chest freezer. The restrooms are completely new and tastefully decorated. Celebration Hall is handicapped accessible as both the front and rear entrances are at ground level. Ample parking is immediately adjacent to the building. The rental contact is Mrs. Vicky Nallia who can be reached at (502) 599-3503.