The mission of The Greater First Baptist Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, to minister the ordinances, to edify believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.

Leadership Team:
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.



Pastor: Reverend Doctor Winston C. Ridley, Jr

Rev. Dr. Winston C. Ridley, Jr., is originally from Duquesne, Pennsylvania, and was called to pastor The Greater First Baptist Church on January 27, 2001. His theme was: 

“Continuing the Vision – A Revitalized Greater First Baptist Church”. As the new pastor, Dr. Ridley stated his primary goal was to ensure that the church stay focused on its mission of “glorifying God.”

Throughout his first year, he stood steadfast to the mission, extending the tradition at The Greater First Baptist Church by demonstrating,  in new ways, how the church can biblically, culturally, and technologically minister to the needs of its members and community. His leadership in updating existing ministries and promoting new ones, speaks to the spiritual, educational, and public service growth of the church. Pastor Ridley urges his members to go beyond the walls of the church and spread the Gospel throughout the world. READ MORE

First Lady, Bonita L. Ridley

Associate Minister: Reverend Robert Hood

Rev. Robert Hood, Associate Minister Reverend Hood is married to Mrs. Barbara Hood; they have two children and two grandchildren. Rev. Hood was ordained in 2005. His ministerial objectives include a commitment to the furtherance of the gospel. His goal is to preach, evangelize and educate those who are saved and those who are seeking salvation. God has blessed his life with many opportunities of servanthood to those who are in need and less fortunate. Rev. Hood has worked with the elderly for the past 24 years. In addition, he has worked with pastors, church groups, missionaries and other volunteer groups who are willing to provide services or minister to the elderly; served the mentally challenged; and worked with at-risk youth in the metropolitan area.

Deacon Board Chairman, Mr. Gamelia Jackson
Trustee Chairman, Mr. Norman Stover
Deaconess Board President, Mrs. Margaret Green
Church Treasurer, Mr. Larry Green
Church Clerk & Financial Secretary, Ms. Linda Watkins
Associate Minister: Rev Frances Williams