First Baptist ChurchWichita Falls, TX

A Message from our Pastor

We are unveiling an exciting new strategy for our Lawton/Fort Sill campus.  Two years ago, we launched this fellowship of our church.  While we have seen God do some great things, we believe there is far more potential for this ministry.  It is time for us to try a new strategy.  Between now and August 1, we will be transitioning the ministry in Lawton from a satellite campus to a church plant.

There is a difference between a satellite campus and a church plant.  A satellite campus is designed to be a permanent part of the larger church.  The goal of a church plant is for campus to eventually become a fully autonomous, self-sustaining independent church.   The leadership is also different.  At our satellite campus, the teaching comes from the senior pastor.  At a church plant, the local pastor will preach the Bible and cast vision each Sunday.  While First Baptist Church will continue to provide financial support and accountability, our plan is for a gradual transition and growth to a healthy church.

We also announced at the Church at Sheppard that Brady Sharp will be leaving to become the pastor of the congregation in Lawton.  For eight years, Brady has served our church well as college pastor then at the Church at Sheppard.  For some time, he has sensed God leading him toward church planting.  I am thankful that he and Melissa have sensed God’s call to relocate to Lawton and invest their lives with these great people.

God is moving in our congregation.  It is exciting to be a part of a church where we see the Lord moving and changing lives.