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’re welcome here. You'll 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’re our honored guest.
It’s 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.”
“They love me like I have never been loved.”
The DNA of First Baptist Church
"Some people treat the text as if it is a back porch, they rarely visit it. Some people treat the text like a front door, they just pass by it to get where they are going. We desire to treat the text like the living room, it’s where we dwell."
- Pastor Tyler
Acts 20:27 “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”
“In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal, or coming from a meal.”
- Tim Chester
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 third Sunday of every month. We also invite our members to be actively involved in showing love to their community with gospel intentionality.
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.”
What Do We Believe?
who are the PAstors?
Tyler Snell was born February 16, 1993 in Somerset, Kentucky. He received is bachelor's degree from Crown College of the Bible, Knoxville, Tennessee. Graduated May 4th, 2015 with a pastoral ministry degree. Tyler is currently enrolled in Master of Divinity at Central Seminary. He was ordained at Maranatha Baptist Church by a host of pastors in the community. Tyler met his wife, Ashlea Snell, while attending college at Crown. Their Marriage has been blessed with one son Elijah Snell born on January 14th 2016. Tyler has served at several different churches in the United States and shortly overseas in England. His goal is to preach the fullness of God's word with no reluctancy and to love the people of Waupaca with no reserve.
Ethan came to FBC Waupaca in May of 2017. He received a Bachelors degree from The Crown College of the the Bible in 2015, and a Master of Missiology degree from Crown Seminary in 2017. As for future education, Ethan plans to attend the seminary of the Lord’s leading to begin working on his Master of Divinity. Ethan and his wife, Kate have been married since May of 2015 and they are currently working with the Youth of FBC, leading small groups and Sunday school, FBC missions planning and communication, and assisting the pastor in various teaching platforms of the church.
Aaron Hatcher came to FBC Waupaca in the Summer of 2017. He had served at South Haven Christian School and South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield, TN for the three previous years. Upon his high school graduation, Aaron attended Crown College and earned his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education. He and his wife were married in 2014, and God blessed them with Alivia in June 2016. Aaron earned his graduate degree in education from Bob Jones University in May 2017.
Senior Saints Pastor
Larry Gross was born in Minot, ND but grew up in Mpls, 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 Mpls, 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 Acts20:24 :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.