In the fall of 1975, a few families began meeting near Pembine for prayer and Bible study at the Edwin Hanson home. While there were other churches in the area, none preached the Gospel of grace, nor did any preach with absolute confidence in the Scriptures. After a season of prayer, they believed God would have them begin a church and contacted the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches. Gus Carnes, the Missions Director, came and assisted the group in becoming a church. That fall, they began holding a regular Bible Study in the Beecher Town Hall on a week night.
The group began meeting on Sundays in 1976. It grew and chartered as a church in that summer. As a body, they chose from the beginning to make God’s Word the primary and only authority for their doctrine and practices, to be dispensational in their interpretation of the scriptures, to be holy and separated in their walk and ministry, evangelistic in nature, and to be Baptist in polity and practice. Their early services were held in the White Chapel at Northland Mission Camp and their first pastor was Dick Miller who worked as a full-time printer at Patz Company in Pound. He began his ministry as pastor the same fall that Northland Baptist Bible Institute opened its doors on the campus.
Property along US Highway 141 in Beecher was secured the following summer (1977). The church also called their first full-time pastor, Merle Amundsen, who was a former mason and bricklayer. The church broke ground and began constructing its present facility in April, 1978. They built the facility with all volunteer labor and moved in that fall. The facility has since grown but the first section, dedicated to God’s glory in 1978, is still used for worship and service today.
Rev. Gene Green came to Faith as pastor in 1979. During his ministry in Pembine, many community families were added to the body of Christ and much over-all growth was experienced. Soon after moving into its new facility, they began a Christian day school. Through the labor and sacrifice of many, hundreds of children from kindergarten through high school were given the privilege of a Bible-based education up until 2007. Faith Baptist School graduated many from our community during those years.
Dr. Dennis Walton was called as pastor in the spring of 1984. Under his leadership, the church grew spiritually and physically. The body completed a major remodeling of its facilities in 1990 including the addition of a new entryway and foyer, additional classrooms, and the enlargement of the auditorium. Dr. Walton labored faithfully and fruitfully for 14 years.
In the summer of 1998, the church was led by to extend a call to Rev. Timothy Collard to become their new pastor. His faithful preaching and teaching blessed and strengthened the church. It was through his leadership and vision that the Faith Community Center was completed by the beginning of the school year in 2004.
In its thirty-first year, 2007, Faith called Rev. Bill Phillips to be their pastor. Pastor Bill served for seven years, building the people of Faith and challenging them to Christlikeness.
In 2014 Faith called two of it's members to share in the pastoral ministry. Dan Raught and Mark Massey are providing pastoral leadership and spiritual instruction in the Servant Leadership model of Christ as they serve, preach, counsel, and disciple.
By God’s grace, Faith continues to bear fruit for God’s glory and remains committed to the original vision of being a body submitted to the Scriptures, dispensational in its theology, holy in its walk, evangelistic in its ministry, and Baptistic in its ways. We give praise to God who has seen fit to supply abundant grace to the people of Faith through many trials and tests proving Himself faithful and His commitment to His people true. Our prayer is that God will see fit to preserve a people here who will humbly walk in His Spirit and Word until Christ returns. To God alone be the glory.
Straining Toward the Goal12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
4:1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. (ESV)