In response to the call of God, the mission of First Baptist Waynesboro is to be a family of believers who proclaim the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ. We fulfill this calling through worship, education, fellowship, prayer, and missions in the community and the world.
First Baptist has a long and rich history of being an innovative and dedicated Virginia Baptist church. It also proudly recognizes the call of women deacons and the ordination of women into gospel ministry. Some of our core values include:
- Soul Freedom – We believe in the priesthood of all believers. We affirm the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without the imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government.
- Bible Freedom – We believe in the authority of Scripture. We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central to the life of the individual and the church. We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
- Church Freedom – We believe in the autonomy of every local church; that churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whomever they perceive as gifted for ministry, and to participate as they deem appropriate in the larger Body of Christ.
- Religious Freedom – We believe in freedom of religion, freedom for religion, and freedom from religion. We support the separation of church and state.
Today the church is known in the community for being a place of warmth, caring, innovation, community and global involvement with a strong commitment to worship.