Hello! My name is Jeremy Shannon and I am the pastor at First Baptist Church Fort Thomas. My wife Jenni and I moved here just a few days before Christmas last year and have spent the last 8 months falling in love with Fort Thomas and the entire Northern Kentucky area. Being native Kentuckians (we met each other at Georgetown College), we always knew that we loved the state, but almost every day we still talk to each other about how good it is to be home.
I wanted to share a brief introduction about myself and about what God is doing at First Baptist. Our time in the area so far has been chaotic and exciting in the best ways possible. We have a super energetic two year old daughter named Crosley, who has loved taking advantage of trips to Fort Thomas Ice Cream, Tower Park, and the Aquarium on a regular basis. In April, Jenni and I welcomed twin boys, Asher and Henry, into the world. If you ever see me and think I look a bit tired, it’s probably because I am! We are blessed to have found such a great community to raise our kids and such a great church family that has shown us tremendous love.
Personally, I have loved getting to take in as many Reds games as possible, exploring the great food of the region (sooo glad to be back near White Castle), and getting to know our great community leaders. It is not uncommon to find me at Fort Thomas Coffee a few times a week, working on a sermon or just having good conversation with folks. If you ever see me, please stop and say hi!
I know I am biased when I say this, but I love the folks of First Baptist Church Fort Thomas. If you ever visit (and I hope you will), I think you will find some of the kindest folks that you will ever meet. Before I arrived at the church, I was told that this a church that loves people for who they are and that they welcome everyone. After seeing it first hand, I know it to be true.
This is an exciting time in the life of the church. We speak very intentionally about looking to see where the Spirit is leading us. We love Fort Thomas and all of Northern Kentucky and we want to serve the community in as many ways as possible. I expect you will begin to see us at Fort Thomas’ incredible community events in the very near future. Our folks love to try new things and are committed to doing what it takes to live our our mission to “Shine God’s Light. Share God’s Love.”
As a parent, I have been so grateful to have a group of people that love children so well. Soon after we arrived the church worked hard to revamp a new children’s area and nursery and we have a bright, clean place for children to play. Every church has something special to offer, but one of the things that I love about FBC is that if your children attend, you can be sure that lots of people will know their name, give them encouragement, and love them like Jesus. Children are not simply tolerated, but actually ENCOURAGED in worship. As a dad, I appreciate that folks remind me almost that they love seeing my little girl dance and twirl to worship and that it is a place where she has come to love. I still want to reign in her energy sometimes, but they keep telling me to stop it! If you are looking for a place to worship as a family, this is a great place!
Right now, we do not have a five year plan for what will happen at our church. I say that because we are intentionally keeping ourselves open to the Spirit’s lead. We are excited because we feel this is a new day, with new energy. We have been preparing and praying and asking the Lord to show us what’s next? If you have a church family, great! We love other churches and want to encourage you to serve where God has planted you. But, if you do not have a church home, if you have thought about church but aren’t sure you’d fit in, if you want to partner in being a part of something bigger than yourself, I encourage you stop in. We openly admit that we gather as imperfect people, aware of our need for God’s grace. We want to work to figure out how to serve together in the midst of that. Worship starts at 10:45 on Sunday mornings (Sunday School at 9:30). We’re saving a place for you!
To learn a little more about First Baptist Church Fort Thomas, please be sure to check out our website at www.fbcftthomas.com