Fellowship Baptist Church formerly known as Grace Bible Church, humbly began in 1957 with a few families meeting in a home. The Lord blessed and the church saw much growth and they were able to purchase the property, where we are now located, and expand it. We praise the Lord for his goodness and faithfulness over the years and are thankful He continues to allow us to be a light in our community.
Pastor Randy & Vickie Raynes
Randy Raynes was born in Cheverly, Maryland and grew up in a small town in Indiana. August 1974 was a turning point in his' life. While attending a week of camp at the Bill Rice Ranch, he trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Savour and surrendered to preach. He attended Hyles - Anderson College and graduated with a Bachelors's degree in Pastoral Theology. After graduation, he went to be an assistant pastor in a church in Ohio. It was here that he met his wife and they were married. He pastored and served in various churches throughout North Carolina, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio until the Lord called him and his' family to Mansfield, Ohio where he has pastored Fellowship Baptist Church for twenty years. Pastor Raynes has a passion for the ministry and the people here in Mansfield and wants to see the Lord do great work that impacts the city and influences the world. He also has a passion to help others through writing; authoring 7 books on different topics. The Raynes has been blessed with four children and are grandparents to six grandkids.
Our faith is built on God, the one who never wearies or changes, and provides a firm foundation for which to stand on. which is good news especially while living in a world that is constantly changing and uncertain. God has also blessed us with his inspired, infallible Word, the Bible, as our guide to help us understand who God is, who we are, the purpose of life and how we are to live.
The church is a family, though each individual comes from different backgrounds and circumstances, we share a common bond through our relationship with God through Christ and our calling as a church to proclaim Christ. We encourage one another, pray for one another, look out for one another, and work together to share the gospel.
God has given us the responsibility to preach the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ offering salvation for all mankind, to baptize and teach and help new believers grow.
SalvationWe believe all men are born with an inherited sin nature from Adam. We believe man has no merit of power to save himself from the condemnation of sin. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is through salvation. Salvation is by the grace of God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, who on the cross paid the price of man's redemption. We believe that once a person accepts Jesus as their personal Saviour, they are immediately born again into the family of God and are eternally secure, never losing their salvation. Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:8,9; Acts 4:12; John 3:16
CommissionWe believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations. We must use all available means to spread the Gospel message. Matthew 28:18 - 20, Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8
BibleWe believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired by God. We believe that God inspired every word and has preserved them through the ages. We believe the King James Version is the most accurate and best ranslation for the english speaking people. The Bible is our sole and final authority for faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19 - 21
BaptismWe believe Scriptural water baptism is the immersion in water of a saved person, baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that baptism is not a part of salvation, but a symbol Jesus did for us through his death, burial, and resurrection. Acts 8:36,37; Romans 6:3 - 5; Matthew 28:19
GodWe believe that there is only one true and loving God; Who is eternal, self - existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He is one, yet He manifests Himself to man in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 40:28; 1 Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; 1 Corinthians 8:6
CreationWe believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24 hour days. Geneses 1-2
ChurchWe believe the local New Testament Church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to Christ's command, and have voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, fellowship, service and observing the ordinances of baptism and communion. Matthew 28:19,20; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 16:18
JesusWe believe that Jesus Christ was God's only begotten Son conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and lived a perfect and sinless life. We believe that He became final and ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cross and making atonement for the sin of all who believe. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father and is now waiting for the time of receiving His church at the rapture, Which is followed by His return seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years. John 5:20; Matthew 1:20; Isaiah 7:14, 43:11