Our Mission


through worship and word


To maturity and ministry

Jesus Known

to the neighbors and the nations

our beliefs

We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.

We believe in one personal God who exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in power, authority and glory.

We believe Jesus Christ to be the virgin born Son of God who lived in flesh, died for the sins of the world, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who regenerates and indwells every believer in Jesus, assures us of our salvation, guides us into all truth, glorifies Jesus and convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and empowers us for service.

We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way for the forgiveness of sin. God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation cannot be earned, it is a gift from God.

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith in the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him, obeying Him and bringing the gospel to the world.

We believe in the personal, visible return of Christ to the earth and the establishing of His Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, and the final judgment. We believe that our eternal destination of either heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

our values

love god

Luke 10:27 | “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”

pursue excellence

1 Corinthians 10:31 | “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

love people

John 13:34-35 | “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

choose joy

Psalm 100:1-2 | “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”


After graduating from Bible college in May of 1994, Rick and Sharon moved to Dayton Ohio and started Lighthouse Baptist Church. On Sunday, July 17 1994, they held their first service at the Holiday Inn, Dayton Mall, with 24 in attendance.

In 1997, the church purchased their first church building just 3 miles away from the hotel at 201 N 4th St. in downtown Miamisburg. One Sunday night in January of 2003, Pastor Carr mentioned to the church the need to move and build. He shared with the church how he had begun praying and asking the Lord to provide 10 acres of land somewhere along I-75. Since the beginning of the church it had been a vision of his to have a church along the expressway. 

In May of 2003 this prayer and vision began to become a reality, and in August of 2003 it was answered and provided by the Lord. God performed a miracle of giving the church 10 acres of land on I-75 in Springboro. During the transition from Miamisburg to Springboro, the church voted to change the name from “Lighthouse Baptist Church” to “First Baptist Church of Springboro.” in 2005, the church held a ground breaking ceremony for a new 15,000 square feet sanctuary. in 2006, the building was completed.

First Baptist Church of Springboro has a miraculous history of the working and provision of God, but it also has a bright future! We believe that the same God Who has done the impossible in the past, desires to continue doing the impossible through us as we seek to continue ministering to future generations.