Our Beliefs

Our Mission & Vision
The mission of Faith Baptist Church is to Exalt, Evangelize, Equip and Edify. It is our desire to love the Lord, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations through the teaching and preaching of the Word of God and by means of missionary work and support both home and abroad.
Our Doctrine
The Doctrinal Statement known as the New Hampshire Declaration of Faith, as revised by the Southern Baptist Convention in the year 2000, represents the doctrinal beliefs of the members of the church. The 18 point document, ‘The Baptist Faith and Message’ can be found by clicking here.
In addition to the articles of faith, Faith Baptist Church also has a set of by-laws.  There are several reasons for this:
-First, to promote efficiency, a church must have some type of organization. By-laws specify a church’s governing structure; define the roles of pastor, deacons, and other leaders; and stipulate the requirements for membership. In other words, bylaws allow “all things [to] be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). -Second, to provide direction, a church needs to articulate its mission and methodology. The by-laws of a church are useful in setting parameters for fund raising, outreach, ordination, expenditures, and missionary support. -Third, to protect itself from liability, a church should have written policies on church discipline, screening youth workers, etc. By-laws can be a way of averting calamity in a crisis situation.

A copy of our bylaws can be seen by clicking here.

Our Team

Our Pastor
Our Pastor recognizes the authority of God on his life and ministry, and realizes that he is a shepherd that serves under the Chief Shepherd; Jesus Christ. He desires to devote himself to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. His passion and goal is to Evangelize the Lost and Equip Believers for their work of the ministry.
Pastor Larry A. Copley
Pastor Larry was born and raised in Cambridge, and accepted Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior on September 25th, 1985. God has given he and his family the desire and spiritual burden for the Southeast region of Ohio, in which he was raised and now serves.
He has been married to his wife Laurie for more than 26 years and they have two children; Beverly Nicole, born on May 29th,1994 and Joshua Allen, born on July 23rd,1997.  Nicole is married to Jamie Smith (Son of Ronnie and Ruth Smith) and now lives in Caldwell, Ohio.  Nicole is a beautician at Preston’s Beauty Academy in Marietta, Ohio.  Joshua is a student-athlete at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.
Pastor Larry was ordained into the office of Deacon on September 14th, 1999, Licensed into the ministry on February 25th, 2001, and ordained into the ministry on January 27th, 2002 all at the Northside Baptist Church of Brunswick, Georgia. He attended Luther Rice College, has more than 4 years experience as a bi-vocational Pastor, and over 17 years of experience as a full time Pastor. He has served as Pastor of Faith Baptist since September of 2012.
Our Youth Director
On July 15th, 2018 Faith Baptist took a monumental step of faith and voted to hire (for the first time) a second full-time staff member.  The position would be that of a Youth Director that would also assist the Pastor as needed.  The Youth Director is responsible for the development, oversight, and direction of the

Youth Ministry of Faith Baptist Church.  The Youth Ministry includes but, is not limited to students 7th – 12th grade.  The ministry promotes evangelism, discipleship, and fellowship by planning, promoting, coordinating, conducting and evaluating the youth activities of the church.

Stephen Hannum, Youth Director
Information coming soon
Our Deacons
In accordance with the meaning of the word, and the practice of the New Testament; the Deacons of Faith Baptist are servants of the Church body. They assist the Pastor in carrying out his duties and responsibilities, and help the Pastor in the observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The Deacons are actively concerned for the spiritual growth and welfare of the congregation, and provide care for them accordingly.
ROX2C12Lynn Zerkle, Chairman of the Deacons

Lynn is one of the charter members of Faith Baptist Church. For many years he was the only deacon.  He is married to Peg (Clark) Zerkle.  They have four adult children, two of which they adopted, and eight grandchildren. Lynn teaches an adult Sunday School class, and is active in our Community Outreach and Jail Ministry. Also, if something needs done around the church, just ask Lynn. He can either do it, or knows someone who can. His hobbies includes working on cars, and building contraptions; i.e., a roller coaster for VBS and a Zip Line.

ROXCDEBJohn Bates, Deacon

John and Judy Bates have been married for over 50 year, He and his wife Judy, have been members of Faith Baptist for more than 18 years. They are the parents of two adult daughters; they have eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. John teaches an Adult Sunday School class and our Mid-week Adult Bible study and thoroughly enjoys the great outdoors..

ROXEF74Dave Cordray, Deacon
Dave has been a member of Faith Baptist for more than 16 years and a deacon for more than 15 years. Dave is married to his wife of over 40 years, Becky.  They have four children, and 7 grandchildren, all grandsons. Dave also serves the Lord as a Sunday School teacher, having taught the Junior and Senior High classes, and now he and Becky are teaching our Middle Youth class.  Dave is also active in our Community Outreach ministry and enjoys the open road via motorcycle as much as possible.
Jackie Hoover, Deacon
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Bud Scott, Deacon
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Jamie Smith, Deacon
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Mike Waite, Deacon
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