Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Faith Baptist Church is to glorify God by proclaiming Christ, growing in His grace, serving others, and making disciples.

Our Pastor


Pastor Stephen Burrell began his ministry as pastor of Faith Baptist Church on April 1, 2018. Steve grew up in Salisbury, NC where his family attended the Gospel Light Baptist Church. As a young boy, in May of 1997, Steve came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Steve is married to Hannah, his college sweetheart, and they have two children, a daughter, Madison Grace and a son, Titus Haddon. Steve attended West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, CA, and holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral theology.


Our History

FBC-History-021A tract of land two miles north of Jefferson, Georgia on the Gainesville Highway, owned by Carl Porter was divided into lots and sold.  Eventually fifteen houses were built and the community became known as Porterville  During the latter months of 1951 hearts were burdened about the need for a church in the community.  Cottage prayer meetings were already being held, but the question of location and finances for a local church were a great concern. After learning of a lot with a small four room house for sale, some people pooled their savings and on November 21, 1951 purchased the house and lot.  The men removed the partitions, painted the inside of the house and made some benches.  A piano and chairs were bought on monthly terms and the first service was held Friday, December 6, 1951.

Faith Baptist Church was officially organized the following year on March 2, 1952.  The organization sermon was preached by J. R. Meek.  The Church elected Carl Ferguson as their first pastor.  There were twenty charter members representing ten families.

Our Beliefs

1.  The Bible:  We believe in the authority and sufficiency of the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, that it is inspired by God and given to us through Spirit-controlled men, We believe that the Bible is infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks.  We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be tried. The official and only Bible translation used by the church in preaching and teaching is the King James Version.  Supporting Scripture: II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21.  

2.  Jesus Christ:  We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ: Who is the Second Person of the Triune God, the eternal Word and Only Begotten Son; that without any change in His divine Person He became man by miracle of the Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true man, one person with two natures; that as Man He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin; that as the Perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death on the cross, becoming there the sin of the world, and suffering the full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; then He arose bodily form the grave and was glorified; that as our Great High Priest He ascended into Heaven too, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor.  Supporting Scripture: Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:31, 33; 2:7; I Corinthians 15:14; Revelation 21:6.    
3.  The Fall of Man:   We believe that man was created in innocence (in the image and likeness of God) under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression Adam fell from his sinless and happy state, and all men sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved, are partakers of Adam’s fallen nature, and are sinners by nature and by conduct, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse.  Supporting Scripture: Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12,19; 1:18,32.    
4.  Salvation:   We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatory offices of Jesus Christ the Son of God.  Who, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior: that by the shedding of blood in His death He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin; that His sacrifice consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.  We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.  Repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit and is an integral par of saving faith.  Supporting Scripture: Jonah 2:9; Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24,25; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7,8; Hebrews 2:14-17: Isaiah 53:4-7; I John 4:10; I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:24.    
5.  Holy Spirit:   We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer  Supporting Scripture: John 14:16,17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5; Ephesians 1:13,14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14,16,26,27.  
6.  Satan:   We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, the Devil; and that he was created by God as an angel but through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator; that he became the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fie.  Supporting Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10.    
7.  Godly Life:   We believe in righteous living and godly works; not as a means of salvation in any sense, but as its proper evidence and fruit: and therefore as Christians, we should obey the Word of our Lord, seek the things which are above, walk as He walked, accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and privileges of bearing the Gospel to a lost world; remembering that a victorious and fruitful life is possible only for those who in gratitude for the infinite and undeserved mercies of God have presented themselves wholly to Christ.  Supporting Scripture: Ephesians 2:10    
8.  Rapture and Subsequent Events:   We believe in the pre-millenial return of Christ, an event which can occur at any moment, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seven years of the Tribulation (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20,21; Revelation 3:10) We believe that the Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ in power and great glory to sit upon the throne of David and to establish the millennial kingdom.  Supporting Scripture: Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6, and 11:1-9; Acts 2:29, 30; Revelation 20:1-4, 6.    
9.  The Righteous and the Wicked:  We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in the after death,  in the everlasting felicity of the saved, and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the lake of fire. Supporting Scripture: Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23; Romans 6:17,18; I John 5:19; Romans 7:6, 6:23; Proverbs 14:32; Luke 16;25; Matthew 25:24-41; John 8:21; Revelation 20:14,15.    
10.  Priesthood:   We believe  in the priesthood of all believers; that Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit. (individual soul liberty) Supporting Scripture: 1 Peter 2:5,9.  
11.  Separation:    We believe in obedience to the biblical command to separate ourselves unto God from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy. Supporting Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:9,10; 1 Timothy 6:3, 5; Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-11.    
12.  Local Church:   We believe in the importance of the local church: that a New Testament church is a local assembly of born again, baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinance, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching and united testimony, and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 & 20.  We believe in the independence and autonomy of the local church; that each New Testament church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference, that it is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament church and is directly accountable to God.    
13.  Church And State:   We believe in the separation of church and state: that the church is to neither rule over nor monetarily support the state; that the state is neither to rule over nor monetarily support the church; that government should recognize and depend upon God; that government was established by God and is dependent upon HIm for its very existence; that individual Christians are to support government by their prayers and taxes.  Supporting Scripture: Romans 13; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:22-26; Matthew 22:15-21.  
14.  Church Ordinances:   We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church; and it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.  We believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances is baptism first and then the Lord’s Supper, and that participants in the Lord’s Supper should be immersed believers.  Supporting Scripture: Acts 3:36, 38, 39: John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41,42.  
15.  The Security of the Saints:   We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by  God the Father for Jesus Christ.  Supporting Scripture: Philippians 1:6; John 10:28,29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1.    
16.  Sanctification:    We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God accomplished in a three-fold manner; first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment  he trusts the Savior; second, a continuing process in the saint as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God to the life; third, the final accomplishment of his process at the Lord’s return.  Supporting Scripture: Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11.
17.  The True God:   We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an Infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.  Supporting Scripture: Exodus 20:2,3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11.    
18.  Creation:    We believe the Biblical account of the creation of the universe, angels, and man; that this account is neither imaginary nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, creative work of God and not from previously existing forms of life; and that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race.  Supporting Scripture: Genesis 1, 2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:1; 3:3.    
19.  The Virgin Birth:   We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of a woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son.  Supporting Scripture: Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4.    
20.  Faith Missions:   We believe that the church has been given the mandate to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, in the Great Commission.  It is the church that commissions and sends missionaries forth throughout the world.  We as a church believe that we should participate in the financial support of missionaries.  We as a church are obligated to pray for our missionaries as they carry out their duties both at home and on foreign soil.  Supporting Scripture: Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8.    
21.  Justification:   We believe that justification is that judicial act of God whereby He declares the believer righteous upon the basis of the  imputed righteousness of Christ; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s shed blood.  Supporting Scripture: Romans 3:24; 4:5; 5:1, 9; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9.  
 22.  Homosexuality:   We believe that homosexuality is a sin not a life-style.  We believe the Bible condemns this behavior.  We condemn same sex marriage according to God’s design (one man for one woman). Not two men or two women, this does not constitute a partnership according to Romans 1:21-32; Leviticus 18:22.