Welcome to First Southern. Thanks for choosing to learn a little more about us.
Our Core Values
- Biblical – we are a church that values and preaches the whole Word of God. Both the Person of God and Eternal Life are found in the Scriptures.
- Accessible – you will be loved at FSBC Tucson! We always want to be welcoming, incorporating, and encouraging to people from every walk of life!
- Missional – we are a church that is about making disciples and being involved in the world that God has placed us in.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 11 Corinthians 13:142.
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God´s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates man from God.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,23.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46.
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven´s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1;1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:135.
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God´s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin´s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:16.
About Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; I Peter 1:3-57.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.
About the Bible
The Bible is God´s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6;
Pastor Ed and his family have been serving the church since October 2015 when they moved here in view of a call from Buckeye, AZ. Pastor Ed has been in the ministry as a senior pastor and church planter since 1997 when he left the U.S. Army to follow God’s calling on his life. Since that day he has graduated from Wayland Baptist University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now called Gateway). Pastor Ed has a passion for preaching and welcoming everyone into the Kingdom of Heaven!
Pastor Ken Blondeaux accepted the call to be the Associate Pastor of College and Evangelism in fall of 2016. His move “back home” is from Oregon where He served as the lead Pastor in Portland Oregon for over 11 years, and Salem Oregon before that as Associate Pastor of Youth and family for about 10 years. “I love being involved in people’s lives as they surrender their life to God through Jesus Christ”.
Pastor Ken and His wife Doris are excited to be back serving the Lord in the Old Pueblo, being around family and enjoying the sun.
Theo Salomon began attending FSBC in 2006 and became a member of FSBC in 2007. He began his journey as a volunteer in the youth ministry in 2008 under the direction of Pastor Jim Minnick. Along with volunteering at FSBC, Theo attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a BA in Sociology and minor in Psychology. Theo still works at a retirement home working with the elderly to encourage and enhance their lives by listening and engaging the residents through conversation as a receptionist. Theo became an intern at FSBC in September 2013, under the direction of Jeff Mashaw and in May of 2015 Theo continued his calling and became the Youth Director at FSBC. Theo enjoys working with the youth and the parents of youth encouraging and guiding youth to “Know God and to make Him known”.
Tony Antista is honored to be the Music Minister at First Southern Baptist Church where he continues his life-long call to lead worship. Tony began at FSBC just this past spring. A native of Southern California, Dr. Antista attended California State University at Fullerton where he received a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Voice Performance, and has also earned a DMA in Voice Performance and Opera Directing from the University of Arizona. Before moving to Arizona with his wife Tracey and their three children, Joel, Andrew, and Rachel, Tony served for 12 years as Music Minister at Huntington Beach Baptist Church in Huntington Beach California. Upon moving to Tucson to begin graduate studies at the U of A, Tony accepted a call at a local Southern Baptist Church where he served for 13 years. Tony also teaches full time at St. Michael’s School where he has been on the faculty for 12 years directing the choirs, teaching general music classes, and directing and producing the school musicals.
Fanny Molina has been a member at first Southern for 30 years has been married to Carlos Molina for 15 years. She came to be a Christ follower at 9 years old, Fanny and Carlos have been blessed 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy. Fanny has worked with kids for 20 years and has been working in AWANA for 11 years. She loves working with children, crafting and loves do it yourself projects. She has been homeschooling her children for the last 7 years. She heard the Lord calling her to the children’s ministry in January of 2017.
Shirley Hansen first joined FSBC in the late 70’s. She was married in the church and was blessed with three beautiful children and now grandmother of four adorable grandbabies. She started volunteering in the preschool department soon after placing her own children in the nursery. The family moved to California in the 90’s were they became very active in the small church they attended. Once again, the Lord placed it on her heart to serve in the nursery, which she did until she moved back to Tucson in 2009 to be closer to family, and immediately rejoined FSBC. Over the years, she still has stayed in contact with her “babies” and rejoice as she sees how they have grown up and starting to serve the Lord. What a true blessing.
After rejoining, the Lord called her to help in the preschool department and became the preschool director of “Gods Little Lambs”. She loves serving the Lord and being a grandma to all.
Linda Williams has been a member at First Southern for 21 years. In June of 1999 she was hired as the Financial Secretary, in 2004-2011 she was Pastor’s Secretary then returned to Financial Secretary. For six years, she was the Sunday School Secretary for Pastor’s Class, was active in visitation, cooking, was in the choir and did janitorial work. Linda was praying for a full-time job that would allow her to do more in her church and she is amazed how God answers prayers.
She was born and raised in St. Louis Mo. Married for 47 years to Jim Williams, Private Investigator.
Jim was a CIA Agent in the military so they have been stationed in various places – Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Germany and Alaska. They also have been to Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Greek Islands, New Amsterdam, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean and 48 of the sates in the Union.
They have 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 2 on the way. She enjoys her 2 little chihuahuas, cooking, sewing, and a good movie!
She praises God for Jesus, her family, this church and church family, her job and in all things!
Barbara Blankenship has been attending FSBC for over 30 years and has been employed here at FSBC as Church Secretary for almost 27 years. Her wealth of information, ability to keep the gears moving behind the scenes of many ministries and her constant desire to follow the Lord makes her a greatly valued part of the staff team. She loves cooking and from time to time we are blessed to enjoy some of it! She makes great red chili and green corn tamales. Next time you are here during the week be sure to peek in to say hi.