9:30 a.m. Bible Study
10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
5:00 p.m. Bible Drill Grades 3-6
6:00 p.m. Children’s Choir Grades K-6
6:00 p.m. Evening Worship in the Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. Home Study Groups
6:30 p.m. Community-wide Gospel Meal (September-May)
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Chad A. Edgington, Senior Pastor
Our Mission & Vision
The mission of First Baptist Olney is to make disciples by loving God, loving others, and magnifying the name of Jesus Christ in all that we do. We believe The vision of our church is to see each member of our fellowship growing in Jesus, serving Him, and sharing His unconditional love with others. We place a high priority on the preaching and teaching of the Bible because the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ guides our actions and builds within us a common desire to glorify God. FBC Olney has served the community since it was founded in 1896. We are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Our pastoral staff recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Brother Chad has served as our Pastor since August 2013. He and his beautiful wife, Melissa, met while they were students at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, and married while Chad was pursuing a music career in Nashville. While in Tennessee, they taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades at a private school and Chad served as the Youth Minister at the Park Avenue Baptist Church located in the historic Sylvan Park Neighborhood. Chad is a 2004 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Theology at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining our church staff, Chad served as the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Wake Village, Texas. Chad is also a licensed attorney and spent time practicing criminal and family law before entering full-time pastoral ministry. Chad served as a deacon at First Baptist Church Eastland, Texas, and has held other ministry positions at FBC McCamey and FBC Blanket. Melissa is a stay-at-home blogging mom. You can follow her at www.yourmomhasablog.com. Chad and Melissa have three wonderful children, Adelade, Sawyer, and Emerald. The Edgingtons enjoy spending time together and with friends. Chad enjoys playing and writing music and following the Cowboys, the Rangers, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders!
C.J.’s main responsibility is overseeing the discipleship of our students in grades 6-12. Prior to joining the FBCO staff in August 2013, C.J. served as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church, Throckmorton, Texas. He is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. C.J. is married to the lovely McKenzie and they have two sons, Brylen and Brayden. C.J. and McKenzie have a heart for relational student ministry, emphasizing the importance of each member of the youth group and their unique personality and gifting.
Jan Simmons, Ministry Assistant
Jan Simmons is FBC Olney’s secret weapon. The answer to most questions that come up in the church office is “Ask Jan!” It is an inspiration to see how Jan shows love and attention to every person who comes into the church office with a need. In addition to being the greatest church secretary in the world, Jan is also the wife to Rodney Simmons. Jan and Rodney have three sons, three wonderful daughters in-law, and seven incredible grandchildren. Jan has been the church secretary at FBCO since August 1992.
Sandy Grubbs, Ministry Assistant
Sandy serves as the financial secretary and the Pastor’s secretary. Sandy has worked at FBC Olney since November 2013. She has an incredible heart for the people she serves- not simply as an employee, but as an ambassador for Jesus Christ. In addition to keeping the books for FBCO, Sandy also keeps track of the finances for the Olney Ministerial Alliance. Sandy lives in Jean, Texas, and is member of First Baptist Church of Jean, Texas. She is a member of the Hamilton Hospital Auxiliary and is an animal lover.
What we believe:
First Olney does not have an official statement of faith. However, you will find
that our views and practices are similar to most Southern Baptist Churches in the area.
This is a link to discussion of basic Southern Baptist beliefs
A Place for You to Belong, Serve, and Give!
Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of First Baptist Olney is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. FBCO members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing and leading worship. The following is an just an overview of some of our ministries where you can grow and serve.
First Baptist Olney is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending missionaries and supporting these missionaries through our prayers and the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. A portion of every dollar received during our offertory giving goes directly to the the mission fields both overseas and here at home. The Cooperative program is a genius giving program implemented in 1925. Since then it has funded the largest missionary effort in the history of Christianity. Through the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Churches support approximately 5,624 missionaries who are engaging 655 people groups of populations greater than 100,000 around the world. The program also supports mission work and church planting in North America. The North American Mission Board plants more than 1,000 churches each year through the efforts of more than 5,000 North American Missionaries. Our Cooperative Program giving also supports the 6 Southern Baptist Seminaries, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the efforts of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Annual Special Mission Offerings
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, International Missions
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, North American Missions
Mary Hill Davis Offering, State Missions through the Women’s Missionary Union of Texas Baptists
Giving to the Bi-Fork Baptist Association
Giving to Chaparral Baptist Assembly
Bible Study/Sunday School
Serving the Gospel Meal
Every Wednesday night during the school year our church hosts a meal offered to anyone in the community who wishes to come. We meet in the church fellowship hall. Different groups share the responsibility for the meal each week. The food and fellowship are fantastic. If you would like to help serve on one of the teams, call the church office and sign-up.
Ministry of Helps
Every Monday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. the food closet is open to anyone who in need of groceries. The food closet is located at 929 Bluebonnet in Olney. This ministry is always in need of volunteers to serve those in need.
Our benevolence ministry consists of a team of church members from diverse backgrounds who care about poverty alleviation in our community. The team considers each request for help and tries tries to find available resources that best fit the need of each applicant.
