About Us


First Baptist Church of Gahanna

Our Purpose Statement: Proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to All... Minister through the love and unity found only in Jesus Christ!

Our Vision Statement: Transforming our community one heart at a time.

Our History: First Baptist Church of Gahanna was established on February 11, 1963 for the purpose of holding regular devotional and public worship; developing Christian fellowship through personal growth in grace and knowledge of Christ among its members for the glorification of His precious name; proclaiming the gospel message and urging its personal acceptance by those without the Savior, Jesus Christ; and cooperating heartily by prayer, gifts, and service in carrying out the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15 and Acts 1:8

Doctrinal Statement

Church Constitution

First Time Visitor's F.A.Q.

The Baptist Faith & Message

Outreach & Missions

Scheduled Events

At First Baptist Church of Gahanna, you'll find Biblical teaching, Christ-centered worship and a loving fellowship.   Here you can find information about what to expect, what we believe and ways we can minister to you and your family. We invite you to join us for worship at your earliest opportunity. We want to get to know you, to minister to your family and to encourage you to grow in your relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Worship includes praising God with instrumental and vocal music.  We sing traditional  hymns and contemporary choruses.  ("O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD,Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation." Psalm 95:1 ) 

It is our privilege to bring praise, thanksgiving, confession and requests to God in prayer.  If you have a need, we would be honored to pray for you. Prayer request slips are available in the pew pocket or emailing it through the Contact us Page.      ("Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Phillipians 4:6)

An offering is taken to support the work of our church as well as missions work in our country and around the world.  This portion of the service is intended only for those who consider First Baptist Church of Gahanna their "church home."
("Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7 )

You will fit in at First Baptist Church of Gahanna whether you are dressed formally or in a more casual style. You will see a wide range of styles at our services.  Remember we are coming to worship  the Lord, so please dress in a modest manner.

Nursery care is provided for children birth through 5 years old. A lead worker will meet you at the door of the preschool area.

Children's Worship is offered for ages 6 through 5th grade.  Children will be given the opportunity to follow their teachers to a Children's Worship area before the sermon, for age-appropriate worship and Bible-focused activities. Attendance is optional.  Feel free to keep your children with you for the entire service if you prefer to have them worship with you.

Whether you are considering visiting First Baptist Church of Gahanna or have already attended, we want to welcome you. We hope to answer many of the questions you may have about our church, worship services and beliefs on this site.  Please feel free to call the church at 614-471-3352 if you have any other questions.  We would love to talk with you.


Senior Pastor - Wally Contreras

Wally and his wife Belinda joined First Baptist Church of Gahanna in 2011. Wally became FBCG's Senior Pastor on 01/05/20. Wally and Belinda have three childern: Christian, Brennan, & Ilaria





Rick Reynolds

Jerry Mullins

Ken Ledbetter


The ministry of First Baptist Church of Gahanna shall be under the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ working in and through the elders.




John Brown
James D. Corder
James D. Corder

Joe Frazier
Our deacons are servant-leaders, serving  three year terms (starting and ending on our Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch). If you need assistance, please contact the church and one of our deacons will get in touch with you as soon as possible.