Who We Are

Rollingbrook Fellowship

 exists to glorify Jesus Christ though biblical community as we gather together for worship, grow in our relationship with God and each other, and go out into the world to make disciples.

Our Mission

Gather in worship and prayer. We are committed to meeting regularly to worship God through prayer, teaching, music, and fellowship (Matt. 18:10, Heb. 10:24-25).

Grow in Christ with a community of believers through the study of God's word in a small group (Acts 2:42, 5:42).

Go and make disciples by loving, serving, and sharing the good news of Christ with our local community and around the world (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 10:45).

Core Values

  • Learn continuously (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • Pray expectantly (1 John 5:14-15)
  • Create joyfully (Matthew 13:34)
  • Invest fully (Luke 16:13)
  • Remove negativity (Philippians 4:8)
  • Take responsibility (Proverbs 27:17)
  • Mentor continuously (Colossians 3:16)
  • Worship wholeheartedly (John 4:24)
  • Reach outwardly (Luke 10:2)
  • Serve purposefully (1 Peter 4:10)

FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS

The doctrinal statement of our faith and practice is called the “Baptist Faith & Message.” The topics here provide only a brief partial summary of our basic beliefs. The full text is available at sbc.net and in the church offices.

THE SCRIPTURES
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author salvation for its end and truth without any mixture of error for its matter.

GOD
There is one and only living and true God. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father Son and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature essence or being.

GOD THE FATHER
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe His creatures and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

GOD THE SON
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin of righteousness and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers the follower and the church in worship evangelism and service.

MAN
Man was created by the special act of God in His own image and is the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image and in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

SALVATION
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior who by his His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation included regeneration sanctification and glorification.

GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACE
Election is the gracious purpose of God according to which He regenerates sanctifies and glorifies sinners. All true followers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace but shall persevere to the end.

THE CHURCH
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel and seek to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all ages.

BAPTISM & THE LORD’S SUPPER
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified buried and risen Savior. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

EVANGELISM & MISSIONS
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations—to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personally sharing their faith.

FAMILY
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children from the moment of conception are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.

THEOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVES

ORDINANCES
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified buried and risen Savior. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
We view baptism as being an outward visible demonstration of an inward spiritual transformation which comes about when one trusts in Christ alone for salvation. Our position of baptism by immersion is based on the following:

  • The word baptize (baptize) in Greek means to “dip” or “immerse.”
  • Immersion best illustrates the believer’s identification with the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:1-11 and Colossians 2:12)
  • The description of baptism in the New Testament suggests that people were immersed. (Matthew 3:6 John 3:23 Acts 8:38)

PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER
Laypersons have the same right as ordained ministers to communicate with God interpret Scripture and minister in Christ’s name. This in no way contradicts the biblical role responsibility and authority of pastoral leadership and the layperson’s response to it.

ACCOUNTABILITY
Each person is accountable before God. Your family or church cannot save you. Each individual must decide for themselves whether or not they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and live accordingly.

AUTONOMY
Our church is free to determine its membership and direction under the headship of Jesus Christ. We may partner with other associations churches conventions and ministries as the Lord leads. We choose to partner with the Southern Baptist Convention Baptist General Convention of Texas and the San Jacinto Baptist Association

Affiliations

San Jacinto Baptist Association

Baptist General Convention of Texas

Southern Baptist Convention of Texas

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

1926-First Baptist Church Baytown is organized by 67 charter members. Reverend Reuben Smith is called as first pastor. Worship services are held in Humble Oil’s Community House and Sunday School is held at Baytown Junior High.

1927-FBC worships in its first building at the corner of Kentucky and Louisiana Streets. Reverend E.R. Couch becomes pastor.

1940-A new sanctuary is completed on Kentucky Street. AC is added seven years later.

1947-FBC begins ministering to the community through a nursery school and kindergarten.

1957-FBC calls Reverend Robert Cheek as pastor.

1969-Reverend Gary Bonner is called to pastor the church. A teen center is built by the church in Baytown.

1970-FBC and Shiloh Baptist merge. Worship services and Bible Study are held at both locations. The church offers nursery school to low-income families organizes a Clothing Room Ministry and offers conversational English classes.

1976-Reverend Roy Parker becomes pastor of FBC.

1985-FBC moves to its current location on Rollingbrook. The church opens a mission at the old Kentucky Street

1995-Dr. David Bowman becomes pastor of FBC.

2001-Ground is broken on a new Worship Center.

2003-FBC moves into its current sanctuary.

2007-Reverend Bill Yowell becomes pastor of FBC.

2008-After Hurricane Ike FBC teams with the Baptist Men of North Carolina and the American Red Cross to help provide over 20 000 meals a day for four weeks to those in need.

2015-As a church we voted and approved in May to follow through with the All In, Full Out campaign. One key aspect was a name modification to our to church to Rollingbrook Fellowship.

2017-Made the transition to making name modification official in August

Since 1926 FBC has not only had a profound spiritual impact on Baytown and surrounding communities but to the world. FBC Baytown has sent missionaries and missionary teams to Houston Dallas New Orleans Chicago Baja Jamaica Guatemala Argentina Kenya Uganda India Thailand the Philippines and Japan.