Who We Are


Who We Are

There is a monument sign in front of our church that says, “First Baptist Church”...FBC. That pattern of “creative” church naming shows up in many communities. It means that we are a church. It means we were the first Baptist church established in our city. It means we are a Baptist expression of church. That’s helpful but it doesn’t really tell you a whole lot about us.

The story of the church in the book of Acts provides a clear pattern of what is important for a Bible-believing fellowship of Christ-followers. It’s stated this way in Acts 2:

“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:41-47, ESV)

At FBC ALLEN “We believe a Great Commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission will Grow A Great Christian and a Great Church!”

Here’s a more helpful way to think about FBC that better communicates who we are as a church:

  • F - FAITH (in Jesus) - HOPE found in relationship to God through Jesus Christ.
  • B - BELONG (in community) - LOVE found in sharing life together in grace-filled community.
  • C - COMMISSIONED (for God's mission) - PURPOSE found in making disciples.

The NAME of our church is First Baptist Church of Allen, Texas. The IDENTITY of our church family is found in these three core biblical beliefs.

(For more on what we believe, see our doctrinal statements.)


Biblical Authority - The Bible is our guidebook for living in relationship to God and our plumb line for measuring our approach to life and ministry. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)

Exclusivity of Christ – Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone. (John 14:6)

Power of Prayer - Prayer must be the first, last, and constant activity in every area of our lives and in our church. (Colossians 4:2)

Grace-Filled Community – Christ-followers grow best in the context of committed relationships to one another. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Great Commission Living - In all our activities, programs, relationships and ministries we will be intentional in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)