We exist to love God and share His love with others.
Since 188 when a handful of dreamers first met in an old railroad car, our church has been a dynamic gathering of doers. Visionaries and future thinkers have continued to be a part of the DNA of Winter Garden’s First Baptist… to us “heritage” does not mean dwelling on the past, it means a continuing call to the future.
It means creating a place where we can put down, long-lasting roots, for ourselves, our community and for future generations. It is hour heartbeat and our mission to engage our church family to love God and share His love with others.
We invite you to join us on a great adventure that has been grafted into tradition of our church for over 130 years. I pray that you will find your place at either of our campuses in Downtown Winter Garden or Horizon West.
What We Believe
We value Bible-centered preaching and teaching as the foundation for all that we do. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We encourage lifelong commitments to marriage between one man and one woman; we support the ongoing spiritual nature of the family and we are committed to honoring the priority of family time through our ministries and activities. (Matthew 19:5-6; Ephesians 5:22-6:4)
We will intentionally seek to set aside specific times for private, family and corporate prayer. (Matthew 6:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We will provide opportunities for every believer to develop a Christian worldview and thus engage the culture wherein he/she lives, works, and interacts. (Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28)
We will actively pursue personal, family, and staff relationships characterized by integrity, mutual accountability, mutual serving, mutual encouragement and mutual honoring. (Romans 12:10; 1 John 4:7-11)
We will developed lay leaders who will function effectively in their respective roles of service and, in turn, train and mentor other believers for ministry. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
We will endeavor to share the message of salvation with all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic status in our local community and throughout the world. (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
We encourage every member to adopt a lifestyle of stewardship that recognizes God’s ownership of everything and to practice the Biblical principle of tithing (giving at least one-tenth of one’s income) to support the work of the church. (1 Corinthians 4:2;1 Peter 4:10)