First Baptist Church of Leadville is an Independent Baptist Church which has maintained a presence in the community since 1952. Following in the steps of faithful servants of God that brought the gospel to the Leadville community and laid the framework for FBC, the following pastors have faithfully poured their lives into the church and community:

  •       Marion Kirk (1952-1954)
  •       Roy Baese (1954-1959)
  •       Lloyd Holt (1961-1962)
  •       Ray Allen (1962-1966)
  •       Kenneth Dobson (1967-1987)
  •       Russell Baker (1987-2013)
  •       Andrew Scott (2013-2019)
  •       Tanner Thetford (2019-Present)

The current body of believers is very excited about building on the foundation of faithfulness in the past, reestablishing the mission and vision of the church in the present, and seeing God continue to do a special work with the church and community in the future.

FBC desires to be a gospel-centered, Spirit-driven, Word-saturated, church that appeals to a broad base of ages and lifestyles in the community.

We at First Baptist Church of Leadville promote Christlikeness through:
  • Relational Unity
  • Evangelistic Service
  • Sacrifical Living
  • Realigned Love
  • The Renewing of Minds


For those seeking to explore FBCL's doctrinal beliefs...

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired by God, and is therefore inerrant in the original manuscripts. The Bible was inspired verbally and completely (both the Old and New Testaments), and is sufficient as the believer’s sole authority for faith and practice. The Scriptures should be interpreted in a normal, natural, and literal sense that is consistent with the intent of the biblical author.

We believe that there is one God Who is sovereign over all, and Who is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, His eternal existence, His virgin birth, His sinless humanity, His shed blood and sacrifice for atonement, His bodily resurrection, His heavenly ascension, His promised return, and His kingly authority.

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine third person of the trinity Who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, Who regenerates believers—making them children of God through the new birth, Who at salvation baptizes each believer into the Body of Christ, Who specifically indwells each believer, Who enables and empowers each believer to resist sin and live a life of godliness, and Who eternally seals each believer. The Holy Spirit will never lead a believer to act or think contrary to the revealed Word of God. The duty of every believer is to be filled with (controlled by) the Holy Spirit.

We believe that all men are by nature and choice sinful and lost; and that for salvation, Holy Spirit regeneration is absolutely essential. Being created in the image and likeness of God, man has become alienated from God through the sin of Adam and by the choice of each man to rebel against God. Man’s eternal destiny is based on his earthly response to Jesus Christ.

We believe salvation is all of grace and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ. This saving faith is specifically accompanied and substantiated by biblical repentance. We believe in the assurance of salvation and the perseverance of the saints for truly born-again believers. In no way, however, does this assurance excuse a believer to live a lifestyle of disobedience.

We believe that a New Testament church is an organized group of believers who come together for the purpose of corporate worship, doctrinal proclamation of the Word, unified fellowship, and selfless service. Because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the New Testament church practices the scriptural ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The church is to be actively and obediently engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission. We also believe that the local New Testament church is to be autonomously free from any external authority or control.

We believe that water baptism is a scriptural ordinance involving the immersion of a believer. This baptism does not lead to salvation, but is a bi-product of true salvation and a specific sign of identification with Christ. Water baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of the Savior.

We believe that the Lord’s Table is a scriptural ordinance of the Church to be observed regularly by obedient Christians. This ordinance involves symbolic elements, reminding believers of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

We believe in the glorious return of Jesus Christ to bring a conclusion to all wickedness, a judgment for all wicked, and an eternal dwelling for all those who have been made righteous through His prior sacrifice on the cross.