Fifty three members met on Sunday, January 15, 1961, for the first regular services of this new mission. The church was organized on March 12, 1961, with a Charter Membership of 45. The name of Valley Baptist Church was chosen for the new work, even though it was still a mission. It is interesting to note that although the church had voted in 1962 to change its name to First Baptist Church, it was still called Valley Baptist Church. The church again voted to change its name on May 4, 1966. Finally, in the September minutes the name First Baptist Church was used for the first time as the official name of the church.
Since January 15, 1961, the church has had 26 pastors. Our current pastor, Stacy A. Johnson, who became pastor on October 1, 1999, has shepherded our congregation the longest in the church’s 48 year history.
“We are deeply grateful to our Lord that He has preserved us as a church and maintains a witness for Himself in this city and community. It is with gratitude to those of the past who have labored to establish this church in this place, and with praise to God for all that He has done. It is with faith and anticipation that we face the years ahead, firm in the conviction that our God has greater and more fruitful years ahead for us who serve Him in this fellowship.” (quoted from the 25th anniversary of the First Baptist Church). Twenty-five years later, we are still deeply grateful and we still are looking forward with faith and anticipation to the years ahead. We continue to have the firm conviction that our God has greater and more fruitful years ahead for us.
It is only two years until we will celebrate the golden anniversary of worshipping in the San Jacinto area. In 1996 the congregation began meeting in our present location at 841 Evans and has grown from 45 to 174.
Many new programs and many new faces have blended with familiar older forms of worship. First Corinthians: 7-9 says “So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” V. 11 says “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. “
Pastor Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of San Jacinto
After serving in churches in Mississippi and Louisiana, Pastor Stacy moved from his native home of Mississippi in 1998 to continue his ministry training at The Masters Seminary in Sun Valley, California. In October of 1999, Stacy was called to become the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of San Jacinto. Pastor Stacy and his wife Virginia were married in 1991, and have two children, Anna and Drake. Stacy received his Bachelor of General Studies from William Carey College and has completed work for a Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisiana and graduated with an MDiv from The Masters Seminary in the spring of 2006.
David Regier is First Baptist Church of San Jacinto’s Minister of Music and Worship Leader.
Dave has been active in music ministry since the age of thirteen. Dave received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, CO in 1989. He studied music at Tabor College in Hillsboro KS and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. David spent 11 years at Southwest Christian Church in Temecula as worship leader, and for the last four years he has been the choir director at Kindred Community Church in Anaheim Hills, CA.
David has also written numerous songs for worship, choir, and performance. His song, “All Glory”, was published by Word Music and is sung in churches around the world. His songs are based on scripture, and intended for the body of Christ to fulfill Colossians 3:16, singing to each other with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs glorifying God.
Stacy is our Church Secretary and office management head.
Mark is our Outreach Chaplain
First Baptist Church of San Jacinto is a family joined together by salvation. This is something we cannot earn, but receive by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our belief is that the Bible is the one, true, inerrant word of God; perfect and complete.
We exist to bring honor and glory to the Lord and seek to grow our relationship with Christ through Prayer, Bible study, Fellowship, Evangelism, and Worship. We also pray God may use us to reach the lost that they may accept Him as their one true Savior and discover His purpose for their lives. Our doors are open and we welcome anyone who would want to come and join our worship.