With all of the different Christian denominations, and even variances within denominations, sometimes it is hard to know what beliefs a church holds. First Baptist Church of Pendleton values the historic Baptist principle of freedom. The Statement of Faith and Church Covenant below are from our Constitution and By-laws.


  • We believe that there is one true and living God. He lives in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God given by inspiration, and are the only rule of faith and practice.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all true disciples, and in Him is vested all power for its government.
  • We believe that the local church is a congregation of baptized believers voluntarily united for the purpose of worshipping God and promoting the cause of the Gospel.

As we aspire to keep Jesus at the center of our lives, we are Rooted in Faith, and Growing in Love.

Jesus at the Center of Our Lives
We promise to strive to keep Jesus at the center of our lives by nurturing and developing our own understanding of Jesus’ life and teachings and demonstrating that understanding as we interact with others in the congregation and the larger community.

Rooted in Faith
We promise to seek the wisdom of God through:
a. study of the Scriptures,
b. prayer,
c. worshiping together,
d. meditation.

Growing in Love
As we are rooted in faith and led by the Holy Spirit we:
a. experience God’s redemptive and sustaining grace,
b. grow in the knowledge of God revealed through Jesus,
c. love one another, being slow to judge and quick to forgive,
d. generously contribute time, money, and abilities to the church’s ministry,
e. proclaim the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus as Savior,
f. serve one another,
g. strive for purity.

We promise to interact with others to help them discover Christ through: education and training, service opportunities, and missions by:
a. instructing others in the Christian faith and in our Baptist heritage,
b. celebrating different views and gifts among us, confident that we are one body in Christ,
c. promoting peace and justice whenever we touch other lives.
And we promise to seek the kingdom of God, knowing that nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Pastor Jennifer Rygg