First Baptist ChurchWichita Falls, TX

A Message from our Pastor

47 years of faithful service

Howard and Dorcas Chapman

Sunday, June 4th, we will celebrate 47 years of ministry of Howard (“Chief”) and Dorcas Chapman with our church.  We will hold a reception in their honor beginning at 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  At 12:10 p.m. we will look back on a few highlights of their years of ministry with us.

Their faithful service began in May, 1969 when Chief was called to be our Recreation Ministry.  One of the pioneers in the new field of ministry, Chief also worked with our younger youth.  Our church was blessed to get a “two-for” with Dorcas as she was to hold a number of different positions with our church including working with students, both junior/senior high as well as grade school age and serving as our church hostess.  For a time she also oversaw our custodial staff.  Chief moved into a new avenue of ministry in the 80’s as he once again became a pioneer in the field of Senior Adult Ministry.  While in this role, he began the Glory Choir, Fellow Trippers and the Word of Truth televised Sunday School.  For years now Chief has also spearheaded our Prayer Ministry, the Pastor’s Prayer Partners and our Homebound Ministry.

Countless lives have been impacted by the Chapmans and their multiple ministries here at our church.  We all wish them many happy years in the next phase of their lives.

Thank You, Sterling Sellman

Sensing a new call of God in his life, our College Pastor, Sterling Sellman has resigned that position effective May 31.  Sterling began his formal ministry in our church while serving under the leadership of Brady Sharp as Associate College Pastor.  When Brady left to become our Campus Pastor at our Church at Sheppard fellowship, Sterling stepped into the ministry roll of College Pastor.  During the past three years as College Pastor, he has served our college students well.  During that time he also married his sweetheart, Stephanie. 

Now Sterling feels the Lord is leading both he and Stephanie to another area of ministry.  They will be missed by those who serve alongside them as well as by our college students.  Sunday, May 28th, we will recognize Sterling in the 11:00 a.m. service and give everyone the opportunity to show their appreciation for his years of ministry here at First Baptist Church.  Let us commit to praying for them as the Lord guides them to their next area of service.