New pastor hopes community outreach can help 'nation in trouble'

Pastor Vail

The First Baptist Church of Baker has welcomed pastor Jim Vail to lead the church in its 100th year. Vail said he plans to strengthen the congregation and reach out to the community.

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 04:35 PM.

BAKER — New pastor Jim Vail plans to strengthen First Baptist Church of Baker's congregation in their faith and reach out to area residents in spiritual need. 

"My goal right now is to build (church members) up spiritually ... to where they are (spiritually) strong and they can disciple to new believers," he said.

That's crucial, given the country's state of faith, Vail said.

"Our nation is in trouble," he said. "You can't talk about Jesus Christ in public without offending someone. When times get really bad, I want our people to remain faithful in Jesus Christ."

Vail, who became the church's full-time pastor in August, said community outreach is key.  

"We will go to different homes in the community and introduce ourselves to people and ask them if they have any prayer requests...," he said.

Vail and long-time church member Sam Brunson, who recently became a deacon, said the church is not looking to "steal" members from nearby churches.  

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