First Baptist Church of ridgecrest

A Brief History of First Baptist Church

Our Church began in 1958 with 35 families and the Reverend Ellis Tiffany. Five acres was purchased on the corner of Downs and Dolphin. The adjacent unfinished Church of Christ facilities was bought and used during renovation. In 1961 the church elected to affiliate with American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest under the missionary status. By the year 1969 the education facility was constructed and renovation of sanctuary by adding narthex and baptistry was completed.

In the year of 1975 the congregation celebrated God's movement in our midst by becoming a self supporting American Baptist Church. In the early eighties the church with full ABW support went into another renovation project. The construction of the Anna Brosom kitchen and office space in south end of education facility. Also the expansion of the old sanctuary for much needed seating space. And as the church grew with God so did the need for more space. In July 1990 the new sanctuary was completed. 1994 saw more expansion by adding of the Rorick's children education wing.

Today we are affiliated with Transformation Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Matt Pope.

What We Believe

We uphold the following doctrines of the evangelical church:

  • We believe that the acquiring of salvation from our sins is by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.
  • We believe in the complete truth, authority, accuracy, and trustworthiness of God’s inspired Word, the Bible.
  • We believe in one God manifested in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (The Trinity).
  • We believe in the full humanity and full deity of Jesus Christ.


Rides to Church Services - Anyone needing a ride to church, or is willing to pick up others please contact

Library​ - The library in the education wing is available for anyone to use.

Arts and Crafts - Enjoy working on your project, learning a craft, or just fellowship with fellow crafters. Open to all, Beginners or experienced welcome.

1st and Third Saturday of each month at First Baptist Church at 9:00 am - For information, contact Janet Lanterman (760) 382-4382

Men's Fellowship - Guys Stuff - Activities for the men including Lunch, Bowling, Movie and other events

Youth Night - Ages 10 to 16 - Food, Music, Games, Praise and Worship

The Women's Center High Desert
The Women's Center High Desert is a nonprofit organization providing a network of services relating to domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse for Eastern Kern county and surrounding counties. They are here to educate the public and community agencies to heighten awareness regarding primary prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse and to reduce the risk of victimization. The center is located at 134 S. China Lake Blvd. For information, contact Erin Higgins at 760-301-4941.

Pregnancy Care Center
​The Pregnancy Care Center is a licensed medical center affiliated with the Right to Life League of Southern California. PCC is a nonprofit organization serving our local community since opening its doors in 1993. Services include pregnancy testing, ultrasound, referrals, pre and post abortion counseling, and education.The center is financed exclusively by charitable donations. As a fund raiser for PCC, First Baptist collects loose change between Mother's Day in May and Father's Dy in June to fill baby bottles. For information contact Erin Higgins at 760-301-4941.

Veterans Stand Down

The Veterans Stand Down is a community event to help provide jobs, food clothing, services and referrals for Veterans benefits for those in our community who have unmet needs. Once a year we have a booth at the Veterans Stand Down and will need volunteers to help man the booth. Please plan on attending or offer to volunteer to help this day.

Eagle Ministry

Helping Drug and Alcohol Addicts recover. 

ABWE International - Togo, West Africa

ABWE began working in Togo in 1974 and now has more than 100 missionaries working in this small West African country. ABWE founded Karolyn Kempton Memorial Christian Hospital in 1985, and sought to bring physical and spiritual health to south Toga. Thousands of lives have been saved through this high-quality medical ministry. Beyond the hospital compound, missionaries use community health outreaches, mobile clinics, and nurse training to engage and minister in the country.

 In 2015 ABWE missionaries opened a $6, 43-bed medical center called the Hospital of Hope in the northern part of Togo. The hospital saw more than 10,000 patients in the first few months of operation and serves as an important ministry platform with an impact that reaches into several countries. 

Offering is taken by designation in offering envelopes. For information about ABWE and the TOGO Ministries, contact Garon and Susan Harris -