Meet the Pastor
Pastor Bill Simmons
Pastor Bill has been the pastor of First Baptist since September of 2000. Here's a message from him.
I was led to Christ when I was 16 years old. My adopted dad had given his life to Christ when he was young, and while the rest of my family was church-going, they had never committed themselves to Jesus. In the years that followed, my mom and my brothers also came to Christ. I received my call to ministry when I was 18 years old, on a life-changing missions trip to Haiti.
Attending Gordon College is where two important events happened: I received my undergraduate degree in youth ministry and met my wife, Sandi. We married while I attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where earned my Masters of Divinity in 2000.
We have three daughters: Katie, Abby, and Ella. Currently, Sandi is a school counselor. Katie is a graduate of Gordon College and lives nearby. Abby is also a graduate of Gordon College and lives, works and is active in a church in Massachusetts. Ella is a Music Education Major at Gordon College, we get to see her on breaks and she often blesses our church family by serving on the worship team. I am blessed to say that all three of my girls walk with the Lord.
I love being outdoors, and most of my hobbies get me out of the house. While I love to read and learn, I find that I'm at my best when I've had a chance to run, cross country ski, hike, kayak, snowshoe, bike, fish, canoe, or hike! Honestly, I can talk about running way more than anyone wants to listen.
I believe, entirely, in the authority of God's Word. I will not apologize for what the Scripture says. If there is ever a time that I find that what I think, believe, or do disagrees with Scripture, then I am the one who has to change, not the Word of God. I love preaching through whole books of the Bible, and I try to be pretty (but not falsely) animated and engaging when I teach or preach.
If you have any questions about our church or what I'm preaching or teaching about right now, please email me. I'll always answer.
Pastor Bill Simmons