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Christian denominations

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5,000 local congregations

comprised of 1.3 million

members across the United

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WHO WE ARE

Kristy Horstman

Our family loves growing closer to God together and loving our daily lives treating people as we feel Jesus would treat them. We don't always succeed at this and are so thankful for God's grace and opportunities to try again!

OUR CHURCH AT A GLANCE

                                                                         First Baptist Church

                                                                         Here at First Baptist Church, we are             

                                                                         dedicated to you and all your needs.


                                                                         First Baptist Church, Fremont was founded                                                                             15 years after the creation of Nebraska 

                                                                         Territory and 2 years after its admission as 

                                                                         a state in 1869.  The founders met and held

                                                                         services in a private residence at 520 East 

                                                                         5th Street, which still stands today as the

                                                                         second oldest structure in Fremont. 

The group called its first pastor in 1870; there have been 28 pastors in total over the 146 years since.


The church has had three church buildings as it has outgrown facilities and replaced one structure destroyed by fire.  The current church was dedicated on Sunday, February 4, 1923.  In 1955 a three-story education wing was added to double the floor area and provide a kitchen, multipurpose room, chapel, and parlor as well as classrooms.  A 1994 renovation added an elevator making all floors accessible.  The house next door to the church, called the Beacon, has served as a parsonage and as offices and now is renovated to provide housing again.  


Through the years the church has also acquired additional property on the block containing the church.  A 6,400 square foot commercial building and parking lot was acquired in 1990, just off the back corner of the church.  This building houses three local businesses and the FBC Family Center, which offers space for the casual service and multipurpose event space. 


FBC has made every effort to keep up with advances in technology with the sound system, video, and computer capabilities.  Church services are recorded and shown on the local cable channel every Tuesday at 1:00 pm.  Sermons are also uploaded to the church website.


In 1986 an endowment trust fund was established with a generous estate bequest

of almost $150,000 from two members of our congregation.  The endowment has

provided almost $180,000 for capital improvements and funds for ministries beyond

the annual church budget.  Since its inception, additional donations have increased the endowment to $475,000.  The most recent upgrades are a remodeling of the main kitchen and current updating and replacing windows.  Renovations to the sanctuary are also being planned.


From 1981 to 2015 FBC sponsored a daycare center in the church and Family Center.  At the beginning it was one of the few alternatives in town, and an effective service and outreach of the church to the community.  However, after continuing financial losses and a need for extensive work to meet changing standards, the daycare was closed. 

FBC is currently looking for new ways to serve the community.  We have an active bus ministry for the Wednesday night programs using a 15 passenger van and both 14 and 28 passenger buses.  These provide transportation for youth and adult group activities as well as transportation for those who otherwise would find it difficult to attend church services and activities.

 

MEET OUR STAFF

Rev. Richard Crooks

The Rev. Richard Crooks didn’t intend to be a pastor. But encouragement from a friend and some reflection would help start him on a path that now has led him to Fremont.