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What We Believe


We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious atonement through his shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal and visible return in power and glory.


We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he was tempted by Satan and fell, and that, because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, and by whom the church is empowered to carry out Christ’s great commission.


We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.



In our Preschool ministry (ages birth-K), we strive to create the first building blocks of a strong, gospel-centered foundation for our children. We teach from the Scriptures and help parents proclaim to their kids who God is and what He has done in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Our volunteers are required to be trained and screened, and we maintain strict teacher-to-child ratios to ensure safe care. For health standards, children must be free from fever or symptoms of contagious disease for 24 hours. We use a computer check in station to check in all children birth - 5th grade with security tags for parents and name tags for each child and their belongings.

Sunday Mornings

  • 9:00 Extended care for Babies-Preschool
  • 10:15 First Kids Bible Study for Babies-5th grade
  • 11:15 Extended care for Babies-Preschool

First Kids

In our children's ministry (grades 1-5) we continue to build a strong gospel-centered foundation for our children using age-appropriate curriculum and activities. We teach from the Scriptures and help parents proclaim to their kids who God is and what He has done in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Our volunteers are required to be trained and screened. For health standards, children must be free from fever or symptoms of contagious disease for 24 hours. We use a computer check in station to check in all children birth - 5th grade with security tags for parents and name tags for each child and their belongings.

Sunday Mornings

  • 10:15 First Kids Bible Study for Babies-5th grade
  • 11:15 First Kids Llive! for K-3rd graders

We know that many times it can be a challenge to take children to "big worship" with the entire family. We offer special worship bags for our children who attend worship with their family. It includes a special children's worship guide to fill out, small quiet toys and colors to keep busy hands occupied, and a little treat. You can pick up a children's worship bag in the foyer to the Worship center or at the children's check-in desk.

Midweek Kids Activities

Wednesday evenings starting at 5:00pm

  • 5:00pm-5:45pm Family Box dinners (contact church office for reservations)
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Lil' Music Makers (3yrs and under) - Orange Room
    First Kids Sing! (PreK - K) - Red Room
    Team Kid and First Kids Sing! (1st - 5th grade) - B200

Childcare is provided for kids birth-4 year olds from 5:45pm - 8pm


A MOPS meeting includes practical teaching through speakers, demonstrations and videos. Plus, there's usually food... food you didn't make! But more important, you'll get to have honest conversations with other moms who understand the joys and frustrations of motherhood.

Registration is now open for the fall semester.

Cost per semester:

  • No Childcare - $45
  • 1-2 children - $60
  • 3 or more children - $75

Yearly memberships are also available at a discounted price.

  • No Childcare - $75
  • 1-2 children - $100
  • 3 or more children - $125

Click here to register. To make a payment, click on the "Give" button and type "MOPS" in the memo.

First Steps

First Steps operates as a ministry of First Baptist Church Waxahachie to serve you and you child. Our program is designed to provide parents of preschoolers with part-time childcare needs, as well as nurture a child’s knowledge and understanding of God, His world, self, and others.

As parents, you play a vital role in your preschooler’s physical, mental, social, and spiritual development. We believe that First Steps can assist parents in this role, and partner with the family to provide positive growth experiences.

We are here Tuesdays and Thursdays and accept children ages 6 weeks to 4 years who will start kinder the following school year. Our curriculum is called The Carpenter’s Kids and it seamlessly incorporates the Godly principles and Bible stories we feel your children need to know with the PreKinder skills they will need to be successful in an elementary school environment.

More Information

If you would like more information about First Steps, please email our Director, Mandy Daley.

Parent Handbook


In our Student Ministry (6th-12th grade), we seek to increase that strong, gospel-centered foundation in our students through learning and studying the Word of God. Student Ministry is where our students begin to experience what group life is like within the church. Our hope is to partner with parents in helping students go deeper with each other, their leaders and, most importantly, God.

Leadership Students

Leadership Students are students who have committed to a deeper relationship and a greater role inside our Student Ministry. We are seeking to develop Christian Leaders through Sunday Night small groups, service opportunities, and leadership camp. If your student is interested in becoming a leadership student contact


Our weekly gathering takes place on Sundays. Students gather corporately for a time of worship and Bible teaching followed by small discussion groups.

