First Baptist Church, Garden Lakes was launched as a mission of First Southern Baptist Church, Avondale in April 1953. Though the church has experienced many changes over the years, it has always remained consistent in its presentation of an ancient gospel to a modern world. We are convinced that “the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation of all who will believe.”
When the church family first moved to our present location in April 1979, there were no houses in the immediate area and the church was surrounded by cotton fields. Since then, we have seen the farm land replaced by hundreds of houses and thousands of people. We have been awakened to the fact that God has enlarged our territory and given to us a tremendous responsibility of ministering to those around us. It is our desire to win many to faith in Christ and disciple them to grow in their love for Christ.
In October 2003, we enjoyed our Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration and a ground-breaking ceremony for new Worship Center, which was completed in July 2006, and dedicated in August. Since then the church has seen many changes, including the retirement of Pastor Jerry Dunn, the addition of Garden Lakes Christian Academy to our campus, and the crash of our local economy, but God is forever faithful.
In 2011, God called Pastor Jeffrey Stachmus to shepherd the believers here and many are being reached with The Gospel message. Currently, our church’s professional child care Academy is present on campus Monday through Friday. We also serve as host to a mission church that utilizes our facilities for their Sunday worship services. We are currently seeking to partner with additional mission churches that ministers to a people group we are currently unable to reach – perhaps a Spanish, Chinese, or Korean speaking church. We work cooperatively with the Estrella Baptist Association and the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, in an effort to reach our world for Christ on the regional, national, and international mission fields.