About Us


In the 1870s the people of this community met in the Lawrenceville School for Christian worship services. Thirteen local Baptists organized their own church in 1883, continuing to meet in the school building. Founding member Georgia Whatley suggested the name Judson Missionary Baptist Church for a church she had attended in Lawrenceville, Alabama which was named in honor of Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), America's first foreign missionary. In 1886, the Judson Missionary Baptist Church began to support mission work. Members began to plan for their own house of worship in 1891. Georgia and Hiram Whatley donated a plot of land, and the structure was erected in 1894. Baptismal services were conducted in the creek east of the church after the yearly summer revival had taken place. The baptisms later were held on a member's property and then at nearby Whitehurst Lake.

In the late 1890s H. A. Whatley gave one acre for a cemetery. Sunday School began in 1901, a ladies' auxiliary was formed in 1902, and the Baptist Young People's Union was organized at the Judson Church in 1924. A new church building was erected in 1935, and the church was able to hire its first full-time pastor in 1941. By 1900 Public School District No. 2, Gregg County, was known as Judson. In 1952, a U. S. Post Office opened in the community, taking the name Judson. The membership, many of them descendants of the pioneers of this part of Gregg County, numbered more than 260 in 1998. The congregation continues to be active in mission work and in service to the community of Judson.



There is one living and true God, the creator of the universe (Exod. 15:11Isa. 45:11Jer. 27:5). He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection (Matt 28:192 Cor. 13:14I Jn 5:7).

A.     God the Father is the only God and supreme ruler of the universe. (Gen 1; Matt 23:9Ex 6:2-3I Tim 1:17Is 45:22Is 46:9) He providentially directs the affairs of history according to the purposes of His grace (Gen. 1Ps. 104Heb. 1:1-3Is 46:9-11II Timothy 1:9Romans 16:25Titus 1:2Matthew 6:9-15Rev 1:8,11,17-18).

B.     God the Son is the Savior of the world. (Luke 2:11Matt 20:28Luke 19:10) Born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14Matt. 1:18Luke 1:26-35), He declared His deity among men (John 1:1-14Matt. 9:6John 14:9John 10:30), died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin (Phil. 2:6-11I Peter 3:18), arose bodily from the grave (Luke 24:6-724-261 Cor. 15:3-6),  and ascended back to the Father (Acts 1:9-11Mark 16:19). He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers (Rom. 8:34Heb. 7:25) until He returns to rapture them from the world (Acts 1:111 Thess. 4:16-18Rev 1:7).

C.     God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity. (Acts 5:3-4) He convicts of sin (John 16:8-11), teaches spiritual truths according to the written Word (John 16:12-15John 14:26), permanently indwells believers (Acts 5:32John 14:16-172023), intercedes for the believer (Romans 8:26-27), and confers on every believer at conversion the ability to render effective spiritual service (Acts 1:81 Peter 4:10-11).


A.     The Scriptures are God’s inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments, written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (Exodus 24:4Deut 4:22 Tim. 3:162 Pet. 1:211 Cor. 2:13).

B.       God promised that His Word will never perish and will be for all generations. We believe that the KJV is God’s preserved Word for the English speaking people. (Matt 5:18Ps 12:6-7Ps 33:11Ps 100:5Matt 24:35Luke 16:17I Peter 1:23,25)

C.     The Scriptures provide the standard for the believer’s faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16-17John 5:39John 7:16-17John 8:31-32;Romans 15:4Heb 4:12Ps 119:9), reveal the principles by which God will judge all (Heb. 4:12John 12:48), and express the true basis of Christian fellowship (Gal. 1:8-9; 2 John 9-11; II Tim 2:15-16I Jn 1:3,7II Cor 6:14Eph 5:11; Ph 1:5).


A.    The World—God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (Gen. 1Rev. 4:11John 1:2-3Col. 1:16).

B.     The Angels—God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels. Holy angels worship God and execute His will; while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purposes (Col. 1:16Luke 20:35-36Matt. 22:29-30Ps. 103:20; Jude 6).

C.    Man—God created man in His own image. As the crowning work of creation, every person is of dignity and worth. (Ps. 8Gen. 1:272:7Matt. 10:28-31).


Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil (John 8:44), and he with his demons opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel (2 Cor. 4:3-4), tempting saints to do evil (Eph. 6:111 Peter 5:8), and warring against the Son of God (Gen. 3:15Rev. 20:1-10).


