OUR TEAM

We exist for the mission of HELPING PEOPLE CONNECT WITH JESUS. 

We believe all services and ministries should be structured around this mission.

We desire that the people of First Baptist Cadillac learn how to LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE and SERVE THE WORLD.


love God

Our God is the one true and living God. His inspired Word, the Bible, teaches us who He is and gives us a blueprint on how we should live our lives. We strongly believe that when we faithfullly teach and follow the Word that we will grow closer to God and stronger as a community. We rely on what the Bible says so that we may not stray away from the path that God has set before us.

love people

Our love for God should be evidenced by our love for people. Jesus said, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another..." (John 13:35, NIV). We all have a few flaws and we are not a group of perfect people, but we are called to love others and show grace and forgiveness like God. He is our example and His words are our guide for relationships.

serve the world

The Great Commission given by Jesus in His last moments on Earth commands us to "Go." Go into the world with the purpose of making disciples. Our commitment to serving the world in tangible ways should reflect our commitment to this instruction. We do this through various programs and activities in our church and in our community as we seek to help people connect with Jesus.

Helping you​ connect with Jesus!

        OUR MINISTRY TEAM

Steve Playter

Steve Playter has been teaching and preaching for 40+ years and we are privileged to have him here at FBC in this interum before Pastor Chad comes in July. Mr. Playter has been a soild teacher of God's word as a Sunday Morning Discovery teacher. Some of his solid themes include how to be confident in scary times, and understanding God's word. He and his wife, Betty, have raised their two girls in our chuch and he has been an elder for over a decade. We are grateful to have him during this time!


MikeStambaugh

Pastor Mike Stambaugh has served at FBC for 18 years. He currently serves as the Pastor of discipleship. He has a passion for helping people grow in their relationship with Jesus. He is committed to seeing this growth take place through the teaching and sharing of God's Word. His greatest joy is "seeing the lightbulb come on" when God's truth really

becomes real and relevant in a person's life. Mike went to seminary at the Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music. Mike is married to his beautiful wife, Cya, and together they have six children and 13

grandchildren. They both love God’s created nature and their favorite ‘thing’ is to take walks together or ‘two­-tracking’ through the woods of Northern Michigan.


David Wilson

Pastor David is the newest member to the team and serves as the Youth Minister. He has a passion for engaging and equiping students with foundational hope found in the Bible. Pastor Wilson graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Christ for the Nations Institute.

He feels that God has called him to this minstry, and he is excited to be apart of our rapidly growing yout​​​​​​​h. You will most likely find  Pastor Wilson connecting with our youth or enjoying time with his wife Jenni and their three children.


Shelly Burkett

Shelly  and her husband, Greg, assist parents in raising spiritual champions. Miss Shelly is patient and full of grace as she teaches our kids in fun new ways. She also enjoys training, encouraging and watching her volunteers grow spiritually. When you're around Miss Shelly, you can't help but feel the love of Christ and go away with a smile! She has been our children's ministry leader for over ten years. 


OUR STORY

1876

1955

1982

2000

First Baptist Church of Cadillac was formed and first called "First Baptist of Clam Lake" back when the City of Cadillac was called the village of Clam Lake. It started with 7 people. The original church building was purchased for $350 and moved to the  current location in 1888. The church made it through the Depression and the end of the lumbering era.​ The church had grown to over 300 people.

In 1955 the church was remodeled and the sanctuary entrance was moved to Stimson Street. Also, the steeple was torn down and the church bell was donated to Camp Lake Louise. The Women's Ministry Fellowship was vital to the physical, financial and spiritual welfare of the church. The Men's Brotherhood  helped grow and support missions through the American Baptist mission program.They added a 30-passenger bus and a 16-passenger van. The first youth pastor was hired. 

Rev. David McMahon (pastor for the last 30 years) was brought in by the search committee to serve the growing conference. In 1988 the sanctuary was constructed and the cornerstone was placed. Two services were formed to accomodate the growth of over 400 people. The first Associate Pastor was hired. There were 80 members in the choir.  The Food Pantry was started in 1989. The Shepherd's Table began in 1990 as a once a week program that began at noon with a warm meal and ended with a Bible study following the meal. 

Spring of 2000 construction began on the North end of our building which includes the Commons area. We have helped build four churches in India and several dozen children sponsored there. We have expanded global mission involvement. A Haiti Mission Team has changed the living conditions for hundreds of Haitians.  Locally we have launched DivorceCare, DivorceCare 4 Kids, GriefShare, AWANA, Backpack, Kids Hope USA and added a full time youth pastor.

April 30, 2017  Pastor Dave McMahon retired after nearly 4 decades of service.

Other FBC Staff


Office Manager - Kari Shankland​​​​​​​

Office Assistant, Kids Hope USA Director - Bridget Roberts


Business Administrator- Clyde King

Facilities Staff​​​​​​​​​​​​​​- Jerry Augustat
​                           Bob Mathews

                           Kristine Ruetz