From time to time groups from our church feel led to participate in short-term mission trips locally or in another country. We do not do short-term missions for the sake of taking trips or “Christianizing” a vacation. It is important to follow God’s leading and to realize that sometimes the best use of our funds is to send resources directly to missionaries on the field rather than spending that money on travel. However, there are times when these trips are appropriate and well worth the expense in order for us to catch a vision of what God is doing elsewhere in the world.
A talented group of our members play instruments and lead our congregational worship each week. Smaller groups play for the youth during their Wednesday evening gathering. Our Sunday morning worship style is blended. We incorporate music that touches on the wide spectrum of gospel themes. We sing songs that are God-glorifying, theologically true, and proper for congregational worship. We do not judge a song based on how old it is. Therefore, we sing songs that were written long ago and those that were written very recently, recognizing that judging a song based on its age is a silly criteria. If you are a talented and skilled musically, our worship team may be a place of service for you. However because this is a very visible leadership role, there is a waiting period and code of conduct to which team members must adhere before serving.
Ushers & Greeters
The usher & Greeter team fills an important role at First Olney. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher and greeter team is a servant-hearted group of men and women whose ministry is integral to our church life.
Media & Technology
Marriages can be difficult to maintain. Misunderstanding, confusion, resentment, and anger can flare up in any marriage. Our pastor and his wife serve other families as marriage counselors. It is their hope that by listening, understanding, helping, and encouraging struggling couples, by God’s grace, marriages can saved and relationships repaired. We believe that every couple can find fresh hope and new joy in a warm and fulfilling relationship with their spouse through Christ. The pastor maintains a regular schedule for counseling. Please contact the church office if you need an appointment.
Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. First Olney is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Throughout the week people pray for our pastors, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. Each Wednesday, the church comes together for a special time of prayer and Bible study in our beautiful parlor room.
In order to give our children the best Bible teaching possible, First Olney holds a children’s church service in conjunction with the main service. This special time gives kids more opportunity for interaction and learning in a context and manner that may be better suited to their age and learning styles. Our friendly children’s church volunteers have an endless stream of creativity–ranging from puppet shows, to games, to object lessons. Ages Kindergarten -Second Grade may attend children’s church. The children are dismissed by the pastor following the congregational worship.
How Do I Meet People?
First Baptist Olney is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at First Baptist Olney. The way to jump right in to being a part of First Olney is to attend a Sunday School class. Our Sunday School is the largest organization in our church. This is the way you can connect to the life of the church. It is hard to really feel that you belong if you don’t make Sunday School a regular part of your week. In Sunday School you will make relationships, find accountability, find answers for the hard problems, find a shoulder to cry on, find a place to serve others, and on top of that you will have a great Bible lesson each week from teachers who consider it their ministry to care for you! So what are you waiting for? Below you can find out a little bit about the class you will attend:
Adult 1 Pastor’s Class (20s & 30-somethings) Chad & Melissa Edgington, Chuck & Barbara Calvin, teachers
Adult 2 Fruit Boat Class (30s & 40s) Ron & Melody Rogers, Gunter Rodriguez, Doug McCutcheon, teachers
Adult 3 Men’s Class (40s – 60’s) Bob McQuerry, teacher
Adult 3 Ladies’ Class (40s – 60s) Jan Tyler, teacher
Adult 3 Couples Class (40s – 60s) Don Berry, teacher
Adult 4 Fidelis Class (Ladies 70 & up) Verma Fobbs, teacher
Adult 4 Alathean Class (Ladies 65 & up) Rosalee Myers, teacher
Adult 4 Chapel Class (65 & up Co-ed) Gerald Cumpton, teacher
Youth Girls (7-12 grades) McKenzie Frazier, teacher
Youth Boys (7-12 grades) C.J. Frazier, teacher
Jr. Youth (5 & 6 grades) Bill and Linda McDaniel, teachers
3 & 4 Grade Class Syndal & Kent McClatchy, teachers
1 & 2 Grade Class Dale Lovett & Jimmy Mayers, teachers
Kindergarten Class Elaine Winingham, teacher
Preschool 4 Sandra Woolley, teacher
Preschool 3 Sheila Pulliam, teacher
Preschool Classes Kaci Creel & Cortney Ritter
Babies Lana McQuerry & Shirley Jeter
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- Jan 17, 2016Our Christian Heritage–Daniel Charland & Family
- Jan 10, 2016Are You a Shrewd Disciple?
- Jan 8, 2016Humility
- Dec 24, 20152015 Christmas Eve Service
- Dec 20, 2015Christmas Joy
- Dec 13, 2015The Star of Bethlehem
- Sep 6, 2015The Rich Fool’s Greed
- Aug 9, 2015Living for Him Giving for Him
- Aug 2, 2015The Great Therefore – Resurrection
- Jul 26, 2015The Resurrection (part 2)
- Jul 19, 2015The Resurrection (part 1)
- Jul 12, 2015Order In Worship
- Jul 5, 2015Speak to Edify the Church
- Jun 28, 2015The Truth Matters
Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
201 West Main Street, P.O. Box 734, Olney, Texas 76374
Telephone & Fax: Tel: 940.564.5594 | Fax: 940.564.5596