Although man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:262:17James 3:9), he fell through sin and that image was marred (Rom. 5:12Isaiah 64:6). In his unregenerate state, he is void of spiritual life, is under the influence of the devil, and lacks any power to save himself (Eph. 2:1-3John 1:12-13Titus 3:5). The sin nature has been transmitted to every member of the human race, the man Jesus Christ alone being excepted (Rom. 5:12Rom. 3:231 Pet. 2:22). Because of the sin nature, man possesses no divine life and is essentially and unchangeably depraved apart from divine grace (Rom. 3:10-19Jer. 17:9).


A.     The Meaning of Salvation—Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results (Matt. 1:21Eph. 2:8-9). In justification He declares righteous all who put faith in Christ as Savior (Rom. 3:20-25Rom 5:1), giving them freedom from condemnation, peace with God, and full assurance of future glorification (Rom. 3:24-26John 8:36Rom 6:18Gal 5:1).

B.    The Way of Salvation—Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5Eph. 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32Luke 24:47Rom. 10:17).

C.    The Provision of Salvation—Christ died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:293:161 John 2:1-2). Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons (1 Tim. 2:4-6). All sinners can be saved by this gracious provision (Heb. 2:9John 3:18).

D.    Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom—God’s sovereignty and man’s freedom are two inseparable factors in the salvation experience. The two Bible truths are in no way contradictory in the great salvation so freely provided. God, in His sovereignty purposed, planned, and executed salvation in eternity while man’s freedom enables him to make a personal choice in time, either to receive this salvation and be saved, or to reject it and be damned (Eph. 1:9-121:13-14John 1:12-13Eph 2:4-6).


All believers are set apart unto God (Heb. 10:12-14) at the time of their regeneration (1 Cor. 6:11). They should grow in grace (2 Pet. 1:5-8) by allowing the Holy Spirit to apply God’s Word to their lives (1 Pet. 2:2), conforming them to the principles of divine righteousness (Rom. 12:1-21 Thess. 4:3-7) and making them partakers of the holiness of God (2 Cor. 7:11 Pet. 1:15-16).


All believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:24-30Rom. 8:35-39I John 5:13). They are born again (John 3:3-51 John 5:11 Pet. 1:23), made new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:172 Pet. 1:4), and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:91 John 4:4), enabling their perseverance in good works (Eph. 2:10). A special providence watches over them (Rom. 8:281 Cor. 10:13), and they are kept by the power of God (Phil. 1:62:12-131 Pet. 1:3-5Heb. 13:5).


A.    The Nature of the Church—A New Testament Church is a local congregation of baptized believers in Jesus Christ who are united by Scripture in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded (Acts 16:4-51 Cor. 4:17Acts 2:41-42).

B.    The Autonomy of the Church—She acknowledges Jesus as her only Head (Eph. 5:23Col. 1:18) and the Bible as her only rule of faith and practice (Isa. 8:202 Tim. 3:16-17), governing herself by democratic principles (Acts 6:1-61 Cor. 5:1-5) under the oversight of her pastors (Acts 20:28-31Heb. 13:71724).

C.    The Perpetuity of the Church—Instituted by Jesus during His personal ministry on earth (Matt. 16:18Mark 3:13-19John 1:35-51), the church has continued to the present and will continue until Jesus returns (Matt. 16:1828:19-20).

D.    The Ordinances of the Church—Her two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer as a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19Rom. 6:3-5Acts 8:36-39Mark 1:9-10) and is prerequisite to membership in the local body of believers (Acts 2:41-42). The Lord’s Supper is the sacred sharing of the bread of communion and the cup of blessing by the assembled church (Acts 20:7I Cor 10:16-17) as a memorial to the crucified body and shed blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19-201 Cor. 11:23-26). Both ordinances were given to the church (Matt. 28:18-201 Cor. 11:23-26).

E.    The Officers of the Church—Pastors and deacons are the permanent officers divinely ordained in a New Testament church (Phil. 1:1Titus 1:1-5Acts 6:1-6).

Elders (pastor, bishops) are authorized to oversee and teach the churches under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28Heb. 13:717241 Pet. 5:1-4). Each church is responsible to follow them as they follow Christ (1 Cor. 11:11 Thess. 1:6Heb. 13:17) and to provide a livelihood for them that they might fulfill their ministries (1 Tim. 5:17-18Phil. 4:15-18). An Elder must meet the Biblical qualifications in the Bible (Titus 1:6-9I Tim 3:1-7).

