Ministries


Bus Ministry

The bus ministry offers transportation on Sunday morning to children and adults in the towns of Dwight, Pontiac, Odell, Streator, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, and Gardner.

Nursing Home Ministry

Church services are held at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home every Wednesday.

King’s Kids

The King’s Kids ministry was started in the fall of 1991. This meets on Wednesday evenings during the school year and is for children ages four to twelve. Children sing songs, play games, and hear preaching. Its main emphasis is upon memorizing the Word of God.

Prison Ministry

The prison ministry at the Pontiac Correctional Center was re-started in February of 1993 with the help of Dr. Ron Gearis and the Rock of Ages Prison Ministry. This ministry meets on Thursday evenings and the first and second Sunday of each month. The Lord has used this great ministry to become one of the largest outreach ministries of First Baptist Church having over 100 saved during the services, revivals, and cell-to-cell visitation each year..

Midwest Christian Boys’ Football Camp

During the summer of 1995, First Baptist Church began to host the Midwest Christian Boys’ Football Camp. The camp director is Evangelist Tim Booth. The goal of the football camp is to “develop discipline and determination to serve God and defeat Satan.” This football camp is currently the only one of its kind in that, it is designed for young men who do not have the opportunity to play tackle football, such as those who attend Christian schools or are home-schooled.

The Lord has used this ministry to have a far-reaching impact on young men across the nation. As a result of the powerful preaching, each year dozens of young men surrender their lives to serve God. There are also hundreds of decisions made regarding sin, parents, morality, faithfulness, and more. Pastors and assistants with football experience and knowledge come from all across the country to give a week of their lives to coach and teach these young men not only about football, but also about life. This camp has been made possible because so many members of First Baptist Church volunteer their time to serve in this great ministry.

Midwest Christian Ski Camp

The Midwest Christian Ski Camp was started in January of 2000. It was started as a ministry to give seventh through twelfth grade Christian school students as well as home schooled students an opportunity to ski and have fellowship with other young people from churches of like faith. Their busy schedule includes eating, skiing, and preaching for three days. This ski camp is currently held at the Cascade Mountain Ski Resort in Portage, Wisconsin.

Dwight Baptist Academy

The Dwight Baptist Academy opened its doors as a ministry of First Baptist Church on August 28, 1975. It consists of grades kindergarten through twelve. Dwight Baptist Academy strives to prepare students to serve God. We have high academic standards and offer students many extra-curricular activities. Students in grades seven through twelve have the opportunity to play interscholastic sports such as volleyball for the girls and basketball for the boys. Dwight Baptist Academy also hosts two annual tournaments. Dwight Baptist Academy students get hands-on training for life through the unique fundraisers and events in which we are involved.

Fox Developmental Center

In 2007, the youth department started hosting services at the Fox Developmental Center in Dwight. These services are held on Wednesday afternoons during the school year.

Midwest Christian Food Pantry

The Midwest Christian Food Pantry was started as a ministry in January of 2010 to help those who are in need of assistance. This ministry is currently at its maximum capacity, serving over one hundred forty families.

Sunday School Departments

Nursery 0-2 years

Beginner 2-5 years

Primary 1st-3rd grade

Junior 4th-6th grade

Teen 7th-12th grade

Adult Class

ACTS Class Senior Citizens

All church services are interpreted for the deaf.

Nurseries are available for each service so that parents and those around them may enjoy the services.

Junior Church

Three junior churches are provided on Sunday morning at 11:00 for children ages 2-12. These are special church services for the children where they can hear preaching and Bible stories along with games and songs on their level.