Fellowship Baptist Church is an independent, fundamental, Baptist Church located in the inner city of Mansfield, Ohio. The church began in 1957 in a home with just a few families. After meeting in several locations, they moved into the current location in the 1960s. For over 50 years, our church has been a beacon of light on the corner of S. Main St. & Lamberton Ave., preaching the gospel, sharing the love of Christ with our community, and helping people to grow in their faith.
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 proud grandparents to six grandkids.
"To see a spiritual awakening that reaches our city and influences the world."
We 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
We 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
We believe all men were 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
We 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
We 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
We 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 preserved Word of God 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
We 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