Deacons (ministers, servants) are servants of the churches and assistants to the pastors, particularly in benevolent ministries. Each church may select her own deacons according to her needs, and no church is bound by the act of another church in that selection (Acts 6:1-6). Deacons must meet the Biblical qualifications in the Bible (I Tim 3:8-13)

F.    The Ministry of the Church—Her mission is evangelizing sinners by preaching the gospel (Matt. 28:19Luke 24:45-47), baptizing those who believe (Acts 2:418:1235-38), and maturing them by instruction (Matt. 28:20Acts 2:42) and discipline (Matt. 18:17-181 Cor. 5:1-5).

G.    The Fellowship of the Church—She is free to associate with other believers in furthering the faith (I Cor 6:14-16Romans 8:9) but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to Holy Scripture (Gal. 1:8-91 John 2:19).


Human government was instituted by God to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. It is separate from the church, though both church and state exercise complementary ministries for the benefit of society. Christians should submit to the authority of the government under which they live, obeying all laws which do not contradict the laws of God, respecting officers of government, paying taxes, rendering military service, and praying for the welfare of the nation and its leaders. Civil authority is not to interfere in matters of conscience or disturb the body of Christ. As the body of Christ, we should vote, hold office, and exercise influence to direct the nation after the principles of Holy Scripture.

Churches should receive no subsidy from the government, but they should be exempt from taxation on property and money used for the common good through worship, education, or benevolence. (Rom. 13:1-7Matt. 22:211 Pet. 2:13171 Tim. 2:1-2Acts 4:18-20Acts 5:29)


A.    Return—Our risen Lord will return personally in bodily form to receive His redeemed unto Himself. His return is imminent (1 Thess. 4:13-17Rev. 22:20).

B.     Resurrections—After Jesus returns, all of the dead will be raised bodily, each in his own order: the first of the righteous at Christ’s coming  in “the resurrection of life” and the second of the wicked at the close of the thousand-year reign in “the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:24-291 Cor. 15:20-281 Thess. 4:13-17Rev. 20:612-15).

C.     Judgments—Prior to the eternal state, God will judge everyone to confer rewards or to consign to punishment (Matt. 25:31-462 Cor. 5:10Rev. 20:11-15).

D.     Eternal States—Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed (John 14:1-3), who, in their glorified bodies (1 Cor. 15:51-58), will live in the presence of God forever (1 Thess. 4:17) in ultimate blessing (Rev. 2122). Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering (Luke 16:19-31) for the devil, his angels (Matt. 25:41), and the unredeemed (Rev. 20:10-15).


Marriage – Marriage is the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of one man and one woman, essentially ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child.  (Genesis 1:27-28Genesis 2:18-24Matthew 19:4-9Mark 10:5-9Ephesians 5:31-33)

Sexual Immorality — Sexual acts outside marriage are prohibited as sinful. Consequently, We must resist and refrain from any and all sexual acts outside marriage (Exodus 20:14Leviticus 18:7-23Leviticus 20:10-21Deuteronomy 5:18Matthew 5:27-28Matthew 15:19Romans 1:26-271 Corinthians 6:9-131 Thessalonians 4:3Hebrews 13:4Galatians 5:19Ephesians 4:17-19Colossians 3:5)

Sexual Identity — God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity.  Consequently, we must affirm their biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their predominant biological sex.  (Genesis 1:26-28Romans 1:26-321 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Sexual Orientation — God created and ordered human sexuality to the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal “one flesh” union of man and woman, to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child.  Consequently, We must affirm the sexual complementarity of man and woman and resist any and all same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are intrinsically disordered.  (Genesis 1:27Genesis 2:24Matthew 19:4-6Mark 10:5-9Romans 1:26-271 Corinthians 6:9-11Ephesians 5:25-27II Cor 14:33Revelation 19:7-9Revelation 21:2)


Tim Smith
My wife and I were both raised in church. Jamie was saved at a young age but I did not get saved until I was 17. My wife and I met while attending Bible college and working in children's ministries.

I felt at the age of seventeen, God was calling me to work with children. While in college, I worked bus ministries and children's churches. In 1997 Jamie and I married and continued in these ministries. Then in 1999 we moved to Texas and continued working in bus ministry, children's church, and Sunday school classes. God closed the door at this church and we moved to another church and continued serving. While serving in this church, God gave us the opportunity to begin working with teens. I quickly fell in love with youth ministry. After serving here for three years, God opened the door for me to become a youth Pastor. I was thankful that the Lord gave us the opportunity to serve with these teens at this church.

In 2009 the Lord opened the door for us to come to First Baptist Church of Judson. During the next several years, our ministry grew and we were able to help many teens. We had one of the biggest blessings and joys when in 2011 we adopted our two wonderful children.In November of 2014 our pastor resigned. In March of 2015 I accepted the call to become Pastor. We are excited to see what God has done and will continue to do.