Meet our OUR pastor
Dr. JOHN HELVESTON
John Knox Helveston
John grew up in Laurel and graduated from R.H. Watkins High School in 1972, Ole Miss in 1976, Denver Seminary in 1979 (Master of Divinity) and Western Seminary in Portland Oregon in 1997 (Doctor of Ministries). John married Lucy Low, also of Laurel, in 1978. Since then, John and Lucy have served churches in Florida, Illinois, the Philippines and San Jose, California.
. . . from Pastor John
“There’s no crying in baseball!”
As members and friends of First Baptist Church we’re beginning a new season. We have enjoyed the highly unusual blessing of the leadership of a loving, gifted and faithful pastor for three – count them – three decades.
For perspective, think of this:
When Pastor Randy and Sharon began their ministry in 1992 Aladdin was the top movie, gas was $1.13 and the most notable quote was “There’s no crying in baseball!” spoken by Tom Hanks’ character in A League of Their Own.
We grieve the Turners’ departure, we are grateful for their service and now, together, we begin to build upon their legacy: A healthy, unified, grace-giving, Christ-honoring church.
Lucy and I are far beyond grateful for the privilege of serving you during our transition.
We thank you for your many expressions of support and we know we can count on your prayers.
I will not only be preaching but am available for prayer, encouragement and counsel.
We have had an exceptional under-shepherd in Pastor Randy. We still and will always have our Great Shepherd to lead us through this and every season.
All glory, praise and honor be unto Him!
John K. Helveston