Sundays 9:45 am-11 am
Children's Building, Third Floor


Mid Week is a time of fellowship and worship for middle school and high school students every Wednesday night.

6:30 pm
Epton Hall

Bible Study Groups

First Baptist Church offers Bible Study groups to help people find community in a small group setting. This community is where you will find others who desire to grow in their relationship with God and their relationship to others.

These study groups are at 10:15am on Sunday mornings. There's an Adult Bible Study you can choose for every age group and life experience. If you are new to our church family or just visiting, please visit the welcome center and we will be happy to find a connection for you at First Baptist Church!

  • Foundations (married, beginning a career, young children)
    Room: G-204
    Leader: Joe Grubbs/Dave and Rachel Kistner
  • The Incredible Class (all age coed class)
    Room: B-208
    Leader: Jim Jenkins and Pat Settlemyer
  • Higher Focus (married with older teens to empty nest)
    Room: G-200
    Leader: Ron Simpson and Jim and Pat Lawton
  • The Journey Begins (Empty Nest)
    Room: G-207
    Leader: Ron and Barbara Coan
  • Happy Days Room: G-202
    Leader: Griggs DeHay and Pete Cunningham
  • Chosen (single and married ladies)
    Room: G-201
    Leader: Linda Buckner
  • Fellowship (retired, enjoying friendships and fellowship)
    Room: G-205
    Leader: Nan Burleson, Wanda Cain and Robert Cox
  • Builders (retired, enjoying serving/love church and fellowship)
    Room: G-113
    Leader: Jerry and Mary Helen Lemmon and Bob Saylor
  • Seekers (median singles)
    Room: B-210
  • Special Friends (adults with special needs)
    Room: B-209
    Leader: JoBeth Grubbs and Naomi Thornton
  • Genesis (close to retirement)
    Room: R-200
    Leader: Wayne Willmon
  • College Class (high school grads to 20's)
    Room: G-107
    Leader: Derrick and Shawna Cunningham
  • Full House (newly wed through parents of preschoolers)
    Room: G-103
    Leader: Jeff and Marcy Moran
  • Family Matters (parents of children and youth)
    Room: G-206
    Leader: Don and Rhodie Rawls
  • New Beginnings (a starting place for Bible Study)
    Room: G-109
    Leader: Joe Seoane
  • Breakfast Club (non-traditional and casual)
    Room: R-202
    Leader: Trey and Joy Cook
  • Genesis 2 (close to retirement)
    Room: R-200
    Leader: Wayne Willmon and Rick Renshaw

Activate Women's Conference

November 11
Verizon Theatre
Leave the church at 7:45 am

At this one-day conference you will:

  • Connect with women just like you;
  • Learn from Christine Caine and other world-renowned Bible teachers;
  • Experience powerful praise and worship;
  • Hear from Christian working women who are leading and learning -- and in uencing -- in their workplaces;
  • Be inspired and encouraged in how to ful ll what God has called you to do -- right where you are.
Tickets are $65 ($30 deposit to register) and are available through September 18.

Sign up with deposit in the church office or in your Bible Study Class.

Lunch is available from vendors on site or pack your own sack lunch.
Sign up and pay here!

Small Group Bible Study Opportunities

There are men's and women's small group studies in the fall and spring. These study groups meet Wednesday's at 6:30 pm.

More study groups will be added as they become available

How to get here

315 N. Rogers St. Waxahachie, TX 75165

We are located near downtown Waxahachie. From highway 287, head south on highway 77 and turn left on Mcmillian. The church is located on the right.

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David Ritsema

Senior Pastor


Jeff Moran

Executive Pastor


Chett Haynes

Minister of Music


Jeff Ross

Minister to Students


Cameron Hawkins

Contemporary Worship / Media Director


Angela Ritsema

Interim Children's Minister


Mandy Daley

First Steps Director


Shirley Rodgers

Pastor's Assistant


Terry Bensmiller

Communications Director