Our Core Values
We believe the church is about three basic things: Jesus Christ, people, and love.
our vision is jesus christ
our mission is people
our cause is love
Our vision is Jesus Christ. The reason our church exists is Jesus. He not only brought the church to life by His death and through His resurrection, but He Himself is also our goal: "to attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13).
Our mission is people. The mission of the church is to be the body of Christ in the world (Eph. 4:11-16), which means serving people, helping people, challenging people, and accepting people the way Christ did. We welcome and accept every person with the love of Jesus Christ in hopes of reaching the lost, making disciples, and building His church.
Our cause is love. "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love" (Gal. 5:6). We believe that our love for Jesus is demonstrated in how we love our neighbor. We seek not only a loving, authentic relationship with God through Jesus Christ, but also loving, authentic relationship with one another through His Spirit.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of FBC Woodville is to...
reach people with the love of jesus
connect them to christian community
grow together as disciples
serve our community and world
The first church in Woodville began on March 15, 1851 and was organized as the Bethel Baptist Church. The founding members were Thomas Rock, Milton McQueen, Mary Parsons, Elizabeth Parsons, Nancy Parsons, James Willey, Rahab Wiley, Meshack Collins, Elizabeth Collins, and Walter Barclay. Bethel Baptist Church disbanded in the mid-1860s but reorganized in the mid-1880s to form the First Baptist Church of Woodville. Jeff Word Rhodes was the founding pastor of First Baptist Church. Jeff, along with his father, Arnold, helped found and pastor many churches in Tyler County. Throughout the twentieth century and now into the twenty-first century, God has blessed First Baptist Church with growth, able leadership, and a church filled with people who, through the good and difficult times, love God and each other.