WHO WE ARE
First Baptist Church Ellabell is a Bible believing congregation dedicated to glorifying God in all we do. We exist to know God deeply and serve God earnestly. We endeavor to serve our community and shine the light of the gospel to a world in need of hope and redemption.
Chuck grew up in Savannah and Effingham County. He was saved during his teen years. He eventually moved to the Atlanta area where he joined a vibrant Bible teaching church.
He surrendered his life to full-time Christian service at the age of eighteen. He served in his church in Atlanta, volunteering in the bus ministry, teaching Sunday School, and preaching at a nursing home until he moved to Springfield, MO to attend Bible College.
Debbie, Chuck's wife is from Indianapolis, IN and was also saved as a teenager. A friend invited her to church and she got involved with the youth group. She also felt a desire to serve the Lord with her life which led to her attending Bible college also.
Chuck and Debbie met in Bible College and were married in December of 1980. They returned to the Atlanta area in 1982, where they served the Lord until God called them to go to Mexico as missionaries. They spent 12 years in Mexico and established three churches; in Mexico City, Ixtlahuaca and San Pedro de los Baños.
Since returning to the United States, they have worked in Hispanic mission ministries and pastoring. Chuck was the Spanish speaking chaplain for the Savannah Sand Gnats Baseball team.
Besides pastoring First Baptist Ellabell, Chuck is a missionary with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Bryan County. He works everyday mentoring coaches and athletes to follow Christ and live their lives for Jesus on and off the playing field.
Chuck says, “My life centers around glorifying Jesus in all things and my family! My heart is to help others love Him and to draw someone closer to Him every day. I am blessed to be the pastor at First Baptist Church Ellabell. We have a loving church that serves God with a heart of compassion and caring!
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God.
We believe God is a Trinity. God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh who came to the world and lived a sinless life. He died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead for our justification.
We believe that Jesus Christ will return to this world to establish HIs kingdom.
We believe that mankind is lost in sin and can only be saved through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
We believe that Jesus Christ established His church and that every believer should be active in service through a local congregation.