First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman is a growing, multicultural church which started in the home of Rev. Herbert and Jackie Neely on 17th July 1977 along with nineteen other persons – all Cayman Brackers. The church grew steadily and moved to a number of temporary locations. In 1979 the church moved to Smith Road and then to its current location on Crewe Road in 1997.
Preaching and listening to the Word is always an essential part of any church and FBC has been blessed with a series of faithful Senior Pastors gifted in teaching, including: Rev. Neely (who was originally sent by the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board), Randy Von Kanel, Tom Goodman and Thabiti Anyabwile. We are also blessed to have Dave Jorge as our Worship Pastor and Bentley Robinson as our Assistant Pastor. Other pastors have also faithfully served at FBC in preaching and other ministries include our Interim Pastors Jonathan Leeman and Rob Patterson and our Worship Pastors Perry Robinson, Paul Truett and Jimbo Stevens.
The Weekday Early Education Centre (WEE Care) was started in 1992 and First Baptist Christian School in 1997 led by educators such as Sharon Heldt, Esther Hinds, Bob Haskins, Don Dix, Ramona Melody, Dr John Morrison, Dr. Linda Cross and Bev Chin-Sinn. In 2003 the Church adopted the Governance of Elders and Deacons with Shane Foster, Duncan Nicol, William McTaggart, Phillip Pedley and Hedley Robinson serving as the first Elders. Tim Adam, John Epp, Garnet Harrison, James Ryan and Dorothy Scott served as the first Deacons.
In 2004, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, the church had the opportunity to serve the people of the Cayman Islands in partnership with other churches on the island through the ministry “Love in Action”, providing spiritual support, shelter, meals, reconstruction and showing the love of God in extraordinary times. In 2009 the church finally paid off its remaining debt after a number of campaigns, the final one called ‘Treasures in Heaven’. This then freed us to move from being a ‘receiving ‘ church to being a ‘sending’ church, sending out missionaries Paul and Martha Buford, Jennifer West (now Mejia), Will and Deb Ryan, and sending David and Lori Nigh, Bentley and Maureen Robinson, and Stephen Ryan to seminary to better equip them for their pastoral callings. As we celebrate 39 years of ministry, the church is growing spiritually through the faithful preaching of God’s word, reaching the nations through partnerships around the world, and shepherding its flock through calling new Elders and Deacons all to glorify the name of our Father in Heaven. All the Glory is His – for He has done Great Things.