What To Expect?
Church can be an intimidating place to visit—especially if you don’t know what to expect. No matter who you are or where you have been, you are welcome at FBC. You will be welcomed into a friendly, casual environment by people who are excited to see you. You may wish to engage with others or remain anonymous—either way, you are our honored guest.
It is our desire that you will leave saying…
"They went out of the way to make my children feel calm and happy.”
“We were greeted at the front door and walked to where we needed to go.”
“That was a friendly place.”
The DNA of First Baptist Church
As people united in Christ, the Word made flesh, we believe the Holy Scriptures are sufficient to lead and guide us in every facet of life. The one preaching is to be a steward of God's Word already delivered. Expository preaching presents God's Word God's way with eternal relevance to all ages.
Acts 20:27 “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God."
Following the example of Christ, We believe it is just as important to sit down for a meal together with our church family as it is with our lost neighbors for the sake of the gospel. For this reason we host a church wide meal on the fifth Sunday of every month. We also invite our members to be actively involved in showing love to their community with gospel intentionality. On the first Sunday night of every month the pastor's host a few families at each of their houses to demonstrate the hospitality of Christ.
1 Peter 4:9 “Use hospitality one to another.”
Timeless & Modern
We believe music should be theologically rich, the message should be clear, and God’s people should be heard singing.
Hebrews 2:12 “I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”
“People need to become Christians, and people need to be taught how to think and feel and act as a Christian. That is a disciple.”
- John Piper
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Who are the Pastors?
At this point, the members at FBC are in the process of hiring a lead pastor. Please be in prayer as the leadership continues to search for a full-time lead pastor.
Senior Saint Pastor
Larry Gross was born in Minot, ND but grew up in Minneapolis, MN. He received his BA degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. While attending Pillsbury he met and married Jolean Reeverts from Cut Bank, Montana. While working on his Master of Divinity from Central Seminary in Minneapolis, MN., he served as junior high youth pastor at Woodcrest Baptist in Fridley, MN., and then as youth pastor in Barron, WI.
After completing his Master of Divinity, he became the youth pastor and school principal at First Baptist Church of Waupaca for eleven years. It was during this time he was ordained and licensed. He then went on to become the lead pastor for 26 years. He resigned as lead pastor in October of 2013. He and his wife moved to Northland Missions in the spring of 2016 to serve at the camp. He then had the privilege to return to Waupaca in the fall of 2017 to serve as pastor of the senior citizens. He and his wife are blessed with four children and their spouses, Jason (Brenda). Heather (Rich), Judson (Jenny) and Torrey, and fourteen grandchildren. His life verse is Acts 20:24, "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."
WCA School Administrator
Aaron Hatcher grew up in Springfield, TN. Having attended a private, Christian school, Aaron understands the importance of having a biblical worldview instilled on school-aged children. After graduating from Crown College, he taught at South Haven Christian School in Springfield, TN. During his time in Springfield, Aaron and his wife, Kourtney, had their first child, Alivia. Having earned his graduate degree from Bob Jones University, he accepted the open principal position in Waupaca, and moved to Waupaca in July 2017. In 2019, Aaron and Kourtney had their second daughter, Amy. During his time at WCA, Aaron has led the school in earning their accreditation, becoming a Choice school, and increasing the enrollment.