Partners in Ministry and Growth

So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them, and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word." Acts 6:2-4

Our Deacon Ministry seeks to follow the biblical example established by the early disciples as Spirit-filled men who were chosen and set aside to be servant partners with the pastor and staff. Deacons assist our pastor and staff in all areas of ministry, service, support, and leadership to the family of God.

First Baptist has an active deacon body made up of twenty-one men. The deacon body is divided up into seven ministry teams that give focus to seven primary ministries each month. The ministry responsibilities are as follows:

• New Members
 • Crisis Care
 • Homebound/Nursing Home
 • Encouragement Ministry
 • Widows/Widowers
 • Leadership Care
 • Guests/Prospects

Our deacons meet each month to pray for the church and organize their ministry teams. If you would like more information on our deacon ministry feel free to contact the church or visit with one of our deacons. 

Our Active Deacons for 2016-2017

Garrett Anderson
Ken Bates
Gary Conlay
Jerry Ferguson
Garry Giddens
Bill Ebarb
Benny Hatcher
Byron Johnson
Stephen Elliott
Chuck Herrington
Mike McGrath
David Kees
Warren Massia
Steve Murphy
Rick Terrell
 Hunter Mullikin
Mark Swafford
Brandt Vickers
Tim Murchison
Craig Vercher
Sam Watson


FBC Natchitoches Deacon Qualification

The Qualifications of a deacon are based on the qualifications found in I Timothy 3:8-13.

 We believe the deacon should live a consecrated Christian life, bringing no reproach by his conduct upon the church or the cause of Christ.

 He should be a servant committed to meeting the needs of our church family.

 He should be a man of the Word holding the mysteries of the faith with a pure conscience. 

He should be a man deeply committed to his family who understands that loving and serving his wife and children is a powerful testimony of his faith. 


A Deacon's Prayer

"Heavenly Father, I come to you with a humble heart and a sincere desire to be a deacon who accomplishes the work assigned to me. Help me to submit myself to you, my pastor, and this dear church family you have called me to serve. As I serve, I am going to give my best to put you first, others second, and myself last. In Jesus' name, Amen. "